I have been collecting pottery for the past 30 years. My wife Marie and I were the founding members of Iowa Art Pottery Association and lifetime members of American Art Pottery Association. We are also members of the Hull Pottery Association, Wisconsin Pottery Association, Minnesota Art Pottery Association, Red Wing Collectors Society and CAPCA. I have owned and managed a successful water well drilling and pump service business since 1977. Through much arm-twisting and years of discussion ‘I’ decided to run for president. Filling Arnie Small’s shoes will be a big job.
Retired from General Electric in 2009 after having worked over 30 years as a logistics and travel manager, I have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. I started collecting pottery in the 1970s and still love to buy and sell. I am a longtime member of AAPA and am active in several pottery organizations including Wisconsin Pottery Association, Iowa Art Pottery Association, Minnesota Art Pottery Association, and Red Wing Collectors Society. I enjoy learning more from other collectors, as well as sharing what I have learned over the years. My passion for pottery has given me the opportunity to have some great times with other crazy "pottery people".
I have been involved with the AAPA since 1998 when I took over as Creative Director for the JOURNAL of the AAPA. In the intervening years, I have additionally been webmaster, advertising manager, etc. and have interacted personally with all Board members, authors, advertisers and many members. I feel I have been privy to the inner workings of the association for all almost 20 years and I would welcome an opportunity to bring my perspective as one of the younger members to the organization. I also have a pottery publishing company with Linda Carrigan specializing in pottery books. I am excited to start some new fund-raising projects, membership drives to try and bring in some younger members, obtaining free press via press releases and to have more social media involvement. I have also been a collector since starting with the Association, but have recently downsized and have kept just some of the pots I can’t bear to part with.
It has been my honor to serve as AAPA Secretary, and a privilege to seek a second term. I was drawn to the AAPA a decade and a half ago. As a practicing studio potter with a great admiration for vintage ceramics, it was a natural home. Every encounter with the AAPA is a positive learning and social experience. I have made countless friends who have become family; cherished and permanent in my life. I hope for the opportunity to continue to learn, grow, educate, and share the joys of this satisfying interest...with old friends and new.
I have been AAPA Treasurer since taking over from Martha Sanford in April 2007. Vendors get paid on time, tax returns have been filed in a timely manner and we have never been audited. I have owned my solo optometry practice since November 1980.
As a qualification for trustee I have spent a career in not for profit management and have served on numerous boards as well. Our collection spans over thirty years and fills our lives. But I often get as much from the rich history of the American Art Pottery movement as I do from the pots themselves.
Trustees: (3 positions available)
Steve Brown has been an active collector of art pottery and stoneware for over 30 years. He has been a member of the Red Wing Collectors Society since 1979, serving as the organization’s elected Historian for 16 years. Steve was a founding board member of the Red Wing Collector Society Foundation that established the Pottery Museum of Red Wing. Steve and his wife Barb are active collectors of Rookwood, Nemadji, Van Briggle, and other vintage and contemporary American Art Potteries.
I retired from Goodyear in 2011 after 36 years in sales and management. I starting collecting Hull Pottery in 1993 and have jumped down that pottery collecting rabbit hole collecting both vintage and contemporary pottery. I am currently active in Hull Pottery Association as special event coordinator and am a member of AAPA, IAPA, WPA, and CAPCA.
I am a full-time antique dealer specializing in a broad range of traditional antiques. Recently, art pottery has become a major part of my business. My collection is eclectic, but tends towards studio pottery from American artists. Over the past thirty years, I have been involved on the boards of two non-profit organizations. I'm broadly familiar with the legal and tax constraints that non-profit organizations face. I have served as Treasurer of my fraternity's building association. During that time I oversaw the purchase, permitting and financing of a new house. We have a separate scholarship foundation where I have served on the Board since 1988 and I am currently President. I look forward to bringing my experience to the AAPA Board.
I have been a collector of American art pottery for over 20 years. In 1997, my wife Lana and I founded JustArtPottery.com. My interest and background in art pottery has given me the opportunity to speak at multiple conferences and author articles on various topics related to buying, selling and collecting American art pottery. In addition to working at JustArtPottery.com, I also work as a license professional engineer for several Illinois municipalities. I hold a master’s degree in business administration from Bradley University and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. I have previously served as a trustee of the American Art Pottery Association and I would appreciate your support to allow me to serve for another term.