The Migration of Tradition by Tina Westerkamp and a group of ArtWorks apprentices is located on the side of the Rookwood Pottery headquarters at 1920 Race St. in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati.
The color palette for the mural was inspired by the luminescent glazes that have made the company famous:
The main subject is a bird constructed out of tile forms representing historic and contemporary Rookwood product lines [hence the title of the mural]:
Cincinnati artist Tina Westerkamp is known for her use of color, which you can here as well as in another ArtWorks mural that features a large-scale bird, The Divine Proportion of All Things in Covington, KY.
It’s tough to capture a good photo of the entire mural because cars park in front of it. This is most of the mural:
Located right by Findlay Market, this building houses the Rookwood studio and showroom [there’s a store a few blocks south at 1209 Jackson St.]. I highly recommend taking a free guided tour if you can — it’s a great activity for visitors to Cincinnati as well. When I took the tour, I got to see these cats-in-progress:
I also got a behind-the-scenes look at the mold collection and all phases of construction:
The showroom contains a display of historic pieces, many products for sale as well as examples of installed tile, like the bit shown here with the famous RP mark tile in the middle:
You can check out Rookwood Pottery online, although nothing compares to seeing the work in person. Aside from vases and other highly collectible objects, the company is known for its architectural installations. In Cincinnati, I recommend checking out the interior of Carew Tower:
The façade of the former Gidding-Jenny Department Store:
And the ice cream parlor inside Cincinnati Union Terminal:
The company was responsible for high-profile commercial commissions across the US, including the lobby of the Guardian Building in Detroit:
And Grand Central Terminal in NYC:
To learn more about Rookwood, check out this article by my friend Becky, which includes a bunch of my photos.
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