8th Annual Potters Market Invitational

Each year for the past seven years, the Mint Museum Randolph hosts an event that brings together North Carolina’s best potters. For one day, sculptures, vessels and art pottery are offered to both collectors and non-collectors to purchase. This year, the date is September 15th. Admission begins at 10:00 a.m. and it runs until 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and if you arrive after 2:00 p.m., admission is $8.

It’s an outdoor event and the weather in September is usually spectacular. You’ll also find great deals on those “must have” works of art. There will be plenty of live music and we’re especially excited about the pottery making demonstrations. You’ll have the option of bringing a picnic basket or you can purchase lunch onsite from Delectables by Holly, a local caterer.

This year’s honorary chairperson is Manhattan-born Herb Cohen. This incredibly talented artist began “throwing” on the potter’s wheel at the tender age of six. Naturally, he continued his passion throughout his life. He’s a graduate from the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He’s had an amazing career in some of the most respected companies, including the Hyalyn Porcelain Company in Hickory, North Carolina. By the late 1950s, Cohen was making his contribution to The Mint Museum as the exhibitions director. He’s credited with putting the American art pottery movement into gear in that regions. For these reasons, and many more, Herb Cohen was named honorary chairperson for this year’s exhibition. The fact that The Mint Museum is celebrating its 75th year is an added sentimentality.

A few of this year’s potters who have their own exhibitions at the event include:

  • Steve Abee
  • Michel Bayne
  • Cynthia Bringle
  • Josh Copus
  • Donna Craven
  • Jeff Dean and Stephanie Martin
  • Judith Duff
  • Steven Forbes de-Soule
  • Terry Gess
  • Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke
  • Hiroshi Sueyoshi
  • Liz Zlot Summerfield
  • Tzadi Turrow
  • Julie Wiggins
  • Joy Tanner

This is just a partial list, of course, and you can learn more about the artists and The Mint Museum here.

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, this just might be a fine event to attend. Also, for those wishing to sponsor the event, you can do so by calling Jan Durr at 704-635-7694.


The 2012 American Art Pottery Convention

This is the time of the year that art pottery lovers come together. The 2012 American Art Pottery Convention is gearing up and will be in Cleveland Ohio later this month. We have the schedule of events for what’s sure to be a great time.

The dates for this year’s convention are April 19 through April 22.

A Note About the Hotel

The host hotel this year is Holiday Inn Cleveland South – Independence. It’s recently underwent a major renovation and now offers 364 stunning guestrooms and is one of the largest in the area. It’s located just 15 minutes from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It’s not too late to make your reservations, either. You can do so by visiting the website at hiindependence.com or by calling 216-524-8050

Schedule of Events

On Thursday, April 19th, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., there’s a tour of the Museum of Ceramics and Homer Laughlin Fiesta and China. If you’ve never visited the museum, it’s an absolute must. Even those who have spent a considerable amount of time in the art pottery family know the value of this tour. It’s sure to inspire.

The registration tables will also be open at 9 a.m.

At 6:30 p.m., a welcome reception and cocktail party is being hosted. (Note there will be a cash bar available). There’ll be prize drawings and giveaways and of course, plenty of networking opportunities.

On Friday, there’s plenty to do. There will be two seminars, with the first one beginning at 9 a.m. Understanding and Collecting Pillin Pottery by Jerry Kline runs until 10:15 and then, at 10:30, you can attend The Many Phases of Van Briggle. This seminar is hosted by Kathy Honea. It runs from 10:30 am. until 11:45 a.m.

The preview for the art pottery auction runs for two hours beginning at 2:30. There will also be a book signing and a “Meet the Authors” event between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The art pottery auction begins at 4:30 and your auctioneer is Peter Gehres.

Saturday provides one more seminar, Richard D. Mohr’s “Tiles I’ve Known and Loved”, which is slated for 9:15 a.m. and expected to run until 10:45 a.m.

For registered members of the convention, you’re afforded the opportunity to preview the AAPA Show and Sale beginning at 11 a.m. This runs until noon, at which time, the public is allowed to preview the sale.

On Sunday, the annual business meeting begins at 9:30 and runs until approximately 10:45. At 11 a.m., the AAPA Art Pottery Show and Sale runs until approximately 4 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the convention, you can visit the American Art Pottery Association’s convention page at http://www.aapa.info/Convention/Convention2012/tabid/70/Default.aspx

American Art Pottery Shows

One of the most important things art pottery lovers do to stay current on various goings-on is to attend American art pottery shows.

Each year, there are hundreds of conventions, seminars and shows for all things art pottery. Some are established events that draw people from all over the world while others tend to stay small and target regional fans and collectors. A quick search and a bit of research is all it takes to find the many upcoming shows, which is exactly what we did. Here are three annual shows that grow each year – in vendors and visitors. All are worth attending and are ideal venues for networking with others who share the same appreciation as you.

Zanesville Pottery Lovers Festival 2012

Every year in July, thousands show up to participate in the Zanesville Pottery Lovers Festival. It’s an exciting four day event in Zanesville, Ohio that allows endless networking opportunities, art pottery auctions and sellers who are eager to strike deals. The host hotel allows sellers to set up their wares in their rooms, where buyers and other collectors mingle in and out of the many impromptu shops. The experience itself is certainly worth it, and finding that rare Roseville or Weller pottery piece you’ve been searching for is the icing on the cake.

