60+ Rookwood Pottery Artist Marks & Signatures (With Images)

Rookwood art pottery is treasured for its exotic designs and fine details. Yet, the real secret to its high value—sometimes in the thousands, like the notable Van Briggle vase sold for $187,500 —is the artist’s mark.

These unique signs and monograms on Rookwood pottery identify the work of individual artists. Some pieces by the most renowned artisans are even showcased in museums.

This guide will introduce you to over 100 artists and their unique marks, which shaped Rookwood’s fortune. It’ll also help you understand what makes each piece so special.

Introduction to Rookwood Pottery Artists

After its inception in 1880, the Rookwood Pottery Company started hiring local and international artists to design its pottery. The first artist to join Rookwood was Albert Robert Valentien (1881 – 1905), who created Rookwood’s wildflower, fish, and bird shapes.

In 1887, Japanese artist Kataro Shirayamadani introduced colored glass mosaic pottery at Rookwood. Then, in 1896, Edward Hurley, the Vellum glaze expert, created the watercolor and landscape pottery lines.

Rookwood later worked with artists like Louise Abel, Irene Bishop, Lorinda Epply, and Flora King in the 1900s. These artists introduced intricate floral and geometrical patterns and vibrant glazes like Ombroso and Scenic Vellum.

Altogether, Rookwood Pottery worked with over 136 known artists during its service from 1880 to 1967. Usually, these artists sign their pieces near the RP mark, but you might also find incised or painted initials on the internal walls.

10 Most Popular Rookwood Pottery Artists & Their Signs

Below are the ten most famous Rookwood artists, with their marks and designs, whose signed pottery has sold for sky-high prices.

1. Albert Robert Valentien (1881 – 1905)

Albert Robert Valentien Mark on Rookwood Pottery
Rookwood Pottery Signed by Albert Robert Valentien

Albert Valentien was Rookwood’s first chief decorator from 1881 to 1905. He experimented with Japanese-style swallows, clouds & bamboo motifs with underglaze Rookwood Pottery.

In 1900, Albert even received a gold medal for his iconic Rookwood pottery display at the Paris Exhibition. Albert left Rookwood in 1905 and settled in San Diego, where he ran his short-term pottery business from 1910 to 1913.

  • Auction Records: One of Albert Valentien’s rare California Poppy Rookwood Vase fetched $75,600 at Rago Art Auctions.
  • Popular Shapes by Albert Valentien: Wildflower, Fish & Bird

2. Harriet Elizabeth Wilcox (1886 – 1907)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Harriet Elizabeth Wilcox Mark

Harriet Wilcox was a top Cincinnati Art Academy student and became Rookwood Pottery’s chief decorator in 1886. She introduced the red, black opal, and matt glaze, as well as her signature flower cluster and mythical vase paintings.

3. Kataro Shirayamadani (1887 – 1948)

Rookwood Pottery Kataro Shirayamadani Artist Mark
Kataro Shirayamadani's Artist Mark on Rookwood Pottery

Japanese porcelain painter Kataro Shirayamadani joined Rookwood in 1865. He mimicked Tiffany’s mosaic glass patterns onto matte glaze landscape, bird, and floral designs. Later, in 1900, Kataro switched to underglaze paintings with fused clay pigments and stippling designs.

Today, most of Kataro Shirayamadani’s ceramics are displayed at various museums like the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and others.

  • Auction Records: A Carved Acorn Lampshade with colored-glass floral decoration by Kataro Shirayamadani sold for $25,000 at Toomey & Co. Auctions.
  • Collectible Shapes & Patterns: Cherry Blossom, Morning Glory, Wildflower, Dogwood

4. Amelia Browne Sprague (1887 – 1902)

Rookwood Pottery Signed by Amelia Browne Sprague

Local landscape and geography painter Amelia Sprague joined Rookwood in 1887. She designed beautiful floral, vine, and fruit-themed pottery with silver overlays or rims. Sprague also explored the thicker under-slip pottery instead of the common glazed one.

