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“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

Waylande Gregory

Uncommon Cowan Pottery Designs By Waylande Gregory BY TOM FOLK PH.D.   Waylande Gregory was Cowan Pottery’s only full time employee, and he designed more Cowan objects than any of their artists, of course, with the notable exception of Guy Cowan, himself. It was at Cowan that Gregory started his career in ceramics and many would consider his limited edition ceramic sculptures for Cowan among their most accomplished and popular works. Gregory’s signature monumental ceramic sculptures, some topping 6 feet and weighing over one ton, would not come until later, after the pottery closed in 1931. Since the Cowan Pottery was one of America’s last major art potteries, it is also possible to see the sculptural works Gregory created there as not only the significant conclusion of the art pottery period; but also, as the beginning of the golden era of American ceramic sculpture. This, in following years, would include the Cleveland School and such luminaries in ceramic sculpture as Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson, Howard Kottler and Viola Frey. CLICK HERE to download the complete Article

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 May 19th, 2014|Journal Articles|Comments Off on Waylande Gregory


The 2014 Convention Packet with complete convention information is NOW AVAILABLE on this web site.  Click on the CONVENTION tab to view and download the full itinerary, registration form, and donation/consignment forms.  This packet is for those NOT setting up at the show.  Dealers who have exhibited at the show in prior years will be sent their packet separately by mail.  Members who have not  previously set up at the show, but are interested in doing so, please contact AAPA President Arnie Small at or by telephone at 609-407-9997.  Look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati!

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on CONVENTION 2014

New George Ohr Book

GEORGE E. OHR The Greatest Art Potter on Earth By Eugene Hecht Contributions by Garth Clark, David Rago, Denny Mecham and Ohr-O Keefe Museum of Art Skira Rizzoli / ISBN: 978-0-8478-4117-2 / $50 U.S. / December 2013 Hardcover / 224 pages /  240 color & b/w photographs / 9 ½’’ x 10 ¾’’   “When I am gone, my work will be praised, honored, and cherished. It will come.” – George Ohr   Called the Mad Potter of Biloxi, the Apostle of Individuality, and the self-proclaimed Greatest Art Potter on Earth, George Edgar Ohr (1857–1918) transformed wheel-thrown pots into ceramic works that were far ahead of their time. Though the unprecedented shapes and idiosyncratic glazes of Ohr’s creations were ridiculed by some during his lifetime, he was recognized as a genius by cognoscenti who championed his work.  Today, his ceramics are seen as forerunners of the American modernist movement and are prized by collectors and museums. The definitive and most up-to-date volume on the celebrated artist, GEORGE E. OHR: The Greatest Potter on Earth, accompanies a major exhibition at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art that will take place in the John S. and James L. Knight Gallery, four new Frank Gehry–designed, supersized, twisted steel "pod" buildings.   Showcasing the mastery of Ohr’s work, the book features some 135 of his masterpieces with all-new photographs of the objects—most never before publicly exhibited—which illustrate his gift for combining color and form to create vessels of incomparable delicacy. This rich volume is filled with new research and fresh insights into the life and work of one of America’s most singular and creative master artists.   ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Eugene Hecht, curator of this exhibition, is a noted author [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 January 2nd, 2014|Books, Press Releases|Comments Off on New George Ohr Book

William S. Lieth, Collector

William S. Lieth (Bill) of Burke, VA passed away on April 9th, 2013 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, surrounded by his loving family. Dear son of Dolores (Nutt Lieth) and Stanley W. Lieth. He was the beloved husband of his wife, Suzanne Matason. He is also survived by his stepsons, Michael Matason of Arlington, VA and Thomas Matason of Bozeman, MT, cherished sister, Leslie Lieth Tedeschi (Philip) of New York City and brother, Douglas Lieth, of Warwick, NY. He leaves a niece, Katherine Tedeschi and nephews, Paul Tedeschi and Ryan Lieth. Bill grew up in Brooklyn, NY. After graduation from C.W. Post College of Long Island University, he lived in the Washington metropolitan area for most of his life. He earned his JD from George Washington University and was a government contracts attorney during most of his legal career. At his death, Bill was employed by Deloitte LLP and was a Director in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), Federal Practice. Bill’s colleague in the OGC, shared that “he was an outstanding attorney and dedicated team member. His friends and colleagues loved Bill for his often biting and hilarious wit, and his propensity to always tell it as he saw it.”   Bill was an avid pottery collector and his collection was recently sold. FALLS CHURCH, VA.- The 1,000-piece art pottery collection of William S. Lieth will be auctioned by Quinn’s Auction Galleries on Saturday, Dec. 7. A vast and impressive array, the Lieth collection includes masterworks from such great names as George Ohr, Kataro Shirayamadani, R. Guy Cowan, Newcomb and Wayland Gregory. Lieth amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections of Cowan pottery in private ownership. It contains more than 500 [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 29th, 2013|Obituaries|Comments Off on William S. Lieth, Collector

