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2017 Board Candidates Bios

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2017 Board Candidates Bios

OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM NAMES DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

(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.

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Press Releases|Comments Off on OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM NAMES DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Joan Dessureau, a Personal Tribute

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, [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Obituaries|Comments Off on Joan Dessureau, a Personal Tribute

Wes Miller Obituary

Dwight Wesley Miller November 07, 1946 – November 09, 2015 Wesley was born on November 7, 1946 in Gainesville to Clarence "Slats" and Gladys (Langford) Miller. He passed away on November 9, 2015 in Pilot Point. 


Wes attended school in Sivells Bend until entering and graduating from Gainesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Upon returning, he graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas. He was a lifelong artist. 


He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Konrad "Bill" Shields of Pilot Point; nephew Randy Miller and his wife Lisa of Muenster; great-nephew Garrett Miller of Muenster; and numerous cousins. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles "Mac" Miller; and brother Carroll Miller.

By | 2015-12-26T18:19:10+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Obituaries|Comments Off on Wes Miller Obituary

Pewabic Pottery Exhibition

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes: The Gerald W. McNeely Collection of Pewabic Pottery Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2015 – August 28, 2016 Organized by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and Cranbrook Art Museum, this exhibition debuts the Gerald W. McNeely Collection, one of the largest private collections of Pewabic Pottery recently donated to Cranbrook Art Museum and never before seen in its entirety. The Collection includes over 117 works including a Revelation Pottery Vase, which pre-dates the founding of Pewabic, and includes works from throughout the career of Mary Chase Perry Stratton, founder of Pewabic Pottery. The exhibition will also highlight Cranbrook’s own collection of Pewabic Pottery from the Art Museum and campus, which George Gough Booth, founder of Cranbrook, actively collected over his lifetime.​ Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes was organized by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in collaboration with Cranbrook Art Museum and is curated by Center Collections Fellow Stefanie Dlugosz-Acton. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog are sponsored, in part, by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for Arts and the John Bloom Decorative Arts and Design Fund. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue which will be launched on February 14, 2016, at Pewabic Pottery along with an exclusive Pewabic Pottery/Cranbrook “Snowdrop” Vase commemorating this exhibition. Photographers: Tim Thayer and R. H. Hensleigh

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Pewabic Pottery Exhibition

1st Director of MAACM Named

The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) has announced that Kevin W. Tucker has been named the first director of the Museum, to be located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tucker assumes his role with the MAACM on August 17, 2015. The Museum, scheduled for completion in 2017, will be the home of the collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation, a private, non-profit educational institution in Palm Harbor, Florida, formed to promote an understanding of the American Arts and Crafts movement through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of the decorative and fine arts. Established by retired businessman Rudy Ciccarello in 2004, the Foundation’s extensive collection includes unparalleled works of furniture, metalwork, lighting, ceramics, paintings, prints, photography, and other objects produced between 1900 and 1930. "When considering this most important position, I couldn't think of a more qualified, capable and knowledgeable museum professional to lead this effort," said Ciccarello. "His understanding of the Arts and Crafts movement, the objects and the artists who created them, is exemplary and is based on his nearly 25 years of experience working in the field." “I am honored to have been selected as the director of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement,” said Tucker.  “I have long been fascinated by the early twentieth century and the contemporary resonance of its creative struggles to reconcile art, craft, industry, and rapid cultural change. The subject is deeply compelling to me, but even more so is this opportunity to work with Mr. Ciccarello and the Two Red Roses Foundation to lead this new museum for the St. Petersburg community, its many visitors, and all with an interest in such astounding expressions of creativity.” Tucker previously served as [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on 1st Director of MAACM Named

In Memoriam: DOD STEWART

George S. “Dod” Stewart, Jr. of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015. Dod was an artist, musician, avid art collector, pottery collector and patron of the arts. Professionally, he was internationally known in the organ transplant community. Dod was Vice President of the AAPA from 1999 to 2001 and its President from 2001 to 2003. Dod was afflicted with Huntington’s disease and his health had been declining for several years, but despite his physical challenges he desperately wanted to attend the Pottery Lovers annual gathering in Zanesville Ohio in early July. He brought his beloved pots, saw his friends, and delighted us all once again with his wonderful presence and delightful sense of honor. Less than a week after returning to his home in Slidell, Louisiana, Dod passed away peacefully. Attempting to sum up a life such as his is impossible and so, we let the tributes of his life long friends express their thoughts on hearing of his passing. “…yet though we mourn and mourn, a good man never dies.” – James Whitcomb Riley “He will be missed. He was a classmate of mine and I am so happy that he came to our 50th class reunion, Slidell High School Class of 1965, this past May. It was an honor to call him my friend. I was a thrilled in my early days of collecting Shearwater to help him set up all his super rare pots for the show in Florida. Such a generous person and a hoot too. It’s been a very long time since seeing, Dod, but we all were next door neighbors growing up for many years, hopped the fence many times, so sad and I know he [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Obituaries|Comments Off on In Memoriam: DOD STEWART

Arts & Crafts Tours. London-Wales 2016

BRITISH TILES AND CERAMICS OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT May 8 -19, 2016 We hope you will want to come along with us and Vance Koehler as he, and a number of other tile experts take us from London to Wales to the industrial north of England – all sites central to the design and production of some of the most spectacular, as well as functional, tiles and ceramics associated with the designers and makers of British Arts and Crafts ceramics. And of course, there will be marvelous collections to view. Vance, an Independent Curator and American Art Tile Scholar was for many years curator of Henry C. Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Pennsylvania. For full details - click here to download a brochure and Registration form.

By | 2015-06-25T04:20:27+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Arts & Crafts Tours. London-Wales 2016

2015 AAPA Convention Blue Ash, Ohio

I am very pleased to announce that the 35th annual AAPA Convention, Show and Sale will once again be held just North of Cincinnati at our host hotel, The Embassy Suites in Blue Ash, Ohio. The convention dates will be Thursday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd and the hotel has blocked suites for our event at a rate of $97.00 per night. This special rate, which includes an amazing cooked to order breakfast and a managers reception in the evening, is guaranteed through March 28th. Please make your reservations early by calling the hotel at 513-733-8900 and mentioning you are coming in for the AAPA convention. I am also very excited that the Contemporary Art Pottery Collectors Association, (CAPCA), will be joining us for this years convention. CAPCA is the largest organization devoted to collecting contemporary art pottery.  The convention events include a chartered bus tour, welcome reception, four impressive seminars, a pottery auction and the AAPA Show and Sale. The Thursday guided tour focuses on the magnificent Rookwood tile installations throughout Cincinnati. The first stop will be the Netherlands Plaza Hotel (1931), a National Historical Landmark, filled with a multi-story Rookwood fountain with a pair of matching seahorses, beautiful tiles, ceiling murals and more. We will then proceed on a guided four block walking tour of the tile sites downtown, which will include many building facades from the early 1900’s. The bus will then take us to the Union Terminal, (1933), called one of the most iconic Art Deco masterpieces in the US and now house the Cincinnati Museum Center. The terminal is home to massive mosaic murals by Winold Reiss, as well as the famous ice cream parlor, formally a tea room, [...]

By | 2015-01-29T04:11:03+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on 2015 AAPA Convention Blue Ash, Ohio