Newcomb pottery is no longer made today, and indeed ceased production in 1940. Rumor states that during a late 1940s renovation of the Art Department, pottery actually was thrown from the upper story windows to make room for workers.
Changing trends and tastes in art necessitated the closing of the pottery sales room, which in the 1910s, was housed within the Pottery building on Camp Street. The building still stands today and has been registered as an historic landmark.
Newcomb pottery today is highly valued both by collectors and by art historians. Institutions with large collections of pottery include the Newcomb Art Department, the Louisiana State Museum, the Fine Arts Museum at Louisiana State University, and the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition, Newcomb pottery has traveled with many exhibits such as that on the Arts and Crafts Movement in the South, held in 1996 at the High Museum in Atlanta and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Current exhibits include those at the Newcomb Art Gallery and in the Presbytere at the Louisiana State Museum.
Also at the Presbytere, from July 1-31 is a free two-hour summer program, Newcomb Pottery and You that will enable groups of youngsters to take a hands-on approach to exploring the art and craft of Newcomb Pottery. In addition to touring the exhibit and learning about the pottery itself and its turn-of-the-century practitioners, participants will produce their own ceramics creation to take home. It will be offered mornings, Tuesday through Friday. Reservations are required for groups of children from 6 to 14.
For more information, call the Museum at 504-568-6968 or 800-568-6968.
Appraisers and antique dealers who have worked with Newcomb pottery include:
3901 Magazine Street
New Orleans, La. 70117
Neal Auction Company
New Orleans Auction Galleries
New Orleans, La. 70130