SOURCE: Rookwood Pottery Company

Rookwood Pottery Company

February 18, 2010 18:31 ET

Rookwood Pottery Debuts Robust Firsts & Originals at 2010 Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference

Rookwood CEO Is Featured Speaker

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) - This year, the Rookwood Pottery Company will debut a number of "firsts" at the Annual Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference in Asheville, NC, February 19-21, 2010. The Rookwood exhibit will feature original, one-of-a-kind signed vases, one-of-a-kind heritage tiles recast from original molds, and hand-crafted fireplaces with Rookwood surround options. Rookwood's craftsmanship and designs date back to 1880.

"New this year, we are offering beautiful one-of-a-kind artist signed vases that I know collectors will love," Rookwood Pottery CEO Christopher Rose said.

Another first this year, Rose will lead a small group discussion. His session "Ideas To Revitalize Your Arts & Crafts Business" will focus on the importance of being a student of the period and the importance of continually renewing your focus on your core mission. "Stop wasting time trying to manage the chaos of the economy; instead invest your energy in your brand and your products," Rose said.

CEO Rose's session will be held on Saturday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Grove Park Inn.

Additionally, well-known Antiques Road Show Appraiser Riley Humler, who has partnered with Rookwood, will be on site accepting consignments of art pottery and art glass. Humler is gallery director of "The Auctions at Rookwood" and a 25-year Rookwood explorer. In the past 15 years, he has orchestrated the important Rookwood auctions held by Cincinnati Art Galleries and is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on Rookwood Pottery in the world.

Additionally, Rookwood's design team, including artist Mike Vallair, will be on hand at the Contemporary Craftsfirms Show to discuss their latest Rookwood art pottery, art tile and architectural faiences with collectors and Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. Yet another first, Rookwood's exhibit will also include a hand-carved fireplace from expert craftsman Phil Smith. Nearly 50 different looks for fireplace surround options will be available on site that customers can choose from.

"Rookwood's reputation for impeccably designed art tiles and fine artisan quality pottery makes it a perfect fit for our Contemporary Craftsfirms Show and I am glad to see Rookwood reinvigorated and ready to introduce a new generation to excellent hand-crafted tile," said Bruce Johnson, Arts & Crafts Antique Show and Conference director. The Rookwood team will be working with designers and wholesalers at the show.

This is Rookwood Pottery's second year participating in the show that The New York Times calls "The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." Look for Rookwood to announce partnerships with exclusive dealers across the country throughout 2010.

About The Rookwood Pottery Company

A leader in the art-tile industry, the Rookwood Pottery Company continues to set the world-wide standard for what design and ceramics can achieve today. Internationally renowned for impeccable design and craftsmanship since 1880, Rookwood Pottery, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, provides artisan quality art tile, art pottery, and corporate gifts and special commissions to designers, architects, homeowners and businesses.

Rookwood Faience (art tile and sculpture) has graced some of the finest homes and public buildings throughout North America including: Grand Central Station in New York City, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY and the Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today, the Rookwood Pottery Company has the same exacting attention to detail and still uses original techniques when hand-crafting its products. This personal touch by its internationally celebrated artists is what collectors crave and results in the distinctive character that ensures each Rookwood installation is a unique work-of-art.

For more information visit www.rookwood.com or follow Rookwood on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rookwoodpottery.

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