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Art Nouveau Amphora

Art Nouveau Amphora January 19, 2019 - June 16, 2019 Sinuous plants, youthful maidens and venomous dragons are among the forms that curl around the art pottery known as Art Nouveau Amphora. Art Nouveau or the "New Art" emerged in the late 19th century and is recognized for the use of curvilinear forms inspired by nature and a focus on aesthetic beauty. Developing out of the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau gained international popularity and influenced art, architecture, illustration and the decorative arts. During this period, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios created stained glass windows and iridescent art glass, while inTurn-Teplitz, Austria (now the Czech Republic), the manufacturer Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RSt&K), later called Amphora, produced distinctive art pottery. Amphora's elaborate creations ranged from the elegant to the bizarre and often were finished with striking glazes and gold accents. Some artisans sculpted beautiful women and mythical beasts, while others decorated vessels with images of beautiful women. While Amphora is best known for their pottery in the Art Nouveau style, they produced a range of work demonstrating shifting tastes and artistic styles during the era. Image credit: Reissner, Stellmacher & Kessel (RSt&K), known as Amphora. Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria, 1892–1905. Maiden with Dragonfly Earrings, model # 0241, circa 1894. The Collection of Robert Grant and Sandra Zeck

By |2019-03-08T01:11:43+00:00March 8th, 2019|Press Releases|Comments Off on Art Nouveau Amphora

Kirkland Museum to Celebrate New Location

Denver, November 8, 2017—Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art’s highly anticipated new building at 1201 Bannock Street opens to the public on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The grand opening follows a week-long celebration of preview events including: • Thursday, March 1, 2018               Golden Gala • Friday, March 2, 2018                     Private preview for artists and designers in the collection • Saturday, March 3, 2018               Private preview for Kirkland Museum members • Sunday, March 4, 2018                  Private preview for community partners • Saturday, March 10, 2018             Grand opening of the new museum The Golden Gala celebrates Kirkland Museum’s new golden building and the museum’s relocation to Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, steps away from Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Art Museum. Sponsorships to attend the gala and see the museum before it opens to the public range from $2,500 to $20,000. Individual tickets will be available in January, subject to availability. For more information, visit the Events page at or contact or 303.832.8576 x801. The new museum offers far greater visibility for the museum’s three collections (international decorative art, Colorado and regional art and works by Vance Kirkland) which will complement the collections of the museums nearby and make it even more convenient for art lovers to experience all the internationally important artwork Denver offers in the Golden Triangle. Kirkland Museum features three principal collections including displays of over 150 years of Colorado art and almost 150 years of decorative art. The Kirkland is recognized as having one of the most important displays of international decorative art in North America from Arts & Crafts through Postmodern. The Colorado and regional art collection shows the span of local art history from 1845 through [...]

By |2017-11-08T21:22:56+00:00November 8th, 2017|Press Releases|Comments Off on Kirkland Museum to Celebrate New Location

Tile Heritage Archives are SAFE!

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

By |2017-10-22T14:44:39+00:00October 22nd, 2017|Press Releases, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tile Heritage Archives are SAFE!


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 [...]

By |2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00May 1st, 2017|Press Releases|Comments Off on CAS COLLECTORS CONVENTION 2017

AAPA Convention 2017

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: 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 [...]

By |2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00January 6th, 2017|Press Releases|Comments Off on AAPA Convention 2017


(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+00:00December 1st, 2016|Press Releases|Comments Off on OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM NAMES DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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+00:00December 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+00:00August 3rd, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on 1st Director of MAACM Named

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