5. Artus Van Briggle (1890 – 1900)

Rookwood Pottery Designer Artus Van Briggle Mark

Artus Van Briggle revamped Rookwood’s Goldware line with a slip-textured glaze on green, yellow, and brown designs in the 1890s. But, in 1898, Artus moved to the on-trend Art Nouveau pottery with elongated silhouette shapes.

6. Constance Amelia Baker (1892 – 1904)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Constance Amelia Baker Mark

Constance Amelia Baker joined Rookwood as a photographer in 1892. She developed the realistic ‘Native-American’ line by casting her clicks under the Iris and Vellum glaze.

7. Edward Timothy Hurley (1896 – 1948)

Rookwood Pottery with Edward Timothy Hurley's Sign

A top landscape painter, Edward Hurley is known for his textured and bubbly Vellum glazes at Rookwood. Artist Edward also designed pastel-tinted waterscape & landscape vases, but they had blurred, plaque paintings with tall & minimal shapes.

8. Charles Carl Schmidt (1896 – 1927)

Rookwood Pottery with Charles Carl Schmidt's Sign

German artist Charles Schmidt joined Rookwood the same year as Edward. While Edward curated the Vellum glaze, Charles designed the in-slip landscape and maritime paintings under it.

Charles left Rookwood to join the R. F. Johnston Paint Co. in 1927 but ended up developing graphics at the Cincinnati Times-Star. Most of Carl’s pottery work is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

9. Sara Sax (1899 – 1931)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Sara Sax Mark
Sara Sax's Mark on Old Rookwood Pottery

Sara Sax was a native Cincinnati artist known for introducing Rookwood’s ‘French Red Glaze line’ in 1899. She brought peacock and feather designs, birds, and other new animal motifs to Rookwood and worked on Art Deco and Art Nouveau pottery.

10. Lorinda Epply (1904 – 1948)

Rookwood Pottery with Lorinda Epply Sign

During her long service at Rookwood, Lorinda worked with various glazes, including the rare black opal and jewel glaze. Her work depicts simplicity, with mostly pastel cream walls and a low-contrast design on top.

Other Rookwood Pottery Designers & Artist Marks

Rookwood pottery pieces may also feature other artists’ marks and signatures. Below, we’ll look at these less common marks and collectors’ desirability for these artists’ signed pottery.

11. William Auckland (1881 – 1887)

William Auckland's Mark on Old Rookwood Pottery

William was Rookwood’s first official thrower (a method of shaping vessels on a potter’s wheel.) Although he didn’t decorate any pieces, his initials are found on early 1880s pottery beside the brand mark.

  • Collector’s interest: Average

12. Fanny Louise Auckland (1881 – 1884)

Fanny Louise Rookwood Pottery Monogram

British illustrator Fanny Auckland designed unique nail-head, stamp, or die designs for Rookwood’s red ceramic range.

  • Collector’s interest: Above Average

13. Laura Anne Fry (1881 – 1888)

Laura Anne Fry Rookwood Pottery Sign

Apart from her painted and glazed black ink pottery, Laura is known for her mouth-blown atomizers that created the colored slip backgrounds for Rookwood’s Standard Glaze line.

  • Collectors Interest: High Demand

14. Matthew Andrew Daly (1883 – 1903)

Matthew Andrew Daly Rookwood Pottery Monogram

American illustrator Matthew Daly explored the conservative, leafy bamboo, butterfly, and Japanese swallow designs at Rookwood.

  • Collectors Interest: High Demand

15. Anna Marie Bookprinter (1884 – 1905)

Anna Marie Bookprinter signed Rookwood Pottery
Old Rookwood Pottery with Anna Marie Bookprinter's Sign

American art illustrator Anna Bookprinter is known for her Limoges and standard glaze work at Rookwood.

  • Collectors Interest: Average Demand

16. Grace Young (1886 – 1904)

Grace Young Signed Rookwood Pottery

American portrait artist Grace Young introduced native American portrait designs to Standard and Cameo glaze pottery. Young’s signed illustrative Rookwood Pottery can fetch $400 – 5,000 per size and condition!

