Two thousand degrees or more of warmth are required for firing and whether or not the coloring will turn out as expected is often a question. Then, too, the piece may crack or some defect in body or workmanship might seem. Nor is the second firing with out danger
as it is then that any fault or failure in the long approaches preceding it appear. Back in 1910 the actor, Joseph Jefferson, had a pet ambition to decorate some pieces at Rookwood. So someday a studio was set up for him and he was allowed to visit work. In that someday he did five or six plaques
just like the one shown here (Illustration III).