Roseville Pottery Artists Signs: Visual Guide With Marks

Roseville Pottery is one of the most desirable and valuable ceramic collectibles today, all thanks to its distinct nature-inspired, lively, cultural, and futuristic designs.

But have you ever wondered about the artist who painted or designed those unique patterns? If yes, this blog is just for you!

Join me to unfold the history of Roseville Pottery making and learn about all the artists and designers who breathed life into the pieces with their creative decorations and their own signatures!

Introducing Roseville Pottery Artists

After shifting its headquarters to Zanesville, Roseville Pottery Company started hiring artists to design and decorate its pottery. The first artist to join Roseville Pottery Co. was Ross C. Purdy, who designed its earliest decorative pottery line, Rozane.

In the early 1900s, John Harold started working with Roseville and designed more Rozane patterns, like Mara and Mongol. After John came the Japanese artist Gazo Fudji, the designer of the rare Fujiyama and Woodland lines.

During the 1900s and 1910s, Roseville released many iconic lines (Rhead lines) under art designer Fredrick Rhead (1904-08) and then his brother Harry Rhead (1908-18). Fredrick introduced the most valuable Roseville line, Della Robbia, apart from Olympic, Aztec, Crocus, and Cremo. Harry is known for Donatello, Mustique, Carnelian, Paleo, and Juvenile lines.

After Rhead Brothers, Roseville Pottery Co. welcomed Frank Ferrell as its next Art Director in 1918. Ferrell played a significant role in popularizing the company with many iconic lines, such as the Pinecone, Futura, Ferella, and more, until the company collapsed in 1954.

Most Popular Artists & Potters of Roseville Pottery & Their Signs

1. Ross C Purdy

Ross Purdy was the first art designer to be hired by Roseville Pottery Company in 1900. He introduced the first art pottery line, Rozane, the typical undecorated or slip-decorated pottery.

Soon, more artists were hired to hand-paint Purdy’s Rozane Ware with several floral, human, and wildlife motifs and patterns.

Roseville Rozane Ware items signed by Ross Purdy have hardly been found to date. Instead, the Rozane Ware bears the signs of decorators like W. Myers.

2. John Harold

Roseville Pottery John Harold Mark

John Harold became the Art Director of the Roseville Pottery Company in 1900. He brought his pottery artistry to life and expanded the Rozane line with many more new, minimalistic patterns.

Popular Lines & Patterns By Harold: Azurean, Rozane Mara, Rozane Mongol

3. Frederick Hurten Rhead

Roseville Pottery Frederick Rhead Sign
Fredrick Rhead Mark on Roseville Pottery

Frederick Rhead was the designer and art director at Roseville Pottery Company from 1904 to 1908. He experimented with Majolica glazes and designed many of Roseville’s well-known lines himself while directing many others.

Known Patterns By F. Rhead: Della Robbia, Olympic, Cremo, Crocus

4. Harry Rhead

Harry Rhead Sign on Roseville Pottery
Harry Read Signature on Roseville Pottery

After Fredrick Rhead, his brother, Harry Rhead, took his place at the Roseville Pottery Co. in 1908. Frederick designed the popular Roseville Donatello line, as well as the Carnelian and Pauleo lines, which can be found with his artist’s signature.

Valuable Lines & Patterns: Donatello, Pauleo, Carnelian

5. Gazo Fudji

Japanese designer Gazo Fujiyama joined Roseville Pottery in the early 1900s. He brought charismatic and distinct Japanese design elements to Roseville pottery, which made it stand out.

Usually, the lines designed by Fudji are usually unmarked or solely marked with the Rozane Ware wafer at the bottom.

Iconic Lines & Patterns: Woodland, Fujiyama/Fudi

6. Frank Ferrell

Roseville Pottery Designer Frank Ferrell Sign
Frank Ferrell Mark on Roseville Pottery

Frank Ferrell was a native Zanesville pottery designer who worked at several pottery companies before moving to Roseville Pottery Co. in 1917. He worked as an Art Director at Roseville Company for about thirty years.

With his rich experience and innovative pottery decoration ideas, he became one of its most successful and known designers.

