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+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Press Releases, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tile Heritage Archives are SAFE!

2017 Board Candidates Bios

PRESIDENT Mark Latta I have been collecting pottery for the past 30 years. My wife Marie and I were the founding members of Iowa Art Pottery Association and lifetime members of American Art Pottery Association.  We are also members of the Hull Pottery Association, Wisconsin Pottery Association, Minnesota Art Pottery Association, Red Wing Collectors Society and CAPCA. I have owned and managed a successful water well drilling and pump service business since 1977. Through much arm-twisting and years of discussion ‘I’ decided to run for president.  Filling Arnie Small’s shoes will be a big job. VICE PRESIDENT Christine Boone Retired from General Electric in 2009 after having worked over 30 years as a logistics and travel manager, I have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. I started collecting pottery in the 1970s and still love to buy and sell.  I am a longtime member of AAPA and am active in several pottery organizations including Wisconsin Pottery Association, Iowa Art Pottery Association, Minnesota Art Pottery Association, and Red Wing Collectors Society.  I enjoy learning more from other collectors, as well as sharing what I have learned over the years.  My passion for pottery has given me the opportunity to have some great times with other crazy "pottery people". Mark Mazzuki I have been involved with the AAPA since 1998 when I took over as Creative Director for the JOURNAL of the AAPA. In the intervening years, I have additionally been webmaster, advertising manager, etc. and have interacted personally with all Board members, authors, advertisers and many members. I feel I have been privy to the inner workings of the association for all almost 20 years and I would welcome an opportunity to bring my [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2017 Board Candidates Bios

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

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.   https://crockerartmuseum.org/exhibitions/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibits/1024-cottagesandcastles

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

“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.   http://daltons.com/

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 http://www.themmrf.org/. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.mayhewbrownfuneralhome.com

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