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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

Vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Press Releases, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery

James C. Fleming Obituary

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

By | 2014-12-05T18:13:00+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on James C. Fleming Obituary

The Art of California Faience

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.

By | 2014-11-03T17:18:32+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Art of California Faience

David D. Dilley Obituary

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

By | 2014-10-29T20:02:25+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on David D. Dilley Obituary

Billie L. McCoy Obituary

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.

By | 2014-12-05T18:13:20+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on Billie L. McCoy Obituary

“In the Arts & Crafts Style” Exhibition

"In the Arts & Crafts Style" An exhibition of the work of Roycroft Renaissance Artist Laura Wilder Opening reception, Saturday November 8, 2014 – Noon - 3:00 Show runs through January 3, 2015. All Works For Sale Laura Wilder is an enthusiastic artist whose style fits perfectly into the aesthetic of the Arts & Crafts movement original and rekindled. Originally a typical college art major, she first worked as a commercial illustrator and graphic artist. At some point she was exposed to the work of the masters of the Arts & Crafts movement and she was stunned and exhilarated she had found an aesthetic that fit her personal style. So she struck out on her own producing a series of block prints depicting "Artisans at Work," the first of which was modeled after Janice McDuffie who owns a pottery in East Aurora near the Roycroft campus. Soon she was drawn into the Roycroft Renaissance movement and Laura is now a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan. Laura became acquainted with Fair Oak Workshops when we approached her about creating a seasonal block print series inspired by the Dard Hunter illustration on the title page of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle published by the Roycrofters in 1905. That project was very successful and a few prints remain available directly from Laura. Laura practices in more than one medium. Besides paintings which she reproduces via giclee, from time to time she does block prints, serigraphs and in this instance a painting contributed to a charity auction; the painting reproduced here as a lithograph poster print.

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “In the Arts & Crafts Style” Exhibition

RIP Betty L. Blair

Betty L Blair, age 78 of Jackson, Ohio, died Sunday June 1st surrounded by her loved ones after a long battle with myeloma. Betty was born January 1st, 1935 in Oak Hill, WV to the late Charles and Jesse Twiggs. Betty was an avid collector of antiques and pottery. She spent much of her life traveling throughout the country to antique shows. She was the owner of the Hocking Hills Craft Mall and Logan Antique Mall. She is survived by her six children Jeffrey Blair of Jackson, Michael Blair of Jackson, Bruce Blair of Columbus, Joseph (Denise) Blair II of Albany, Paul (Robin) Blair of Jackson, and Allison (Blair) Cundy of Powell. Thirteen Grandchildren, Brandelyn, Mark Anthony, Barbra, Brian, Karen, Joseph III, Aaron, Abbey, Hunter, Paul Jr. (PJ), Laurel, Melina, and Brenna, and four great grandchildren. Calling hours for friends and loved ones will be Friday June 7, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home 135 Broadway Street Jackson. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 215 Columbia Street, Jackson, with Father John Joseph Trapp officiating and burial to follow at the Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations to be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, or online at Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

By | 2014-08-19T18:43:45+00:00 August 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on RIP Betty L. Blair

RIP Jack Omar Vinales

Jack Omar Vinales July 5, 1946 – July 5, 2014 Jack O. Vinales died peacefully at home and passed into The Great Silence on July 5, 2014, his sixty-eighth birthday. He will be sadly missed but remembered with great joy by his many friends and extended family members. He is survived by his husband of many years. Brian H. Fitz-Harris. Jack received some notoriety as the creator and proprietor of Jack Vinales Antiques/20th Century Classics, an antique shop in Sarasota, Florida but with customers and admirers worldwide. Services will be private. Charitable donations in Jack's name may be made to "The Jack 0 . and Rosa G. Vinales Scholarship Fund For Hispanic Students" at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Published In Herald Tribune from July 9 to July 10, 2014   Below is an article about Jack from a local newspaper.

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on RIP Jack Omar Vinales