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Major Art Pottery Gift

Major Gift of Art Pottery to Adorn Met’s Restyled American Wing See Below for Press Release from the Met. By CAROL VOGEL Published: January 14, 2009 - NY Times The collector Robert A. Ellison Jr. at his home in Greenwich Village with some of the pottery by American masters that he is donating to the Metropolitan Museum. In the early 1960s, when he moved to New York from Fort Worth to pursue a career as a painter, Robert A. Ellison Jr. spent much of his time exploring the city, perusing antiques stores, thrift shops and flea markets for things, he said, “they didn’t have in Texas.” One of his earliest purchases was a white crackled-glaze plate decorated with blue rabbits that he later learned was made around 1900 in Dedham, Mass. “The design was strong, not fussy,” Mr. Ellison, 76, said in an interview. His rambles soon extended to New England, where he discovered many other kinds of pottery. “I didn’t know what any of it was,” he said. “It wasn’t in books. I just saw it, liked it and bought it. Prices were low.” Mr. Ellison has since amassed hundreds of examples of American and European ceramics, from the theatrical creations of George E. Ohr, the self-styled Mad Potter of Biloxi, Miss., to the matte-green Arts and Crafts pieces of William H. Grueby. Cramped for space in his Village apartment, he has crowded his treasures into cabinets, crammed them atop shelves and packed them away in closets. And while he insists that he doesn’t think of himself as a philanthropist, he now plans to donate 250 American pieces from his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dating from 1876 through 1956, the works [...]

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A Small Revival

For Ohio Pottery, a Small Revival By STEPHANIE STROM Published: June 11, 2012. New York Times EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — Not that long ago, this little Ohio River town could call itself the pottery capital of the nation. Some four dozen pottery factories here “set America’s table,” as the locals liked to boast, churning out everything from fine china to chamber pots and employing a large majority of the work force. But no longer. Global competition and economic collapse shattered the industry like a poorly executed tablecloth trick and turned East Liverpool into a desperate corner of the country. Median income is roughly one-third lower than the state average, and more than 10 percent of working-age residents are unemployed. Just two pottery makers remain, and one, the American Mug and Stein Company, was on the verge of closing last fall. Then Ulrich Honighausen called. Mr. Honighausen, the owner of a tableware company, Hausenware, in Sonoma County, Calif., which supplies retailers like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Fred Meyer with ceramics and glassware from producers all over the world, had a plan to revitalize American Mug and create jobs in an industry that had all but died. What if American Mug were to make mugs for Starbucks? “I almost didn’t take his call because I figured it was a crank call or something,” said Clyde M. McClellan, owner of American Mug. But on Tuesday, the company’s mugs will go on sale in Starbucks stores across the country as part of a line of new merchandise made in America and branded Indivisible. American Mug’s production has kept four people employed and created eight more jobs here, and money from the sale of the mugs and other [...]

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Starting A Collection

With the market and economic times being what they are - we thought we'd dig out an article from our March/April 2004 issue entitled... Starting A Collection We thought it would be interesting for our members who are new collectors to hear what four longtime dealers and/or collectors would suggest buying were they a beginning pottery collector attempting to start out in today’s market. So, we “gave” them an imaginary $1,000 and said “how would you spend this if you were going to start a collection?” Here are their thoughts:   By: Mark & Marie Latta The Managing Director just e-mailed us to let us know that she was going to send us $1000.00 to start a new collection. What will it be? Even if Grueby or Marblehead could occasionally be found for $50.00 here I can’t recommend trying to put together a collection of these pots as they rarely show up at any price. On the other hand, there are some potteries we can find more abundantly… here in the Heartland. We had been fortunate enough 10 years ago to start many different collections. Pine Ridge Sioux vases many times were labeled ‘Indian pot’ not so long ago with a price of $6.00. McCoy miniatures, the little unmarked or faintly marked NM figurines were all purchased for less than $10.00 each; i.e., Art Deco deer $1.50 firm. We found these items at flea markets, garage sales, shops, and even pottery shows. The McCoy finds came from diligently pouring over a McCoy book over and over again. The Pine Ridge Sioux just seemed like such a nice piece and nobody else wanted it (then…). One day about 10 years ago our local auction house advertised [...]

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