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Roseville Pottery began with the 1892 acquisition of the J. B. Owens company, which had been founded in 1885 in Roseville, Ohio, by a group of Ohio businessmen including George Young, C. F. Allison, and several others. As the popularity of its original lines of stoneware began to grow, Roseville Pottery needed to expand, and they did so with the 1892 and 1898 purchases of the Linden Avenue Plant of the Clark Stoneware Co. and the Midland Pottery respectively. Operations slowly started to shift to Zanesville, Ohio, the town where the Linden Ave. Plant was located and the site of subsequent factory acquisitions. This region of Ohio had become a center of ceramics production due to the rich local clays. By about 1910, all of the work had shifted to Zanesville and operations in Roseville ceased. Nevertheless, Roseville Pottery had not yet begun to make the finer art pottery for which they are known today. George Young is said to have made the decision to create art pottery and hired Ross C. Purdy as the artistic designer. The first result was the Roseville Rozane line, combining the words Roseville and Zanesville. Rozane was type of brown underglaze pottery that was already popular at the time, but Roseville gave it new variations. Early work in the Rozane line frequently featured very fine hand painting by quality artists and evoking floral themes like Rookwood but also people and cultures like the "Dutch" series.

Soon, new artists were being hired such as Gazo "Fudgi" Fujiyama who created the orientally inspired Woodland, or Fujiyama, line as well as Rozane Fudji, and John Herold who created the Rozane Mongol line. Many Roseville lines were a response to the innovations of Weller Pottery, and in 1904 Frederick Rhead was hired away from Weller as artistic director and created the Olympic and Della Robbia lines. During these times, Roseville made quality art pottery but was viewed as more of a mid tier line, reproducing the techniques of others for a wider market.

However, it was Frank Ferrel, who served as Roseville artistic director from 1917 until 1954, who created many of the most popular and memorable lines including Pine Cone, and in 1918 at the end of World War I the "Roseville U.S.A." mark was first used. The Pine Cone line alone had over 70 individual pieces to collect, and colors included the most common green as well as lesser seen brown and blue. Floral lines were diverse and always popular, including Dogwood, Iris, Sunflower, Wisteria, Peony, Apple Blossom, Clematis, Bleeding Heart, Blackberry, and many more. Also, Roseville produced a fascinating variety of pieces including bowls, vases, wall pockets, jardinieres and stands, candlesticks, ewers, bookends, and more!

During these years, Roseville Pottery lines were still sold at prices affordable to the middle class, but now they were innovating rather than following others. It is interesting to note that successive generations of George Young's family were the only original founders to maintain direct involvement in the operations. It was in 1954 that Roseville Pottery was sold to first New England Ceramics and subsequently to Franklin Potteries, but Roseville operations were soon halted.

There are many Roseville reproductions on the market, so when buying you need to take care. The glaze on many reproductions is dull and less defining of features than period authentic wares, and shapes and sizes usually vary from the originals. Marks are certainly no guarantee of authenticity, but market sources say many reproductions are only marked Roseville on the bottom and don't have the typical addition of USA. Perhaps this is a way that the dishonest try to fool collectors into nuances of law, but that doesn't work either because Roseville Pottery did use the Roseville mark without the associated USA from approximately 1931 until 1937. However, no mark should give you an assurance of authenticity with Roseville, so look very closely at the detail and quality and seek out reputable dealers who know the difference.

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