Events 2017-08-27T10:26:45+00:00


| 08/26/17 to 08/26/17


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 be held at the Convention. Forms and additional information are available on the club’s website,, or by writing CAS Collectors, 206 Grove Street, Rockton, IL 61072.

Celebrate the heritage of Ceramic Arts Studio—and take a stroll down memory lane—as ceramics collectors gather on August 26th for the 2017 CAS Collectors Convention. It’s “Ceramic Arts Studio: Past, Present, & Future”.  Get ready for the time of your life! –

Batchelder: Tilemaker

| September 21, 2016 to February 12, 2017

Batchelder: Tilemaker is the first local exhibit dedicated solely to the life and work of this extraordinary artist and educator. Ernest Batchelder. Exhibit curator, Dr. Robert Winter.

Ernest A. Batchelder was an author, designer, educator, artist, and tilemaker who settled in Pasadena in the early 20th century. Batchelder: Tilemaker celebrates the recent donation to the Museum of a collection of Batchelder tiles and archives by leading Batchelder authority, Robert Winter, PhD, who also serves as exhibition curator.
Pasadena Museum’s Batchelder YouTube Video
Full Exhibition details are available at the Pasadena Museum of History website:

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“Mettlach: Folklore and Fairy Tales”

| 10/8/16 to 7/31/17

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)
Pomona, CA

Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.

The Roman historian Strabo recorded one of the earliest versions of Cinderella in the first century B.C. The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel was based on real events during the Great Famine of 1315 A.D. In the late 1600’s French author Charles Perrault, wrote stories derived from folktales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.

The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 improved the speed of printing books. The Industrial Revolution and advancements in printing technologies increased the quantity of books and reduced the cost of producing books. These innovations enabled writers such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to collect, document, and share classic folklore and fairy tales with a much larger audience. The Mettlach: Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects.

In 1748, François Boch began manufacturing ceramic dinnerware in France. In 1809, the Boch family purchased a former Benedictine abbey in Mettlach, Germany. Mettlach is located on the Saar River near the border of France. Jean-François Boch, François Boch’s grandson, designed many of the machines used to improve production at the new facility.

In 1791, Nicholas Villeroy acquired an earthenware factory in Germany. Villeroy brought in specialists from England and France to modernize production and around 1815 they developed a printing process to create decals that could be fired onto clay (prints under glaze.)

The two families merged their ceramic companies in 1836 to create Villeroy and Boch (V&B). The Mettlach factory reached its peak about 1880 but began to decline around in the early 1900’s due to a downturn in the economy and World War I. Today, V&B continues to produce bathroom wares, tableware, and other ceramics. –

The Los Angeles Pottery Show

| 5/20/17 to 5/21/17

Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA

About The Los Angeles Pottery Show

The Los Angeles Pottery Show began when producers Ken Stalcup and Dennis Warden solidified their passion for art pottery into an annual show to promote collecting art pottery ranging from contemporary to vintage to antiques in 1999.

After the 2016 Los Angeles Pottery Show,  longtime producers Ken Stalcup and Dennis Warden made the difficult decision to retire from running LAPS, and announced that LAPS 2016 was the last show.  After hearing the sad news, current owner Kyle M. Shiroma made the big decision to revive the show and build on the solid foundation laid by Ken & Dennis, and continue their legacy into the next generation of art pottery enthusiasts.


Our vision is to promote contemporary ceramic artists, education on vintage & antique art pottery and connect artists and vendors to collectors and fans alike


Current producer Kyle M. Shiroma has over 20 years’ experience in the retail field, from high end merchandising to pharmacy services and more recently in the fine jewelry field as a diamond grader for the Gemological Institute of America and fine jewelry retailing.


Our philosophy is to advance the passion, interest and enjoyment of art pottery


“Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons”

| to 5/7/17

Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO

Founded in 1898 by Edward Richard Taylor and his son William Howson Taylor, Ruskin Pottery was named after a founding writer and critic of the Arts & Crafts movement, John Ruskin. Throughout its 35-year history, the pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and small glazed plaques called enamels, intended to be set in silver or pewter as jewelry.

Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons showcases the Ruskin Pottery style of hand-thrown and hand-turned ceramic bodies with innovative glazes. Works on view illustrate Howson Taylor's continual experimentation with new and sometimes difficult glaze techniques, resulting in four primary glazes—soufflé, luster, crystalline/matte, and high-fired flambé.

This exhibition features about 80 objects from 213 works of Ruskin Pottery given to the Denver Art Museum by Carl Patterson, the museum's conservator emeritus. This remarkable gift makes the DAM collection of Ruskin Pottery one of the largest collections in the world and presents great opportunities for research, exhibition, and publication.

Artistry and Craftsmanship is organized by Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture, design, and graphics, and Kati Woock, curatorial assistant, department of architecture, design and graphics. –