Mission Statement/Code of Ethics

Mission Statement/Code of Ethics 2017-07-31T09:29:48+00:00

AAPA Members listen to tour guide during 2008 Convention in Philadelphia.


About Us...

Since its establishment in 1983, the American Art Pottery Association has continued to bring people together to share their knowledge and interest in art pottery. Operating as a not for profit 501(c)6 business league, the AAPA and its membership enjoys various activities each year such as: annual convention; annual show, sale, and auction of Art Pottery; and the bi-monthly publication of the Journal of American Art Pottery Association (JAAPA).


  • To promote an interest, understanding, appreciation, and recognition of American Art Pottery.
  • To unify and strengthen the voice of collectors and dealers of American Art Pottery.
  • To foster a members' Code of Ethics for buying, selling, exhibiting and publishing about American Art Pottery.


This Code of Ethics is subscribed to by all members of the American Art Pottery Association. Buy with confidence.

  • Contracts for pottery sales are binding, whether written, electronic, or verbal. When a buyer and seller agree to a transaction and a price, that agreement will be considered binding and cannot be changed except through mutual agreement.
  • Sellers must clearly price all pottery for sale.
  • Sellers must provide buyers with their name and/or business name, address, telephone number, and email address if appropriate. This information must be provided on a receipt, which must be given for all sales. The receipt should accurately describe the item(s) being sold and the condition of the item(s).
  • Sellers must state their return policy clearly before a sale is finalized. They must give any buyer who purchases pottery in person the privilege of return of any piece if the pottery is not as described. When a piece of pottery is bought, sight unseen, the buyer must be allowed to return the piece for any reason, provided it is in the same condition as it was when sent to the buyer, and