One reason why Ruskin ceramics are so collectible is that the pottery formulae were destroyed in the 1930s when the studio closed down. It was so that the unique creations could never be accurately duplicated. The studio was founded in England in the late 19th century, and named after the writer and artist, John Ruskin. Over the years, the studio produced a variety of bowls, pots, jewelry and tea sets, many in bright colors. In the early part of the 20th century, the Ruskin works received several awards, including the grand prize at the International Exhibition of 1904 in St. Louis. Today, as well as being highly south after, ceramics from the Ruskin factory can be seen in many museums and galleries all over the world. One of the best collections is in the Wednesbury art gallery, a few miles from where the works once stood.