American Art Pottery Association Annual Convention

Another big player in the art pottery arena is the AAPA and it too hosts its own annual show in late April/early May. It takes place in Philadelphia. If you’re an AAPA member, you’ll enjoy a discount on your tickets and like the Zanesville festival, there are auctions and seminars by some of the nation’s leading art pottery experts. Any new book releases in the arena usually means an opportunity for you to get your copy autographed by the author, whoever it might be. Also, a bus tour is available and highly recommended, especially if you’ve never toured the Trenton City Museum within the Ellarslie Mansion.

Bay Area Pottery Show

This annual event occurs in February in San Jose, California. This is a good choice because of the versatility of the pottery. From Van Briggle to Brush McCoy, you’re sure to find your favorite pottery while discovering a new favorite in the process. Take advantage of the many lectures and talks that are part of the offering, too.

These are just a few of the many events and again, a quick search will reveal those in your region of the country. The benefits are many and these shows are always an easy way to strengthen your network while meeting new people in the process.

The Ninth Annual George Ohr Gala


Fans of the eclectic – and sometimes mysterious – George Ohr are making plans to hit the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast for the Ninth Annual George Ohr Gala. The event is hosted this year by the breathtaking and recently rebuilt Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss. As many of you know, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August, 2005, it annihilated both the Beau Rivage and the considerable work that had already been completed to the new George Ohr museum. Since then, almost superhuman efforts have been made to get both restored to their original beauty. It’s been a fascinating journey and an impressive and newly produced video will chronicle the years of the Ohr Museum and the Mad Potter himself, George Ohr.

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Newcomb Pottery Exhibition – Tulane University

New Fans of Newcomb Pottery have an opportunity to visit the Newcomb Art Gallery, located on the Tulane University campus, for what’s sure to be an incredible viewing of pieces from the gallery’s permanent collection.  The exhibition is available between August 24 and October 17, 2010.  Here are a few things you’ll discover:

The recent acquisition of a large 1902 vase, complete with stylized rock purslane motif, will be on display within the Angela Gregory Gallery.  Another rare opportunity is presented with the showing of the Hollyhock vase.  You’ll remember this vase, decorated in 1900 by Ada Lonnegan, was a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s 1984 exhibition, Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women, 1895-1940. 

This exhibition, which was organized by the gallery’s own Sally Main, who is also the gallery’s Senior Curator, and in consultation with Newcomb Art Department Emeritus Professor Dr. Jessie Poesch, will also showcase previously stored and rarely seen Newcomb Pottery pieces.  This exhibition will run simultaneously with Voices Inside: The Form and Function of Baskets.

The gallery, and Tulane University as a whole, suffered damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Since then, and with much personal sacrifice, the staff has worked tirelessly to rebuild the gallery and is once again drawing international audiences.  This is a perfect time to make your way to New Orleans.  It’s beautiful this time of year and the city itself offers much culture and character. 

To get you ready for the exhibition, browse through our collection of Newcomb Pottery and if you’d New1 like more information on the Newcomb Pottery Gallery, Tulane University or the exhibition itself, be sure to visit the site at NewcombArtGallery.Tulane.edu or call 504-314-2406.  Again, this is an event that’s not likely to repeat anytime in the near future, so if at all possible, Newcomb Pottery fans should try to attend.

The 15th Annual Wisconsin Pottery Association Show & Sale

Van Every year, pottery lovers in and around Wisconsin plan for and look forward to the Wisconsin Pottery Association’s show and sale.  This year, the date is set for Saturday, August 28th, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  It’s one of those events that folks plan their summers around so that they’re sure to be able to attend.  This summer’s event promises to be one of the largest yet.  With more than 50 dealers and what’s being called a “great selection of vintage and contemporary American and other art pottery”, this is going to be one of those shows where everyone finds that perfect art pottery piece to bring home.  Here are some of the pottery lines that will be represented, though this is in no way all-inclusive:

This year’s special event will be a showcase of Wisconsin Art Pottery between the years 1930 and 2010.  It promises to be an impressive view into the striking art pottery that’s come out of Wisconsin over the past eighty years.

Plan to attend if you can and for more information, visit the Wisconsin Pottery Association’s website and if you need a map, click here.


Upcoming Events for Art Pottery Enthusiasts

DSC_8039 Part of the art pottery experience is attending various shows and events throughout the year.  You always end up finding that one art pottery piece that completes your collection or maybe meet someone who shares your passion for McCoy cookie jars; and no one walks away from any of these shows without gaining a lot of valuable information.  With that thought in mind, here are a few upcoming events slated for Summer 2010 throughout the country.

If you’re going to be in the Philadelphia, PA area anytime during April, be sure to visit the “Potters Council 2010 Exhibition: FILL-adelphia”.  For more information, visit ceramicsartsdaily.org/potters-council.

One of the biggest art pottery events of the year will be the American Art Pottery Association Convention, Show and Auction held April 21-25 in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find out more at aapa.info.

