Roseville Pottery: Beauty In Patterns

by: Amy Metz

The Roseville Pottery Company is well known for its high color contents and unique styles. Highly collectible and sought after, Roseville pottery continues to be one of the forerunners in auction houses and antique stores across the nation. Ceasing to stay in business after 1954 and remaining so popular today says a lot for the quality in which supported this particular pottery business.

Roseville Pottery has style. One of the patterns produced for an extended period of time was the Pinecone. There are a mind-boggling 75 items in the Pinecone line – surely including something for yourself or as a perfect gift. Apple Blossom patterns were found in pink, green and blue and each had numerous items from which to choose. Wall pockets, window boxes, and candleholders are just a few of the items from which to choose. Examples of style and quality that went into every Roseville pottery piece is evident in all of the pottery lines offered. Early in Roseville’s history, styles such as Donatello, Pauleo, and Azurene were popular.

It was in 1892 that George F. Young founded The Roseville Pottery Co. Young as well as other potters of this time period chose Zanesville, Ohio as a place to create pottery due to the rich and plentiful clay deposits available. Roseville Pottery, like many other pottery companies of the late 1800’s produced utilitarian pieces such as flowerpots, umbrella stands, and stoneware.

Early in 1900 Rozane became the first high class pottery line produced by Roseville. Rozane survived, thrived and branched out into the early 1920’s. Rozane Ware had highly glossed brown and blue coloring. Rozane Ware also came with hand painted animals, nature scenes, and portraits and looked more like an early competitor of Roseville Pottery bore a metallic sticker as recognition it was Roseville Pottery and very rarely did this stickers survive. Even as we disregard the sticker Rozane Ware was difficult to recognize as Roseville Pottery as they are not traditional in the way most individuals view Roseville Pottery.

In 1904, Frederick Rhead became art director for Roseville Pottery. This man was responsible for producing the now rare and extremely hard to find pottery lines at Roseville Pottery. Among the very rare art, were pottery lines such as Fudgi, Crystalis, and Aztec. It was in 1919 that the production of many of todays favorites began. The most popular patterns, and the classic Roseville that most of us know, stemmed from such patterns as Dahlrose, Sunflower, and Wisteria.

When purchasing Roseville Pottery online it is imperative to choose a company that takes time to assure the quality and authenticity of the Roseville items they offer. One such site is They understand the hard work that goes into making the decision to purchase collectible pottery. Being certain you get exactly what you are paying for is their main goal. There are several other ways to purchase Roseville Pottery. Auctions, thrift stores and even yard sales are all places where reproductions can be knowingly sold. When it comes to buying collectible pottery it is a great idea to buy what you like.

About The Author

Amy Metz is the author of “Pottery Shopping: Price Comparison” Grab your free copy at

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