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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 | January 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 | December 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 | 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 | August 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 | June 25th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Arts & Crafts Tours. London-Wales 2016

Rookwood Pottery Company Tour

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 if you would like to take the tour.

By | April 15th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Rookwood Pottery Company Tour

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 | 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 | December 9th, 2014|Press Releases, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery


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 | 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 | January 2nd, 2014|Books, Press Releases|Comments Off on New George Ohr Book