Rookwood pottery dating system
Most books and online sources will provide a date range for when a particular mark was used by a specific manufacturer.
Learning how to look up a pottery mark takes a little understanding of how the various marks are arranged.
However, the Newcomb Guild proved to be less popular than the earlier program and it effectively ended with Sadie Irvine's retirement in 1952.
Early pieces at the Pottery closely reflected the arts and crafts era in which the Pottery was operating.
The pottery often depicted Louisiana's local flora, done in blue, yellow and green high glazes.
Among the first persons to be hired by the Woodwards to assist with the new pottery program were the potters.
Unlike the artists who created and carved the designs for the Pottery, the potters were all men, as it was believed that a "male potter would be needed to work the clay, throw the pots, fire the kiln and handle the glazing." The first potter hired was Jules Garby in 1895.
Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, the women's college now associated with Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.