AAPA Convention 2017

AAPA Convention 2017

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Wednesday – Saturday, April 26 to 29. 2017
Cleveland / Independence, Ohio

The American Art Pottery Association will hold its annual Convention, Show and Sale April 26th to April 29th, 2017 in Cleveland/Independence, Ohio. There are a few changes to this year’s convention, including a dinner banquet at St. Sava Church and the Show and Sale also at St. Sava Hall, so please  ead the full outline and schedule of events. Your registration form can be downloaded and mailed to: Barbara Gerr 504 Bergen Court Galloway, New Jersey 08205. If you have any questions regarding this year’s convention, or if you would like a registration form mailed to you, please contact Arnie Small at 609-407-9997 or email: potsinacnj@aol.com.

The 2017 convention will begin on Wednesday, April 26th with a fabulous chartered bus tour, followed by an evening of fun at our annual meet and greet Welcome Reception at the host hotel. Thursday morning, April 27th, will begin with two seminars, followed by an afternoon tour, including lunch. We will have a 25 passenger mini-bus for this tour so please book early. Thursday evening will be our banquet at St. Sava Hall, where the newly elected Board members will be introduced. Friday, April 28th will begin with a morning seminar. The AAPA Show and Sale Preview will be open only to Convention registered members and any new members who join that day. It will be, Friday evening 5 PM - 7 PM at St. Sava. The convention will conclude on Saturday, April 29th with the AAPA Show and Sale at St. Sava from 9 AM - 4 PM.

Thank you very much for your continued support of the AAPA. If you have questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call me at (609) 407-9997 or email me at potsinacnj@aol.com. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s AAPA Convention, Show and Sale.

Best regards, Arnie Small, President,<Br>American Art Pottery Association

HOST HOTEL: The Embassy Suites Cleveland/Rockside Independence will be our host hotel. This beautiful all suites hotel is located at 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. N., Independence, Ohio, at the intersection of I-480 and I-77. Just 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The special room rate for our convention will be $129.00 per night, which includes a complete breakfast buffet with a cooked to order egg/pancake station and an early evening managers reception featuring drinks and light snacks.

Please contact the hotel at 216-986-9900 by the March 20th, 2017 to make your reservation. Make sure you tell them you are coming in for the American Art Pottery Association convention.

WELCOME RECEPTION
Wednesday, April 26th, 7:00 PM

Our annual AAPA Welcome Reception will be at the host hotel, where you are invited to see old friend and meet new members. Loads of fun, food, giveaways and prizes throughout the evening. Gift certificates to be used at the Show and Sale will be one of the highlights given away during the reception.

EDUCATIONAL SHOWCASES
At the show site, several showcases of American art pottery from private collections will be on view. This year’s committee has decided to highlight the evolution of Ohio ceramics, from Rookwood and its predecessors and competitors through the various Zanesville firms, Cowan Pottery, the WPA, and beyond.

AUCTION

The annual AAPA Auction will be an online only auction, held just prior to the convention. Peter Gehres, of Belhorn Auctions, has again offered to be our guest auctioneer for this event, which can be viewed by going to belhornauctions.com or proxibid.com.

As always the auction is the primary source of funding for the outstanding Journal of the AAPA, which we are very proud of. I am asking everyone to please consider donating and/or consigning to the auction. Pottery donations are especially and extremely important, as 100% of that sale goes directly to the AAPA. If you have any questions regarding donating or consigning to the auction please contact Arnie Small at 609-407-9997/potsinacnj@aol.com or Peter Gehres at 614-306-1435/petergehres@gmail.com.

Please consider donating or consigning, as I can not stress how important this is in allowing us to continue to publish our Journal. For those of you that will be attending the Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Show in Asheville, NC in February you can bring any donation or consignment to Arnie Small or Mark Latta, who will both be at the show.