  • Collectors Interest: High Demand

17. Edward Abel (1890 – 1935)

Edward Abel Signed Rookwood Pottery

You can spot Edward Abel’s work on Rookwood’s Standard Glaze, Cameo Hi-Glaze, and Tiger Eye Glaze pottery.

  • Collectors Demand: Average 

18. John Hamilton Delany Wareham (1893 – 1950)

John Hamilton Delany Wareham Signed Rookwood Pottery
Rookwood Pottery Signed by John Hamilton Delany Wareham
John Hamilton Delany Wareham's Mark on Rookwood Pottery

Former Cincinnati Art Academy student John Hamilton Delany Wareham became Rookwood’s Art President in 1934. His work usually involves floral and peacock feather motifs in the Iris, Seagreen & Matte glaze.

  • Collectors Interest: Average

19. Lenore Asbury (1894 – 1931)

Lenore Asbury's Signature on Old Rookwood Pottery

Another former Cincinnati Art member, Lenore Asbury, is famous for her intricate, floral, and abstract designs in the Iris and Vellum glazes.

  • Collectors’ Interest: High Demand

20. Frederick Rothenbusch (1896 – 1931)

Frederick Rothenbusch's Mark on Old Rookwood Pottery

Frederick Rothenbusch, the nephew of artist Albert Valentien, worked as Rookwood’s chief decorator from 1896 to 1931. During this time, he worked with shaded or washed plaques and landscape paintings with a vellum glaze on top.

  • Collectors Demand: Above Average

21. Irene Bishop (1900 – 1909)

Irene Bishop Marked Rookwood Pottery

You can spot Irenen’s work by pastel-tinted, realistic fruit, seed, or floral designs under the standard and Iris glaze.

  • Collectors Demand: Average

22. Arthur Conant (1915 – 1939)

Rookwood Pottery with Arthur Conant's Mark

Arthur was one of the few underglaze decoration artists at Rookwood. He’s best known for high-contrast, flashy pottery paintings with natural elements. In 1920, Arthur also designed Rookwood’s Japonesque line with his pine, duck, and rabbit designs.

  • Collectors Demand: Above Average

23. Louise Abel (1919 – 1932)

Louise Abel's Mark on Old Rookwood Pottery

Louise Abel became Rookwood’s chief decorator in 1919. She revamped Rookwood’s landscape pottery with slip-painted animal, mythical, and figural designs.

  • Collectors Demand: Average

24. Elizabeth Barrett (1924 – 1946)

Rookwood Pottery with Elizabeth Barrett's Signature

Elizabeth played around with organic, curved, and fluid Rookwood designs under a matte or glossy glaze.

  • Collectors Interest: Average

Here are some more designers who showed their artistry at Rookwood Pottery Co. for less than five to ten years. You can spot their works by their unique decorator marks and monograms on a Rookwood piece. 

Katherine de Golter

(1881 – 1882)

Katherine de Golter Signed Rookwood Pottery

Alice Holabird

(1881 – 1883)

Alice Holabird Signed Rookwood Pottery

Henry Farny


Henry Farny's Sign on Rookwood Pottery

William Henry Joseph Breuer

(1881 – 1883)

William Henry Joseph Breuer Sign on Rookwood Pottery

William Purcell McDonald

(Around 1882)

Rookwood Pottery Artist William Purcell McDonald Mark

Nicholas Joseph Hirschfeld

(1882 – 1883)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Nicholas Joseph Hirschfeld Sign

Emma D. Foertmeyer

(1887 – 1895)

Rookwood Pottery Emma D. Foertmeyer Monograms

Sallie Toohey

(1887 – 1931)

Rookwood Designer Sallie Toohey's Sign



Rookwood Pottery A.E.Foy's Sign

Kate Field


Rookwood Pottery Signed by Kate Field

Sarah Elizabeth Coyne

(1891 – 1939)

