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Newcomb Pottery

Newcomb pottery, also known as Newcomb College pottery, was a highlight of the American Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th century. Emphasizing organic motifs and hand-styled vessels, Newcomb pottery can trace its origins to an innovative studio nestled in the heart of America's deep south.

Newcomb pottery began in the hallowed halls of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, a women's college in New Orleans that is now part of Tulane University. As part of the college's efforts to educate forward-thinking young women, they opened an arts program in the late 1880s, with the pottery department opening shortly thereafter. William and Ellsworth Woodward, as well as Mary Given, who soon after hired a remarkable range of potters including the iconic Joseph Meyer, led the studio. The potters assisted with the program and created pieces for public sale produced by professionals and students alike.

Following the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, Newcomb potters used earthen-hued glazes and organic patterns to draw out the artisanal aspects of their pieces. Many looked directly to the Louisiana landscape for their inspiration, channeling local blooms into their designs. It is this refreshingly simple approach that makes Newcomb pottery still so beloved today.


Quick Facts

  • Joseph Meyer's Newcomb pottery pieces won him numerous awards, including a silver medal at the Louisiana Purchase Centennial Exposition in 1904
  • The sheer number of exceptional potters working in the Newcomb studio made it one of the most prolific studios in the late years of the 19th century. More than 70,000 marked Newcomb pieces have been documented
  • So celebrated is the tradition of Newcomb producers that the Smithsonian Institute organized a traveling exhibition that showcases solely Newcomb pieces

Recommended Items at Auction

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Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glazed Bowl, 1914, H.- 3 3/8 in., Dia.- 6 1/2 in.
May 11, 10:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glazed Bowl, 1914, H.- 3 3/8 in., Dia.- 6 1/2 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8001 Bid
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
Apr 19, 11:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $250- $350
$2001 Bid
Newcomb College Art Pottery High Glaze Mug
Apr 19, 11:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery High Glaze Mug
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$8001 Bid
Newcomb College Art Pottery Candlestick
Apr 19, 11:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Candlestick
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Sadie Irvine for Newcomb College Pottery, Scenic vase with live oaks, Spanish moss, and full moon
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
Sadie Irvine for Newcomb College Pottery, Scenic vase with live oaks, Spanish moss, and full moon
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,3000 Bids
Sadie Irvine for Newcomb College Pottery, Scenic vase with live oaks, Spanish moss, and full moon
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
Sadie Irvine for Newcomb College Pottery, Scenic vase with live oaks, Spanish moss, and full moon
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$9000 Bids
Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glazed Vase, 1915, H.- 3 1/2 in., Dia.- 3 1/4 in.
May 11, 10:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glazed Vase, 1915, H.- 3 1/2 in., Dia.- 3 1/4 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8000 Bids
Newcomb College pottery vase
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College pottery vase
by Jaremos
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$3000 Bids
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
Apr 19, 11:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7000 Bids
Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glazed Paper Weight Seal, c. 1914, H.- 5/8 in., Dia.- 3 5/8 in.
May 11, 10:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glazed Paper Weight Seal, c. 1914, H.- 5/8 in., Dia.- 3 5/8 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$4000 Bids
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
Apr 19, 11:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
Apr 19, 11:00 AM CDT
Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Newcomb Pottery


Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Jaremos

Jaremos