Popular Lines & Patterns By F. Rhead: Sylvan, Vista, Dogwood, Futura, Pinecone, Dahlrose, Ferella, Wisteria (oversaw or designed Blackberry, Baneda, Rosecraft, etc.)

Other Roseville Pottery Designers & Artists’ Marks

Apart from the above designers, many other pottery artists worked with Roseville Pottery Co., whose signs and monograms are occasionally seen on Roseville pieces. These include:

A. Lewis  

A. Lewis Roseville Pottery Monogram

Allen Simpson     

Allen Simpson Roseville Pottery Sign

Arthur Williams   

Arthur Williams Signed Roseville Pottery
Roseville Pottery Artist Arthur Williams Mark

Anna Daltherty   

Roseville Pottery Artist Anna Daltherty Mark

A. F. Best   

A. F. Best Signed Roseville Pottery

Anthony Dunlavy    

Anthony Dunlavy Signature on Roseville Pottery

Ben Seibel 

Roseville Raymor Artist Ben Seibel Sign

B. Mallen   

Roseville Pottery Signed B. Mallen
B. Mallen Sign on Roseville Pottery

Caroline Steinle  

Caroline Steinle Mark on Roseville Pottery
Roseville Pottery Artist Caroline Steinle Sign

Charles Chilcoate  

Roseville Pottery Charles Chilcoate Sign

Clolinda Zanetta   

Clolinda Zanetta Marked Roseville Pottery

Claude Leffler     

Claude Leffler Artist Signed Roseville Pottery
Roseville Pottery with Claude Leffler Monogram

E. Dutro  

E. Dutro Monogram on Roseville Pottery

Elizabeth Ayers 

Elizabeth Ayers Sign on Roseville Pottery
Roseville Pottery Marked with Elizabeth Ayers Sign

Fred Steele  

Fred Steele Sign on Roseville Pottery

George Neff  

Roseville Ceramics George Neff Sign

Gordon Mull  

Gordon Mull Signed Roseville Pottery

Gussie Gerwich  

Roseville Pottery with Gussie Gerwich Sign

Harry Lazelere (Rozane Royal Grapevines)   

Harry Lazelere Sign on Roseville Royal Rozane
Harry Lazelere Signed Roseville Pottery

Hattie Mitchell  

Roseville Pottery with Hattie Mitchell Sign
Roseville Pottery Artist Hattie Mitchell Sign

Heleen Smith   

Heleen Smith Sign on Roseville Pottery

Hester Pillsbury   

Roseville Pottery Artist Hester Pillsbury Mark
Hester Pillsbury Signature on Roseville Pottery

Josephine Inlay   

Josephine Inlay's Sign on Roseville Pottery

Lillie Mitchell

Lillie Mitchell Signed Roseville Pottery

Madge Hurst   

Roseville Pottery Designer Madge Hurst Sign

Mae Timberlake 

Roseville Pottery Signed by Mae Timberlake

Mignon Martineau 

Mignon Martineau Sign on Roseville Pottery

Minnie Mitchell  

Minnie Mitchell Artist Sign on Roseville Pottery

Minnie Terry  

Minnie Terry Mark on Roseville Pottery

M. Myers  

M. Myers Signed Roseville Pottery

Sarah Timberlake  

Sarah Timberlake Sign on Roseville Pottery
Roseville Pottery Designer Sarah Timberlake Mark

Tot Steele  

Tot Steele Sign on Roseville Pottery

Virginia Adams   

Virginia Adams Marked Roseville Pottery
Roseville Pottery Artist Virginia Adams Sign

William Hall    

Roseville Pottery Designer William Hall Sign

Walter Myers (Lily Pattern)     

Roseville Pottery Artist Walter Myers Sign

Remember, the artist monograms, as shown above, can also be found on other potteries like Rookwood and Weller potteries, as many designers worked as freelancers with multiple companies.

Just like Roseville Pottery company marks, the artists’ signatures and monograms are also great features to authenticate the piece and set the right price tag for it. So, use this guide guide to verify and appraise your product. For more help in appraising, check out my Roseville Pottery value guide!

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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