The primary purpose of this website is to provide information about the Roseville Pottery Company which operated in Roseville, and Zanesville Ohio from around 1890 to 1954. Included is a very brief history of the Company, Roseville Pottery pattern number information, many pictures of different patterns and where available shape numbers by pattern are given. Information presented here has been compiled from numerous sources. There is a lot of conflicting data out there and I am doing my best to be accurate. I can make NO guarantees and welcome input.
I am embarking on a major upgrade to this site which will be more like a slow evolution. It will include a revamp of the pattern pages including more images and updating pattern number information (a very imperfect process as so many resources have differing information).
There will be a pattern images gallery and lastly a search-able shape identification function (providing I can get it coded to work reasonably well).
This will require many, many hours and will not be done in weeks or months.
Outlining the historical evolution of a pottery that adapted to changes in tastes, styles, economy and technology.
Roseville Pottery - The Early Years
In 1890, Roseville Pottery’s production consisted of functional earthenware which was used for cooking, storing food, and other boring, everyday uses. During the late 1890’s Roseville Pottery’s president, George F. Young noticed that other Ohio potteries were having success producing and selling functional artware. Young decided that if his company was to remain competitive with the likes of Weller and Owens a dramatic change must be made.
A time of transition
The second decade of the 20th century was a time of change for America and the World. The Arts & Crafts Era was coming to an end in Europe and the US (around 1915) and there was the Great War. Companies such as Roseville would be forced to change in order to survive--and change they did. In this case, change was good and it laid the foundation for the bright future to come.
As the teens were winding down public tastes were changing. In addition, production costs had grown tremendously which made it difficult to compete with the less costly factory-produced ceramics. Most could not afford labor intensive wares and had to be satisfied with bright and comparatively inexpensive items available at the local flower-markets. In order to compete the American manufacturers began production of what should be called 'Industrial Art Ware'. This was not all bad as a group of very talanted designers were 'turned loose' to create.