Rookwood Bou­tique Opens

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It’s hard to be­lieve that a 133-year-old pot­tery and tile maker known for its work in a va­ri­ety of Arts & Crafts styles has never had a store­front.

That changed late last year, when the Rookwood Pot­tery Company Store opened in a his­toric build­ing near down­town Cincin­nati. The new 1,000-square­foot bou­tique car­ries thou­sands of pieces, among them the re-re­leased ‘Shiri Dragon Vase’ by Kataro Shi­raya­madani.

Rookwood Pot­tery was founded by Maria Long­worth Ni­chols Storer in 1880. Renowned for its un­usual col­ored clays and glazes, the pot­tery was ac­tive un­til 1941. After decades of off-and-on pro­duc­tion, it was re­vived in 2006 and is now owned by Martin and Mar­i­lyn Wade, and is pro­duc­ing both new work and tra­di­tional pot­tery and tile cast from its col­lec­tion of 3,000 orig­i­nal molds. Rookwood Pot­tery Company Store, open daily, 1209 Jack­son St., Cincin­nati, OH, (513) 579-1209,


ABOVE: De­signed by Kataro Shi­raya­madani in 1907, th­ese can­dle­sticks have been reis­sued for the first time since Rookwood re­opened in 2006. LEFT: Rookwood Pot­tery owner Martin Wade in the new shop near down­town Cincin­nati.

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