Archives for September 2007

Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show

The 8th annual Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show and Sale was held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday September 22nd and Sunday September 23, 2007.  The show is billed as the largest arts and crafts event in the midwest dedicated to mission style furniture and decorative accessories from the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Our first day of the show featured steady traffic throughout the day with active buyers including both homeowners looking to decorate their bungalows or craftsman style homes with original arts and crafts era American art pottery as well as a good crowd of American art pottery collectors.  There was particularly strong interest in Rookwood and Teco Pottery as well as contemporary makers such as Modern Teco Art Pottery and Jemerick.  Sunday’s crowd was roughly half of Saturday’s and in general there appeared to be more browsing than buying.  Arts and crafts dealers we spoke with reported mixed sales results for the weekend. 

In addition to numerous arts and crafts furniture, metalwork, textiles and lighting dealers, the Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show and Sale included several antique pottery dealers and a wide variety of contemporary pottery and tile makers.  In addition to the arts and crafts show and sale, there were also two small group discussions titled "Light in Bloom: Recreating Tiffany Lamps" and "Bungalows of the Twin Cities".   

If you have a turn of the century craftsman style or bungalow home, or are a collector of antique and contemporary art pottery the show is worth adding to your schedule for next year.

Greg Myroth – Just Art Pottery

Wisconsin Pottery Show 2007

The 2007 Wisconsin Pottery Show & Sale was held August 27th in Madison, Wisconsin.  As usual the Association put together an impressive exhibit titled "Fulper, Clifton & More, the Art Pottery of New Jersey".  The exhibit featured a wide variety of Fulper pottery as well as examples of Volkmar, Jersey City, Poillon, and some of the best arts and crafts era Clifton pottery I have seen. 

As far as the sale went, it was great to see and visit with many of our regular website customers and in some cases to put a face to an email address for the first time for some of our newer collectors.  The crowd was strong throughout the day and many pottery shoppers were in a buying mode. 

It was good to see the continued interest in Roseville pottery.  We found sales particularly strong for middle period Roseville patterns such as Baneda and Sunflower.  Scandinavian pottery and early Van Briggle also saw a lot of interest from collectors.  Contemporary pottery from Ephraim Faience and Door Pottery was also very popular with the sale attendees.  For whatever reason, interest in Rookwood and Weller seemed somewhat lower than at past pottery shows. 

The Wisconsin Pottery Show is likely the best of its kind in the Midwest and is a great opportunity to see some of the best contemporary pottery makers as well as an excellent selection of dealers offering antique American and European art pottery.  If you get a chance to attend it is definitely worth the trip. 

Greg Myroth –