has announced that it will take on the biannual Cincinnati Art Galleries Auction. These sales are the largest Rookwood Pottery auctions in the world, and curators, designers and collectors come from around the country in search of the perfect pottery piece.
Cincinnati Art Galleries has hosted this auction for many years, but has decided to streamline their product offerings by focusing more exclusively on 19th and 20th century European and American paintings. Riley Humler, currently the Gallery Director of Cincinnati Art Galleries, will assume the position of Director of Auctions at Rookwood Pottery, bringing with him his team of art pottery and art glass experts.
"We have always had a great working relationship with Rookwood Pottery and applaud Christopher Rose and his vision for Rookwood," said Humler. "It is incredible that I can say that I now work there, having been an enthusiastic Rookwood fan all of my adult life."
Rookwood owner Rose and his team have been working hard since 2005 to bring the historic legacy of Rookwood back to Cincinnati. The company recently relocated to a 100,000 square-foot facility
in the heart of Over-the-Rhine this year. They have plans to turn the auction into a three-day art pottery conference-style event, complete with receptions, speakers and studio tours.
"Moving this (event) to Over-the-Rhine and expanding it to be more of a conference will only further Over-the-Rhine's reputation as a vital center for the arts - something that means a great deal to us at Rookwood," said Suzanne Blackburn, Marketing Manager for Rookwood Pottery.
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