The Arts and Crafts Movement, which developed in the late 19th century as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and "soulless," poorly crafted, machine-made objects, sparked a renewed interest in handmade objects, and spurred the growth of studio potteries and art pottery. Art pottery, defined as pottery created more for its artistic merit than for its functional use, thrived in Ohio in the early decades of the 20th century, including the Rookwood, Weller, and Roseville establishments.
Keramic Studio is a magazine that was published from 1899-1924 in response to this burgeoning area of artistic creativity. Its first issue states, "This magazine is the outgrowth of an increasing demand for practical designs and instructions for students of keramics...to help all those who are struggling in their efforts to reach higher ideals." It was edited by Adelaide Alsop Robineau, an American painter and potter from Syracuse, New York, who went on to international acclaim for some of her exquisite creations.
Cleveland Public Library has a complete set of these lovely volumes, with beautiful images and interesting articles that reflect the high level of artistry prevalent at that time in American life. Stop by Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the Main Library to take a look!