Welcome to Wisconsin Pottery Association

The Wisconsin Pottery Association (WPA) is a group of pottery collectors who have been coming together to promote knowledge and appreciation of art pottery for over 20 years.

We hold regularly scheduled meetings that include informal presentations that explore pottery or a related collecting field. We also discuss our recent finds or mystery pieces.

These presentations are open to the public.

Is it part of our mission to work with state and local museums to help preserve the history and heritage of Wisconsin potteries through promotion of periodic exhibits as well as permanent displays of their pieces.

We are an affiliate member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. We have also established networks with individual collectors and other collector associations throughout the state and nation.

In addition to monthly meetings we host the Annual Show and Sale at the Alliant Energy Center (Madison, Wisc.)  every August.

Annual Show and Sale

The 22nd Annual Wisconsin Pottery Association Art Pottery Show is an annual show  and sale held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.  Members gather to display and sell their pieces and to answer questions.

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Buyers can expect our 50+ dealers to be selling vintage & contemporary ceramics including art pottery, dinnerware, stoneware, tile and figurines!

Styles range from Art Deco and Streamline to Arts and Crafts, Mid-Century modern, and Art Nouveau, from companies such as Fulper, Rookwood, McCoy, Roseville, Weller, Cowan, Red Wing, and many more.

Art pottery identification: The ever-popular What Is It? will again be part of the event— bring your mystery pottery item to the show (two per admission) and Wisconsin Pottery Association members will informally identify and evaluate it.

Admission is $5 per person. Parking is $7 but free if you print out this flyer.
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Monthly Meetings and Presentations

Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to get together with friendly pottery enthusiasts and collectors. We share our recent finds and discuss our interests.

At each meeting there is an interesting presentation. These are the topics for 2017.

February 14: Member’s Choice
March 14: Cast Iron Cookware , Presented by  Terry Payne
April 11: Peters and Reed, Presented by Peter Flaherty **
May 9: Red Wing Museum, Presented by  Steve & Barb Brown
June 13: Crystalline Glazes on Pottery Made Between 1900 and 1940, Presented by Steve Schoneck
July: No Meeting
August: No Meeting (Annual Show and Sale August 26th)

September 12: Pittsville Pottery, Presented by Mary Faust
October 10: Iowa Pottery , Presented by  Marie and Mark Latta
November 14: Swirl Pottery, Presented by Jim Riordan and Peter Flaherty
December 12: WPA Holiday Party / Annual Meeting/ White elephant exchange

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Become a Member

Becoming a member of the Wisconsin Pottery Association is a great way to connect with other collectors and enthusiasts of art pottery in the Midwest and across the country.

As a member you will have access to our library of resources, receive news of special exhibits and events, be invited to all our monthly meetings and presentations.

Membership costs $20 per member annually or $30 for a dual membership.

To join, download and mail in our membership form, or simply attend our next meeting and join when you arrive.

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News and Resources

Press Release for Wisconsin Pottery Association Annual Show and Sale 2017

You may also download this press release content as a PDF. The Wisconsin Pottery Association (WPA) will hold its 22nd annual Art Pottery Show and Sale on Saturday August 26th, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This interesting and exciting event will be held at the Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin. All …