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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
The Rookwood Pottery Company has graciously offered a tour of their factory on Wednesday, April 29th at 2 PM for anyone attending the AAPA Convention. Please contact Arnie Small at 609-407-9997 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take the tour.
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, [...]
Historically Significant Rookwood vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery December 8, 2014 | Photo: Rookwood Pottery Standard Glaze Tiger Eye “Uranus” Vase, A.R. Valentien, 1899, 18 1/2” The Humler & Nolan Holiday Sale 2014 auction, November 8th & 9th, featured a new Paintings session along side their well established fare of fine American and European Art Pottery and Art Glass and was highlighted by the sale of one of the most important pieces of Rookwood Pottery ever produced. Lot 1239, an 18 1/2 inch "Tiger Eye" vase known as the "Uranus Vase", from the Rookwood session of over 500 lots of antique Rookwood Pottery, was won on a high bid of $31,000 placed on behalf of the Rookwood Pottery Company. The Uranus Vase, created in 1899 by Albert Valentien, is decorated with a flight of incised cranes awash in golden hues of the Tiger Eye glaze effect. In 1900, the Uranus Vase was displayed as a star amongst hundreds of pieces that made up the Rookwood exhibition at the Paris Exposition Universelle. When the exposition judges conferred the official awards, and in large part due to the vase's elusive Tiger Eye effect, the Rookwood Pottery Company was honored with the Grand Prix, the top award in their category. The significance of this award to Rookwood and American Art Pottery cannot be overstated, as it was this medal that put Rookwood Pottery on the map as America's finest and gave notice to the rest of the world that Rookwood Art Pottery now rivaled anything produced in Europe or Asia. After the Paris Exposition, the Uranus Vase spent decades on display in the Rookwood Pottery showroom in Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio. Ownership passed, along with the pottery [...]
James Felming, of Mt. Washington, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at the age of 67. He is survived by his sister, Susanne (Tom) Sebree of Anderson Township, his brother, Richard Fleming, of Nashville, Tennessee, and his friend and former wife, Nancy LeClair. He is also survived by many dear family and friends. He was a proud graduate of St. Xavier High School, The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Jim retired from the Hamilton County Adult Probation Department and after that he worked at Cincinnati Art Galleries specializing in Rookwood Pottery. He was on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Washington Community Council and was a volunteer for Citizens on Patrol. Per his request, his body was donated to The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. A memorial Mass will take place at Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington, on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jim brought us love and laughter and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association , 5211 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45227. Condolences may be expressed at www.tpwhite.com
Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience FEBRUARY 22 – MAY 17, 2015 William Bragdon was a ceramic engineer trained at Alfred University in New York. He moved to Berkeley in 1915 to teach at the California School of Arts and Crafts and shortly thereafter formed a partnership with his Alfred University classmate Chauncey Thomas, then running a Berkeley pottery studio. Together they created decorative tiles, vases, and sculpture, calling their wares California Faience. The most prestigious of the company's projects came in the 1920s when architect Julia Morgan commissioned a complete environment of tiles for William Randolph Hearst's palatial home and grounds in San Simeon. The first exhibition on this subject, Of Cottages and Castles presents the full range of the company's accomplishments, with an emphasis on decorative pieces emblematic of Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and Moderne styles, as well as tiles made for Hearst Castle. https://crockerartmuseum.org/exhibitions/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibits/1024-cottagesandcastles
David D. Dilley, age 43, of Marion died Friday, September, 19, 2014. He was born in Marion, Indiana to the late Jerry “JD” Dilley and Deborah Ann (Scott) Sprinkle, and she survives. David was a 1990 graduate of Marion High School. He loved landscaping, gardening, flowers, and cats. He was a Heager pottery enthusiast and enjoyed antiques. While working for L.W. Books, David published books about Heager pottery. He was an awesome Uncle and loved his nieces and nephews. Survivors include mom, Deborah Sprinkle of North Carolina; step-mom, Terrie Dilley of Marion; sister, Andréa Dilley of Marion; nieces, Kristin Nemes and Laney Joseph; nephew, Chase Cox; partner, Daniel Frey; and many aunts and uncles. Preceding him in death are his father, Jerry “JD” Dilley and grandparents, Mary and Harry Dilley and Harmon and Rose Mary Benbow and uncle Richard Dilley. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 6:00 p.m., at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 Kem Road, Marion, Indiana. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Howard Clayton officiating. Online Condolences may be made at www.ravenchoate.com.
Billie L. McCoy ZANESVILLE: Billie L. McCoy, 90, of Zanesville, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014, at her home. Billie was born March 7, 1924, in Groom, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Jess and Ayme Ritter. She graduated from Gulf Port College. She married Nelson McCoy in 1945 and moved to Zanesville. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She worked for years in the design department of Nelson McCoy Pottery and was an enthusiastic collector of older McCoy pottery. She was an active member of the Zanesville community and enjoyed her time and friends at the Zanesville Country Club. Mostly, she enjoyed her family: her husband Nelson, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of 69 years and her daughter, Margaret (Perry) Smith of Wilmington, NC; also surviving are a sister, Margaret Brownfield of Moberly, Missouri, and a brother, Keith Ritter, of Amarillo Texas; three grandchildren, Perry (Emily) Smith, Lindsay (Chris) Grider and Derek (Elizabeth) Smith; and three great grandchildren, Peter Smith, Matthew Smith, and Margaret Grider. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and by her beloved son, William "Mac" McCoy Jr.