Rookwood Pottery Signed by Sarah Elizabeth Coyne

Charles John Dibowski

(1892 – 1895)

Rookwood Pottery Charles John Dibowski Sign
Charles John Dibowski Signed Rookwood Pottery

Daniel Cook

(1893 – 1895)

Daniel Cook Signed Rookwood Pottery

Carolyn Frances (Carrie) Steinle

(1892 – 1925)

Carrie Steinle Signed Rookwood Pottery

Josephine Ella Zettel 

(1892 – 1904)

Josephine Ella Zettel Signed Rookwood Pottery

Robert Bruce Horsfall

(1893 – 1896)

Rookwood Pottery Signed by Robert Bruce Horsfall

Katharine Hickman

(1895 – 1900)

Rookwood Pottery with Katharine Hickman's Sign

Cora Crofton


Rookwood Pottery with Cora Crofton's Designer Mark

Rose Fechheimer

(1896 – 1906)

Rookwood Pottery with Rose Fechheimer's Artist Mark

Arthur E. Goetting


Rookwood Pottery Arthur E. Goetting Mark

Elizabeth Wheldon Brain

(1898 – 1899)

Rookwood Pottery Elizabeth Wheldon Brain Monograms

Thomas Altman 

(1899 – 1904)

Thomas Altman marked Rookwood Pottery

Virginia B. Demarest

(1900 -1903)

Vintage Rookwood Pottery with Virginia B. Demarest Sign

Caroline F. Bonsall 

(1901 – 1905)

Old Rookwood Pottery Caroline F. Bonsall Mark

Lena E. Hanscom

(1902 – 1907)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Lena E. Hanscom Mark

Edith Regina Felton

(1903 – 1908)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Edith Regina Felton Mark

Edith Noonan

(1904 – 1910)

Rookwood Pottery Signed by Edith Noonan

Orville Hicks

(1906 – 1907)

Rookwood Pottery Signed by Orville Hicks

Cecil A. Duell

(1907 – 1915)

Rookwood Pottery Artist Cecil A. Duell Mark

Elizabeth McDermott

(1912 – 1919)

Rookwood Ceramics Elizabeth McDermott Artist Mark

Mary Grace Denzler

(1913 – 1917)

Rookwood Pottery with a Mary Grace Denzler Mark

William Ernst Hentschel

(1913 – 1932)

Rookwood William Ernst Hentschel Artist Mark

Helen Lyons

(1913 – 1916)

Rookwood Helen Lyons Artist Mark

Patti Rose Conant

(1914 – 1923)

Rookwood Pottery Signed by Patti Rose Conant

Alice E. Caven

(1917 – 1919)

Rookwood Pottery Alice E. Caven Artist Sign

Catherine Calhoun Crabtree

(1923 – 1924)

Catherine Calhoun Crabtree's Mark on Rookwood Pottery

Jens Jensen

(1927 – 1940)

Jens Jensen's Mark on Rookwood Pottery

Janet Harris

(1929 – 1932)

Janet Harris's Monogram on Rookwood Pottery

Lois Furukawa 

(1944 – 1948)

Lois Furukawa's Sign on Rookwood Pottery

Eugenia Baker 


Rookwood Pottery with Eugenia Baker's Monogram

William T. Glass

(1959 – 1963)

Old Rookwood Pottery with William T. Glass Mark

William F. Fry

William F. Fry Signed Rookwood Pottery

Sallie Coyne

Sallie Coyne Signed Rookwood Pottery

Like the other Rookwood brand marks, the artists’ signs can tell you a lot about Rookwood Art Pottery, like its history, maker, and age. So, use the above visual guide to identify all such rare and common artist marks and value them rightly based on their rarity.

Judith Miller
Judith Miller

Judith is an antique expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of antique identification and valuation. She has reviewed over 30 thousand vintage items and has worked with numerous antique shops. She enjoys seeing new places, attending antique shows and events, and sharing her knowledge with people! Know more about me

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