I love Mark Twain, and pottery, and the fact it was an advertising piece just added to my interest. I have had it on my literature shelf, with figurines of Mr. Twain, and some of my other favorite authors.
I had attempted to find out more about ROZART Pottery, but back then the internet didn't have all the info that's available now. Since it's for my own enjoyment, and not for sale, I hadn't pursued researching it. Then up popped this Antique Trader article the other day -- and I thought at last I would get the answers.
[Note: This was a post from back in 2011, and I am revisiting it now, in February 2014.]
Well, turns out the short piece by Dan Brownell is just a teaser, skimming the product line names, and describing the marks. I should say, the piece is an excerpt from Mr. Brownell's price guide, and the marks descriptions will certainly help his readers. I did get some of my answers, but many questions were raised. So I decided to google the heck out of the subject. Here's some of what I found, besides lots of ebay listings for some of the gorgeous pottery for sale.
Dan Brownell's article starts off by telling us that ROZART POTTERY was started by George and Rose Rydings in the 1960s, in Kansas City (Missouri). -- [I found online reference's dating it to 1968.]
You can read the rest of the price guide section on Rozart here via googlebooks.
Their style harked back to the works of Rookwood and Weller. An online search will show you they succeeded beautifully. And you can track values easily online. I am sure prices will go steadily up as time passes. It is truly ART pottery.
As to my questions: Are they still in business? If not, when did they stop work? The AT article does not say anything about the pottery's current status.
- Here's the Rozart trademark sketch from: http://www.trademarkia.com/rozart-art-pottery-73011485.html -- designated Expired.
- According to the Iowa Art Pottery Association, Rozart Pottery is no longer produced, but was still active in 2002 when Rozart Pottery made a commemorative piece for the IAPA (The 2002 Commemorative Plaque produced by Rozart Pottery Co is pictured here.
- An auctioneer did Rose Ryding's living estate auction in 2009, after her husband George had passed away. Since the couple started the pottery studion in the late 1960s, Rose is probably in her late 70s.
- There is no website for Rozart Pottery, although a google search comes up with this link -- Rozart Pottery Studio. 504 North Kimball, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 ... About Rozart Pottery Studio. We specialize in hand crafted American Art Pottery -- so apparently they used to have a website. Currently that website is a Russian site (probably a domain holder).
- The mailing address comes up on trulia w/ real estate info and photos of the family home, including an etched window that reads ROSEHAVEN -- http://www.trulia.com/property/1090376092-504-N-Kimball-St-Excelsior-Springs-MO-64024
Update #1: I shared this post over on the Collectors Weekly site, and here are a couple of comments that were posted there:
Update #2: Thanks to ebay, I found this listing [link]:
The MAY - JUNE 2001 (VOL. 17, NO. 3) MAGAZINE “THE AMERICAN ART POTTERY ASSOCIATION JOURNAL” has a very important 4-page article about Rozart Pottery and the company’s founding members George & Rose Rydings – showing George Rydings at the potter’s wheel and Rose Rydings at the decorator’s table, as well as numerous examples of Rozart art pottery: Rozart Pottery: How It Came To Be – by Becky White
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