Northern California Fires - Checking In. Tile Heritage Foundation Library, Archives and Collections are SAFE! It has been a harrowing 10+ days. Most mandatory and advisory evacuations have now been lifted. We feel very fortunate that the winds have stayed calm since around October 9th allowing the ‘First Responders’ on the ground and in the air to have a broader opportunity to manage all the wildfires. It is emotionally and physically draining to be vigilant for long periods of time. We are HAPPY to announce that since 5 pm yesterday, Thursday 19th. our whole area received some much appreciated rain… it was light but steady for a few hours last night, dampening down the very dry landscape of the northern counties – this added a huge assist to managing the still burning fires in our area. We are very grateful to everyone working to keep us safe. The fires are not yet extinguished but the % under control has grown significantly .. Winds are still light - an additional blessing … we will sleep more soundly this weekend here in the north counties… we also know that it is increasingly dry and windy in Southern California – a high fire alert remains in place in the south. Thank you for all of your connection and support … these have been very wild times this past 10 days. Many in the communities around us have lost everything and our hearts and support go out to them. We are relieved that the invaluable assets in the Tile Heritage library, archives and collections are currently safe. May the autumn rains take hold and further reduce the danger of fire. Sheila & Joe
August 27, 1948 - August 24, 2017 John Eugene Fry, 68, of Keokuk, IA, died Thursday, August 24, 2017 in his home. He was born August 27, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA, the son of Kenneth and Josephine (Polhans) Fry in Wyaconda, MO. On August 30, 1969, he married Betty Louise Wurz in Kennewick, WA.John graduated from Wyaconda High School C-1 with the Class of 1966. From there, he enrolled in the "Kiddie Cruise" at the age of 17 and joined the Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam War. For a non-swimmer, this was no easy feat. John loved to share the story of how he barely passed his swim test, literally on the backs of his boot camp buddies.John worked for 33 years as an operator for Ameren Union Electric. Through all those years of shift work, he always did everything he could to attend his children"s school and sporting events. Since his retirement in 2003, John dedicated his time to family by watching as many of his grandsons" games as possible and traveling the U.S. to visit those he loved. He was always thankful for the opportunity provided by Ameren for an early retirement so that he could spend this precious time with family and friends. This also allowed him to travel to pottery conventions and events with his wife, Betty, where they made many wonderful friends.He was best known for his love of family, his humor and his embellished stories. His talents include stirring the pot in the coffee group, leaving a room in stitches, and he was a master of the inconspicuous bird. John was a member of All Saints Parish in Keokuk, IA. He was often heard telling [...]
Danny Leroy Lopez, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away at his home on June 4, 2017. He was born in Independence, Missouri, graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, and served honorably in the United States Army. Dan will be remembered for his love of politics, history and travel. He made a career out of his passion for mission and modern-style art, pottery and furniture. Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Usnick and his brother, Jimmy. His survivors include his wife, Cathy, his father, John and step-mother, Beverly; two sons William and John (Abby); and three grandchildren, Alyssa, Jacob and Alivia. A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Sunday, July 9th from 4 until 7 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be accepted to Wayside Waifs.
CERAMIC ARTS STUDIO COLLECTORS’ 2017 CONVENTION SET FOR AUG. 26th This August 26th in Madison, Wisconsin, get ready to hop aboard your personal time machine! That’s when “CAS Collectors”, the club for all those with an interest in the work of Ceramic Arts Studio, presents the 2017 CAS Collectors Convention. This year’s Convention theme, “Ceramic Arts Studio: Past, Present & Future!”, is an extra-special celebration of all the fabulous figurines created by CAS. From the historic to the futuristic, the imagination of ceramics designer Betty Harrington and her Studio associates spanned the decades. Their creations brightened homes from coast to coast during the 1940s and ‘50s, still brighten hearts today, and will continue to brighten collectors’ hearts for decades to come. From 9 am to 4 pm on August 26th, Convention attendees will take in the Wisconsin Pottery Association Show & Sale at the Alliant Energy Center. Later, all will gather at Madison’s Howard Johnson Plaza for the Convention festivities. Activities and décor will center around a fun-filled tribute to the Studio’s illustrious heritage. There will be party favors and take-home souvenirs. . .stupendous door prizes. . . colorful centerpieces. . . in short, everything that makes such a gathering so unforgettable. Getting the evening underway will be a social hour, and the popular “CAS On Display Contest”; all in attendance are invited to submit entries. A buffet dinner, raffle, and membership meeting will be followed by the club’s annual auction. Events will conclude with door prizes, and presentation of the 2017 CAS Collectors Commemorative. Convention registration, which remains at $60 per person, includes all evening activities, plus the Commemorative. Registrations received by June 15th will be eligible for an “Earliest Earlybird” prize drawing, to [...]