On May 8, the Annual Cowan Pottery Symposium is being held in Rocky River, OH.  Visit cowanpottery.org or rrpl.org for more information on this upcoming symposium.

Right in the heart of American art pottery country, The Zanesville Museum of Art will show an exhibition of Ohio ceramics beginning May 8 and will run through August 7.  The event, “Deco” is a must see if you’re in the area over the summer.

Columbia, SC is home to the “Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University Collection” traveling exhibition slated for May 27 through September 5.  It’s being held at the Columbia Museum of Art and more information can be found at columbiamuseum.org.

Are you a fan of stoneware?  Check out the Brandywine River Museum’s exhibition of “Crocks, Jugs, and Jars: Decorated American Stoneware” between May 29 and July 18 in Chadds Ford, PA.

The North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society in Grand Forks, ND is hosting a convention June 11, 12 and 13 titled “Celebrating 100 Years of U.N.D.”.  If you’re interested, visit ndpcs.org.

“The Scarab Vase  – Celebrating 100 Years” is an exhibition that can be seen at the Everson Museum 2409 of Art in Syracuse, NY between June 12 and August 29.  Everson.org has all the details.

Finally, another Zanesville, OH event, “Pottery Lovers Reunion” can be seen beginning July 8 and July 11.  This is another must-see for pottery lovers everywhere.  Visit potterylovers.org for the specifics.

Have anything else to contribute to the list?  Drop us a line and we’ll do our best to get it posted.  Finally, don't forget to visit our site for all the latest additions and browse our bargain bin, too.

Columbus Pottery Show & Auction 2009


The Columbus Pottery Weekend

The first ever Columbus Pottery Show & Auction is October 2, 3 & 4, 2009. The event begins with an important Art Pottery Auction followed by a 2-day Show & Sale representing 50 of the finest vintage pottery dealers and contemporary potters in the country.

Located in the Multipurpose Room of the Alladin Shrine Center. Doors open Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sunday 11AM-4PM.  Admission is $6. 

If you are interested in attending, please email us for complimentary passes to the pottery show.

Greg Myroth – Just Art Pottery

Wisconsin Pottery Show 2009

The Wisconsin Pottery Association is putting on their 14th annual Pottery Show & Sale this Saturday August 22, 2009.  Doors are open from 9am to 4pm at the Allient Energy Center in Madison.  Admission is $5; visit the Wisconsin Pottery Association Website for information on free parking.

The show is a great way to spend a Saturday for both avid collectors and those just getting interested in art pottery.  The show caters to all levels of collecting: entry level, budget conscious, the advanced collector, and dealers.  Pottery that will be displayed will include examples of Haegar, McCoy, Red Wing, Roseville, Rookwood, Weller, Grueby, Teco, Newcomb, Fulper, Van Briggle, Norse, Marblehead and many more.  The show is known for having a substantial display of contemporary pottery from makers like Common Ground, Door and Ephraim Pottery making it a show for a wide variety of tastes.

Visitors will also browse the annual exhibit put on by the Wisconsin Pottery Association.  The 2009 exhibit is titled Rookwood – America’s finest, and will include a wide range of examples of Rookwood pottery – a favorite among collectors.  Their annual exhibit is always a thoughtful display, past exhibits include:

  • Pauline and the Pottery of Edgerton, Wisconsin
  • Fulper, Clifton & More The Art Pottery of New Jersey
  • Art Deco and Modern Style Ceramics 1910-1940
  • The Mission Style: How the Arts & Crafts Movement Influenced American Pottery 1900-1920
  • The French Connection: Impressionism in French and American Pottery 1873-1900
  • Roseville America's Decorative Art Pottery
  • Haeger:  The Early And The Extraordinary

A favorite feature of the show is What is it? Where visitors have their pottery informally inspected by members of the association.  They ask that you limit one piece per person.

If you get a chance to attend the show, please stop by and and say hi to Lana and I.  We will be bringing a nice selection of Roseville, Weller, Rookwood, a few pieces of Newcomb, Van Briggle and many other items.  If there is something of interest in our inventory that you would like to see at the show drop us an email or give us a call. 

Greg Myroth – Just Art Pottery

McCoy Pottery Collectors 2009 Convention

The McCoy Pottery Collectors annual convention will be held July 12-18, 2009 in Zanesville, Ohio during Pottery Lovers Week.  The 2009 convention theme is "McCoy Goes Green".  Attendees are invited to bring pieces to include in the display from the following makers:  J.W. McCoy, Brush-McCoy, or Nelson McCoy. 

Other events and displays during the convention will include:

  • Show and Tell display of authentic, rare and unusual McCoy pottery.
  • McCoy fruit wall pockets
  • "McCoy Makes History" display featuring pieces with connection to some historical person, item or event.
  • In room selling of J.W. McCoy, Nelson McCoy, and Brush McCoy Pottery throughout the convention

The convention headquarters hotel will be the Comfort Inn located at 500 Monroe Street in Zanesville. 
For more information on the 2009 Convention, please visit the McCoy Pottery Collectors Society website.

Greg Myroth – McCoy Pottery