Ruskin Cabochons

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ruskin'Ruskin's ceramic cabochons' are sometimes found as attractive features inset in art copperware. These hard-fired ceramic inserts were made at the Ruskin Pottery Factory in Birmingham, named in his honour by the founders, E R Taylor (1838-1912) and his son William Howson Taylor (1876-1935). The works was founded in 1889 at 173-4 Oldbury Road, W. Smethwick as 'Birmingham Tile and Pottery Works' but they soon adopted the better commercial name. Production ceased in 1933 with the retirement of Howson Taylor who destroyed all notes and recipes. Finish firing carried output through until 1935, just before the death of Howson Taylor. 

This ceramic-on-copper factory sign was probably made in the art copper studio of the close associate, A. Edward Jones and has vine leaves at the corners of the copper border.  This photograph of the original factory sign was taken at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery display.

There were other manufacturers of similar products so the term 'ruskin' seems now generic except when a mark on the back can be identified.