Sharon Huxford, along with her husband, were co-authors of "Collector's Book of Weller Pottery" and "Collector's Book of Roseville Pottery, Books I and II" Sharon Elaine Huxford Sharon Elaine Huxford, 77, of Covington died at 6:15 P. M. Tuesday January 3, 2017 at home following an extended illness. She was born December 4, 1939 near Kingman the daughter of Dallas Ray and Irene (Kiger) Newnum. Sharon was a 1957 graduate of Kingman High School and moved to Covington in 1966. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, serving as pianist, in the choir and assisting with Awana. She was a beauty operator for twenty years. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling with her husband. They operated Huxford Enterprises for many years, authoring and publishing books on antiques. Sharon married Bobby Joe Huxford at Covington on August 5, 1966 and he died January 18, 2013. Surviving is a daughter Marka Rae Woolwine of Covington, a son Steven Wayne (Jill “Sare”) Drollinger of Hillsboro; a brother Gary Wayne (Donna) Newnum of Covington, a sister Betty Evans of Crawfordsville; eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Her parents, husband, son Michael Ray Drollinger, and a sister Norma Jean Voorhees preceded her in death. Visitation will be 12:00 P. M. until time of services at 2:00 P. M. Saturday January 7, 2017at First Baptist Church. Pastor Andy Harkleroad will officiate. Burial will be in Coal Creek Cemetery. Memorials requested to First Baptist Church. Shelby Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences to the family: www.shelbyfuneralhome.com
With great sadness, The Los Angeles Pottery Show announces that co-founder and former show producer Ken Stalcup has passed. PHOTO: Ken Stalcup (left) and his partner Dennis Warden (right) Battle with cancer waged with dignity, strength and bravery Ken Stalcup, co-founder of The Los Angeles Pottery Show quietly passed away on January 13th, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Those who know Ken personally describe him as a kind, patient and strong person who will be dearly missed. Ken Stalcup and his longtime partner and recent spouse Dennis Warden started the Los Angeles Pottery Show back in 1999. It began with some friends urging Ken and Dennis to fill a need for collectors and sellers of art pottery to come together at a singular event. An annual event where all could browse, learn, buy, trade and most important of all, meet and socialize within the art pottery community from all across the country. Last year, after a long and successful run as creators and producers of the Los Angeles Pottery Show, Ken & Dennis made the difficult decision to finally retire from the show and enjoy life together. Upon learning of Ken & Dennis' decision to retire from running The Los Angeles Pottery Show, avid art pottery collector and event producer Kyle M. Shiroma approached them with an appeal to continue the show - to not only extend the legacy which they created, but to build the show into something for the next generation of art pottery collectors to enjoy. It was shortly after this happy and exciting time of transition for The Los Angeles Pottery Show that Ken received the terrible diagnosis of terminal cancer. Ken and Dennis looked into every possible treatment available [...]
To download the complete Convention Packet and other forms - go to the "Convention" tab in main menu. 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: email@example.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 [...]
PRESIDENT Mark Latta 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. VICE PRESIDENT Christine Boone 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". Mark Mazzuki 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 [...]
(Biloxi, MS) The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has named Harry Joachim as its Director of Development. According to Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director of the museum, Joachim’s appointment takes effect immediately. He will be charged with bolstering memberships, admissions and special events for the museum. He will also be responsible for identifying and securing charitable gifts and donations for the beachfront museum. A native of Biloxi, Joachim earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi. After a successful tenure in the family real estate brokerage, he served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Master Appraisers and Managing Director of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers. In addition, he was Associate Dean of the Lincoln Graduate Center which, at the time, was the largest proprietary real estate school in the nation. image007.jpgJoachim later served as Executive Director of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce where he distinguished himself by improving operations and by his success in tourism marketing. He later held positions in casino marketing in both Mississippi and Alabama. An accomplished public speaker, Joachim has effectively delivered over 4,000 hours of platform presentations in thirty-five cities. He is also a published writer and photographer. In addition, Joachim’s diverse background includes broadcasting and acting credits. “Harry brings a vast spectrum of talents and skills to the position,” said Vincent Creel, President of the Ohr-O’Keefe Board of Trustees. “He knows the Coast, he knows marketing, and he has a big picture vision that will help us attract a national market,” Creel added.
I am writing to celebrate the life of my friend, and everyone's friend, Joan Dessureau. These few words are not intended as a comprehensive biography, but a fond remembrance of someone well known to all in the AAPA. It always seemed, at a convention, that Joan was the first to give welcome, and the last to send me safely on my way. Countless times, she surprised me at shows, leaving notes of encouragement and delighting me with her company. For many years, Joan proudly served as an AAPA Trustee and unofficial photographer. She and her camera were omnipresent at pottery events. The photos remain as her cherished contribution...the subjects always smiling at the lady behind the camera. Her exquisite taste and knowledge were universally recognized and eagerly sought. She kindly informed me when I had made something especially fine, or when a piece had missed the mark. I never failed to benefit from her observations, and always sought to live up to her standards. It was easy to predict that an exceptional blue-hued vase would find its way into her accomplished hands. Joan was an early and ardent supporter of contemporary potters. In the beginning, we were sometimes regarded with apprehension in the collector community. She was foremost with an encouraging word, eager with genuinely helpful advice, and respectful of our efforts. On one occasion, during a show, she overheard an elderly lady make an unkind remark to me about my work. I laughed it off. Joan, however, with motherly indignation, produced her ubiquitous cane, and extracted major contrition from the offending party. Joan had been a career school teacher. She remained a good teacher throughout her life, and in all her endeavors. She educated, [...]