Rookwood - by Bobbie Sweeney
Illustrated by Susan Yockey Sprague
Mosaic Press, Cincinnati, 1983
Stone Veneer Dorfner Binding. Spine covered in light grey buffalo skin. Stone veneer covered boards with veneer and handmade paper tabs. Sewn on snakeskin tapes. Novasuede fly leaf made to handmade Katie MacGregor paper. Leather wrapped endbands. Sprinkled edges in the rough.
Book housed in a dark grey buffalo skin clamshell box with a light grey buffalo skin back-pared onlay. Trays covered in handmade Katie MacGregor paper and lined with Novasuede. Box stamped in light grey foil with book title.
7.7cm x 5.7cm x 1.2cm – Completed in 2016
- Exhibited in 2017 North Bennet Street School Student & Alumni Exhibit
This miniature is about Rookwood Pottery, a studio founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, who fell in love with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Nichols desired to bring these European and Oriental designs to America. Throughout its run, Rookwood became known for several styles of design, glazes and unique shapes.
I choose to bind this book with stone veneer in the hopes that it would capture the textures and feel of decorated pottery. The assemblage of petals made from wood veneer and handmade paper are pulled from one of the vase designs illustrated in the text. The box is adorned with the famous R-P monogram, which was adopted in 1886 as the studio's identifying mark. A single flame was added for each year after 1886, thus the box denotes the year 1887.