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Miami and Rookwood Pottery Co. unveil tile to support student success

06/13/2013

The front of the limited edition Miami University tile from Rookwood Pottery Co.
The front of the limited edition Miami University tile from Rookwood Pottery Co.
Miami University and Rookwood Pottery Co., the historic provider of artisan quality products, unveiled the first limited edition Rookwood tile featuring Miami University Thursday, June 13, in Rookwood's Cincinnati-based studio and showroom.

As part of a special reception celebrating the release, Rookwood Pottery owners Martin and Marilyn Wade and Miami University President David Hodge presented an exclusive first look at the tile, featuring Miami’s Alfred H. Upham Hall, to a group of the university’s alumni and friends.

Rookwood Pottery is producing the tile for limited sale both in-store and online at www.Rookwood.com, with a portion of the proceeds going toward scholarships for Miami students.

The back of the limited edition Miami University tile from Rookwood Pottery Co.
The back of the limited edition Miami University tile from Rookwood Pottery Co.
“Miami University is grateful not only to be represented among Rookwood Pottery’s unique and exceptional line of products but also for the support of Martin and Marilyn Wade in committing a share of the proceeds to the scholarship needs of current and future Miami students,” Hodge said. “The Upham Arch scene is one treasured in the hearts of many Miamians, and this collector’s tile is a wonderful and unique way for Miamians to celebrate the university within their homes.”

Through its red-brick construction, towering cupola, iconic Upham Arch and place in campus lore, Alfred H. Upham Hall captures numerous elements of Miami’s trademark beauty and tradition. The design was a collaboration between the university and Rookwood artists.

“Miami University is a great institution with a long history, just like Rookwood,” Martin Wade said. “It just made sense for us to work together, and we are thrilled that this project will support scholarships for Miami students.”

The back of the tile describes both the history and namesake of the well-known building as well as the campus tradition associated with the arch, which states that those who kiss beneath its lantern are destined to marry. As a result, the arch has become a popular site for marriage proposals.

Founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols as the first female-owned U.S. manufacturing company, Rookwood Pottery has become one of the nation’s most coveted luxury brands.

Rookwood ceramics can be found in grand homes, hotels and public spaces including Union Terminal in Cincinnati, the historic Monroe Building in Chicago and Grand Central Station in New York. From its studios in Cincinnati, Rookwood’s uniquely talented artists craft art tile, art pottery and special commissioned products for designers, architects, homeowners and businesses.

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