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JB Hunt at Rookwood 1914-1922

no.046 2011-12-01 rev

Jonathan Bowne Hunt was born in Pattenburg, NJ in 1876. He finished high school and trained as a potter with Fulper in Flemington, NJ. He and his family then lived for a short while in West Pittston, Penn before moving to Cincinnati in 1911.

By 1914 Hunt was working as a potter for Rookwood in Cincinnati as evidenced by the large Rookwood vase found at auction.

A decoder of Rookwood finishers' marks from the "surviving papers of Harold Bopp, superintendent of Rookwood facilities..."  identifies Hunt's potter's mark as the dot just to the left of the XIV date on this blue Rookwood.

Also found at auction were many other Rookwood vases with Hunt marks. Shown are just a handful with XXII probably dating Hunt's final year at the pottery.

1917 Rookwood Hunt vase

Jerry Nichols believes Hunt worked in central Kentucky for Bybee/Selden ca 1925-1927, following his work as potter at Orlando (Florida) Potteries. "He was truly one of the very top potters of the 20th century."

Related articles: JB Hunt at 1934 Worlds Fair & JB Hunt Newcomb College vases.

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