American art pottery was first made in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the 1870's. Art pottery pieces were hand-thrown, hand-decorated artistic products. Later products, also considered part of the art pottery movement, were made with underglaze slip decoration, matte glaze, high-gloss glaze, carved, molded, or applied decoration, and with a variety of other techniques. Many of the art potteries started as one-man or one-woman operations and then grew to become large successful financial ventures with hundreds of employees, until the art pottery movement in America ended in the 1930's. Overlapping with the art pottery movement were the studio potters of the 1920's and after.
Please select from the listed companies to view some rare and unusual pieces from the early, as well as the post-1920's, American art potters.