Rookwood: Mission Impossible (nearly)

Rookwood: Mission Impossible (nearly)
Tile historian, Richard Mohr, and Prof. Mark Bassett were on a mission recently to see firsthand a Rookwood mural at the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Two years ago when the American Art Pottery Association held its annual conference there, a tour group was stymied, finding the door to this interior sanctum closed and locked, alas inaccessible.

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One could only get a glimpse of the mural through a glass panel in the door. Not even the building’s custodian had a key to the room.
Richard and Mark got lucky with the help of the children’s librarian, Helen Zaluckyj, who called ahead to the central administration downtown saying, “The experts have landed!” The key arrived and the mission accomplished. Read more...