Author Virginia Buxton (1919-2013)

Virginia Buxton Published on November 23rd, 2013 9:02 pm Mrs. Virginia Buxton, age 94, Jonesborough, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Four Oaks Health Care Center.
Mrs. Buxton was born August 1, 1919, in Minnesota, daughter of the late William Herman & Martha Milbrett Hillway.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Edward Buxton; and two brothers, Tyrus Hillway and Bayard Hillway
Mrs. Buxton grew up in Minneapolis, and Sheridan, Oregon, and attended Oregon State University, where she met her husband.
From 1959 to 1967, the Buxton family lived in Johnson City, where Mrs. Buxton worked for WETB radio and owned The Stitching Post knit shop for several years. After living in the Buffalo, New York, area for more than a decade, Mr. and Mrs. Buxton retired to Jonesborough, where Mrs. Buxton lived for the past thirty years. Mrs. Buxton was a published author; among her works were “Roseville Pottery for Love or Money” and “Knitting Know-How,” and she was a contributor to “History of Washington County Tennessee,” along with articles in many other publications. She was also an Architect, designing homes for builders in Ventura, California. Mrs. Buxton attended Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and was a past member of the Schubert Club and the Monday Club.
Survivors include three sons, Tye Buxton, Jonesborough, Brian Buxton, Atlanta, GA, and Tim Buxton, New Hampshire; brother, Charles Hillway, Los Angeles, California; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Allen Huff officiating.
 Pallbearers were family & friends.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church or charitable organization of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the Buxton family online [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Obituaries|Comments Off on Author Virginia Buxton (1919-2013)

Robert V. (Bob) Palko (1926–2012)

Robert V. (Bob) Palko was born in Cleveland, OH on October 20, 1926 and died in Houston, TX on July 10, 2012. After graduating high school Bob served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 serving in the Pacific Theater in WWII. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy Bob attended and graduated from Ohio University. In 1952 he married his wife Barbara and they moved to Texas where they had 3 sons. Bob went to work for Western Auto and retired from there in 1970. He then entered his second career in education and taught DECA. He retired from GPISD in 1987 and enjoyed golfing and collecting antique Weller pottery in his retirement. Bob achieved what few golfers do; not 1 or 2 but 3 holes in one. Bob was a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the Cowan Pottery Associates, the United States Golf Association and Texaco Country Club. Preceded in death by his wife Barbara and his eldest and youngest sons Bob, Jr. and Bruce, Bob is survived by his middle son and daughter-in-law Bill and Debbie Palko of Houston; granddaughter Abby Cantrell of Ada, OK; grandson and granddaughter Steven and Michelle Palko of Houston, TX; great grandsons Tyler and Oliver Cantrell of Ada, OK and sister Joan Munson of Idyllwild, CA. A celebration of Bob's life was held at 10 am Friday, July 20 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Houston with the Reverend Paul May officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Houston Hospice, Holy Trinity or the charity of your choice. Published in Houston Chronicle on July 15, 2012

By | 2013-12-27T22:31:11+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Obituaries|Comments Off on Robert V. (Bob) Palko (1926–2012)

Red Wing Pottery for Sale

Red Wing Pottery on precipice of shuttering final vestige of 140-year-old business Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON,   Red Wing Pottery, a storied Mississippi River institution that began selling farmers salt-glaze storage crocks in the 1860s, will either be sold or closed. Scott Gillmer, owner and grandson of former president R.A. Gillmer, said he will have to shut down at the end of the year if a buyer doesn’t emerge. Crushed by bigger retailers, Gillmer said he can no longer operate the 32,000-square-foot retail-restaurant-pottery production facility on West Main Street. The overhead has become too much for even the venerable Red Wing Pottery name. “People have less discretionary income and I’m in the same boat,” Gillmer said. “I”m spending more and more on health care and my children’s education as a percentage of my income than ever before.” Third-generation owner Gillmer said he’s had interest from a couple of possible buyers, but that whoever takes over will need to find a new means of profit. The company hasn’t mass-produced pottery since 1967 when Gillmer’s grandfather bought and shifted the business to showroom sales. Gillmer’s aunt kept Red Wing Pottery in business by selling collectibles to tourists at the mall. “We grew quite large when retail was good. Now that has ended,” Scott Gillmer said. “I have this very large overhead and it’s just not sustainable.” When his grandfather started working for the pottery company, he sold the wares to national accounts of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. But the production of dinnerware shifted from the United States to Japan in the 1950s. In 1967, Red Wing Potteries liquidated and R.A. Gillmer took over as the owner and president. He shifted the business into the sales [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:50+00:00 November 5th, 2013|Press Releases|Comments Off on Red Wing Pottery for Sale