TOURS

Wednesday Tour 4/26
On this all-day tour (8:45 AM to 6:00 PM), we will begin the day a guided tour of Playhouse Square, the home of five fully restored 1920s theaters, together the largest theater district in the U.S. outside New York. Lunch at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where we will meet the new ceramics department chair, Seth Nagelberg, a consultant for Rookwood Pottery, along with a number of ceramics students. The afternoon will feature a leisurely tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art, focusing primarily on the ceramics and Arts and Crafts Movement collections. Before we return to the hotel, our group will visit the recently retired CIA ceramics co-chair Judith Salomon in her studio.

Thursday Tour 4/27
Join us for the afternoon (11:15 AM - 5:00 PM), which begins with lunch at the Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library. After a guided tour there, we’ll visit the site of the Cowan Pottery and meet the current owner of the property. Then we’ll visit the other recently retired CIA ceramics co-chair William Brouillard in his studio.

ART POTTERY SHOW & SALE

Friday & Saturday, April 28th and 29th

Registered Members

This year’s AAPA Show and Sale, featuring many of the country’s premier vintage and contemporary pottery dealers, will be held at the St. Sava Hall in Broadview Heights, Ohio. This beautiful facility was for many years the site of the Cowan Museum Associates Pottery Show and is a perfect location for our AAPA Show. Early admission to the show will be from 5 PM to 7 PM Friday evening for registered convention members and new members that join that day.

Open to the Public
The AAPA Show and Sale will be open to the public on Saturday, April 29th at the St. Sava Hall, 2151 W. Wallings Road, Broadview Heights, OH. The show hours are 9 AM to 4 PM.

AUCTION

The annual AAPA Auction will be an online only auction, held just prior to the convention. Peter Gehres, of Belhorn Auctions, has again offered to be our guest auctioneer for this event, which can be viewed by going to belhornauctions.com or proxibid.com.

As always the auction is the primary source of funding for the outstanding Journal of the AAPA, which we are very proud of. I am asking everyone to please consider donating and/or consigning to the auction. Pottery donations are especially and extremely important, as 100% of that sale goes directly to the AAPA. If you have any questions regarding donating or consigning to the auction please contact Arnie Small at 609-407-9997/potsinacnj@aol.com or Peter Gehres at 614-306-1435/petergehres@gmail.com.

Please consider donating or consigning, as I can not stress how important this is in allowing us to continue to publish our Journal. For those of you that will be attending the Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Show in Asheville, NC in February you can bring any donation or consignment to Arnie Small or Mark Latta, who will both be at the show.

THURSDAY BANQUET

One of the exciting changes to this year’s convention will be the Thursday evening catered banquet to be held at the St. Sava Church 2151 W. Wallings Road, Broadview Hts., Ohio, just a few miles from the host hotel. Our banquet begins at 6:30 PM and will include your choice of one of three entrees, two side dishes, salad, bread, coffee, desert, soda and beer on tap.

During the banquet we will have a short business meeting and introduce the newly elected AAPA President and Board members.

SEMINARS At the Embassy Suites Hotel

Thursday 8:30 – 9:00 AM Coffee, mingling, announcements

Thursday, April 27th, 9:00 – 9:45 am   |   Presented By DJ Hellerman
“The Everson Strikes Back…”

The ceramics collection of the Everson Museum of Art is widely recognized for its magnitude and magnificence, and is notably one of the largest holdings of American ceramics in the nation. The collection started with an initial purchase of porcelain works by Adelaide Robineau in 1916, which eventually lead to the establishment of the Ceramic National exhibitions in 1932 (in Robineau's memory), one of the most important forums for ceramic artists in history. The annual juried exhibition was a scholarly, artistic, critical and popular success, and helped establish the careers of many influential artists of the twentieth century, including Waylande Gregory, Beatrice Wood, Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson, Ken Price, and many many more. The series, however, eventually became the victim of its own success, having grown to an unwieldy size by the early 1970s. The Ceramic Nationals ultimately changed public opinion on ceramics (from craft to art form) and enabled the Everson to amass one of the most important collections of American ceramics in the world. In recent years, the Everson has been working on a massive project to digitize works from its American ceramics collection as well as archival documents from the Ceramics National exhibitions, providing scholars and artists with much greater access to these rare materials. This effort also underscores a new institutional commitment to resume a more active role in the acquisition, presentation, and interpretation of ceramics today. This presentation will provide a look into curatorial philosophies regarding the integration of ceramics within the larger contemporary art world as well as within the Museum's current collection and exhibition strategies.

