The Ninth Annual George Ohr Gala

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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.

Seattle's 12th Annual Bungalow Fair 2009

The 12th annual bungalow fair

The 12th Annual Bungalow Fair will be held September 26-27, 2009 in Town Hall Seattle. Points of interest include: Arts & Crafts Lectures, Show & Sale of Antiques, Contemporary Furniture and Decorative arts.

The Arts and Crafts Fair is the Pacific Northwest's largest of its kind drawing in over 50 exhibitors and visitors from all over the country.  Enjoy exhibits that included everything relating to Arts & Crafts including:

Architects, metal, pottery, antiques, interior design, tile, textiles, glass, furniture and lighting.

Lectures include:

Thirty years as an Arts & Crafts collector: My Most Frequently Asked Questions.  By: Bruce Johnson

The Glasgow Style: Artists in Decorative Arts, Circa 1900.  By: Laura Euler

Houses and Spouses: The Dark Side of Preservation.  By Author: Dan Copper

For directions and ticket information visit the Historical Seattle website at http://www.historicseattle.org/events/ac_lectures.aspx

Amber Coffman – JustArtPottery.com

Columbus Pottery Show & Auction 2009

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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

Norse Pottery – Viking Bronzes to American Arts & Crafts: A Tradition Transplanted

Viking Bronzes to American Arts & Crafts: A Tradition Transplanted is a rare chance for art pottery PICT4200A enthusiasts to view a sizable display of Norse pottery.  From September 24 through November 30, 2008, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be hosting an exhibition of this scarce pottery from the American Arts and Crafts movement. 

Museum visitors will find a unique collection of pottery that was created by Thorwald Samson and Louis Ipson, two Danish immigrants, during the early twentieth century.  In 1903, Samson and Ipson opened their pottery company in Edgerton, Wisconsin.  Their work was based primarily on traditional Scandinavian designs.  They used the forms and motifs of ancient Scandinavian artifacts as inspiration for their Norse pottery.  Their matte, black, metallic glaze and occasional green and gold highlights give their pieces the distinctive look of antiquity.

Guests who are visiting the Norse pottery exhibit will have two opportunities to attend visual presentations at Villa Terrace. On Sunday, October 12, Dr. Sheryl Samuelson will give a presentation entitled Norse Pottery: Viking Bronzes as American Arts & Crafts.  Dr. Samuelson is a prominent collector and pioneer researcher of this unique pottery.

On Sunday, October 26, guest-curator Nicol Knappen will give a presentation entitled European Elements of American Art Pottery.  In addition to being a former editor of the Journal of American Art Pottery Association, Knappen is a founding member and past president of the Wisconsin Pottery Association.  She will be sharing information about the origins of Norse Viking designs, which can be traced back to the Stone Age.

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and students.  Children and museum members are free. 

Just Art Pottery

Wisconsin Pottery Show 2008

The Wisconsin Pottery Association will conduct its 13th annual Pottery Show and Sale this Saturday August 23, 2008 from 9:00AM until 4:00PM at the Exhibit Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 

The show is a great time and is always filled with active pottery collectors and dealers.  One of the nice things about this show is that there is something for every level of collector.  Entry level or budgetary conscious collectors can find moderated priced examples of pottery such as Haegar, McCoy, Red Wing, Roseville and many others.  More advanced pottery collectors will be able to find higher end Rookwood, Roseville, Weller, Grueby, Teco, Newcomb, Fulper, Van Briggle, Norse, Marblehead and much more.  The show also always includes a nice selection of contemporary pottery from makers such as Common Ground, Door and Ephraim Pottery.

Buyers can expect to browse pottery and dinnerware from the 1880s to the present.  Styles displayed and offered for sale will include Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, Mid-Century Modern and Art Nouveau.

In addition to the Pottery Show and Sale, the Association also puts on an annual exhibit.  The 2008 exhibit is titled Pauline and the Pottery of Edgerton, Wisconsin.  The exhibit will include a wide selection of pottery from the Edgerton area including Pauline Pottery, American Clay Works, Edgerton Pottery Company, Rock Pottery, Pickard China, Edgerton Art Clay Works and Norse Pottery.

Previous years exhibits have included topics such as:

  • 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

Other popular features of the show include What is it?  Collectors can bring up to two mystery pots for potential identification and evaluation. 

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 from a small collection, Van Briggle from a large estate collection 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