An exhibition featuring classic tiles from the collection of Rookwood Pottery, “History Under Fire,” will open at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center with a public reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Jim Robinson, Chief Glaze Chemist for Rookwood, will speak in the Learning Center auditorium at 3 p.m. during the opening reception about the history of Rookwood and they work they are doing to preserve an artistic and historic tradition that dates back more than 120 years.
Rookwood was founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, who brought together artists and glaze technicians to create an award-winning America presence in worldwide ceramics. Her efforts were first recognized when Rookwood received the First Prize Gold Medal at the 1889 Paris Exhibition.
Named after the Longworth family estate in Cincinnati, Rookwood became the first female manufacturing company in the United States, and today is owned by Cincinnati patrons Martin and Marilyn Wade. Rookwood tiles are found in Union Terminal, the US Military Academy at West Point, international museums and thousands of private homes.
The exhibition will be on display at the Voice of America Learning Center through April 13, and may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The exhibition is part of Miami University’s year-long celebration of The Year of the Arts.
The Center is located at 7847 VOA Park Drive, at the corner of Cox Road and VOA Park Drive, in West Chester. For more information visit www.muohio.edu/voalc or call the Learning Center at 513-895-8862.