DJ Hellerman is Curator of Art & Programs at the Everson Museum of Art (everson.org). A native of Ohio, DJ began curating and educating people about art while helping Progressive Insurance build a collection of contemporary art designed to encourage innovation and change. He received his M.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH. He loves live music and literature as much as he enjoys visual art.

Thursday, April 27th, 10:00 – 10:45 am   |   Presented By Martha Vida
“It’s about the Clay: Documenting 20th-Century American Studio Pottery”

The American Studio Pottery Movement is not about a style or an approach to the medium of clay, it is about the clay itself. Like its medium, the Movement is messy—as is its documentation. This lecture will briefly examine the growth of supportive structures for studio potters in America, from the late 19th through the 20th century and the emergence of new approaches to the material, its art, the individual maker and approaches to marking. The story of the American Studio Pottery Movement is not linear. It grew out of many sources, such as the late 19th-century factories and settlement houses, the Arts and Crafts movement, the exposure to Japanese ceramics, the Works Progress Administration Project, Federal Art Project (WPA), returning World War II soldiers, the GI Bill and the effect of refugees immigrating to ceramic centers in the United States. The American 20th–century Studio Ceramic Movement has been mischaracterized by the image of an iconic self-sufficient, individual potter. It is instead the story of a community of ceramists driven to invent, discover, experiment, express, explore and ultimately push the limits of the medium of clay itself. This lecture will explore the Movement and the challenges of its documentation using the mark, back stamp, signature, chop, etc. as the primary identifier to recover the recent history of makers who, otherwise, might share the attribution “Anonymous.”

Martha B. Vida is the Executive Director of The Marks Project. Frustrated by the lack of a marks encyclopedia of American studio ceramics and disturbed by seeing living artists’ marked works listed as “…by Anonymous,” Vida founded The Marks Project as an online research hub of American studio ceramics 1946 to present (themarksproject.org).  The non-profit website is a first of its kind to create accessible records for nationally and regionally known American studio ceramic artists. Vida has a BA in History from Boston University, is a book designer and is past president of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle.

FRIDAY, April 28th, 9:00 – 9:45 am   |   Presented By Mark Erdmann

“Architectural Ceramics: Conservation and Installation Methods for Glazed Ceramic Relief Murals”

This presentation will describe the conservation of three terra-cotta artworks by Cleveland artist and industrial designer, Viktor Schreckengost. The artworks include Mammoths and Mastodons, recently installed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Early Settler (aka Johnny Appleseed) at Lakewood High School, and a group of tiles depicting extinct birds, recently re-installed at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. While these are all made of the same material, they each present different challenges for the conservators and installers. Also included in this presentation will be the conservation and remounting of the Cowan Pottery tile mural, Egyptian Maidens in a Garden by Elsa Vick Shaw, which required unique restoration and mounting techniques. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Mark Erdmann is the head of Objects Conservation at ICA (Intermuseum Conservation Association, ica-artconservation.org). He earned the Post-Graduate and Professional Development diplomas in Conservation/Restoration of Fine Metalwork from West Dean College, in West Sussex, England, and interned at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. He has been at ICA since 2006, where he routinely encounters a broad range of objects including outdoor sculpture, monuments, terra cotta murals and reliefs, as well as historic and artistic objects of all material types. He is a Professional Associate of AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works).

 

Friday 10 – 10:30 AM Socializing and choosing where to enjoy lunch and then spend the afternoon together. (Recommended options will be posted at the rear of the hall.)

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