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WPA Press
The Newsletter Of The Wisconsin Pottery Association

Issue No. XVIII    Fall 2003

From the President  Show and Sale 2003 Recap
WPA 2003 Calendar Featuring WPA Member Nicol Knappen
Pauline Log Cabin Update Trip Report: Iowa Art Pottery...
In Pursuit of Pots Haviland Pottery

From the President...

My sincere thanks to everyone who made our annual show, sale and exhibit another great success. This was a year when we had great concerns about whether it would be possible to draw the dealers, the crowd and the money to make a go of it. With the economy down and sales slumping in malls and on ebay, we were afraid we might lose money because of the up-front expenses of the Alliant Center and necessary advertising. But it all turned out great.

Elaine and the Alliant Center staff provided a smooth running show with no hitches. Jim and Ellen were able to coax as many dealers as last year to come. Jim R. and Rose did a great job of advertising both locally and nationally with a reduced budget. The crowds came in almost the same numbers as last year and they came to buy so most of the dealers had good shows. Financially we made about the same as other years, much to the relief of the Executive Committee who did not want to tell you we lost money on our watch.

And, thanks to the wonderful contributions of pottery from quite a number of people, the “Ohio Spectrum” exhibit was wonderful and educational. The educational aspect will continue for years to come, thanks to Tim Z. and our marvelous website. Which means we will be receiving numerous email questions for years to come about all these potteries and not just Red Wing, Roseville, Weller, CAS and Haeger.

Thank you to all of you who worked so hard, donated pottery and volunteered time to make our show, sale and exhibit one of the best, if not the best, in the Midwest.

David Knutzen, WPA President, 2003

2003 WPA Calendar
November 11 - Art of the Figurine by Tim Holthaus, Rose Lindner, Elaine Staaland
December 2 - WPA Holiday Party (note that this is the first Tuesday in December)

Pauline Log Cabin Update & Announcing a New Edgerton Pottery Book
A regular feature of this newsletter is this quarterly update on renovations to the log cabin associated with the Pauline Jacobus pottery. Ori-anne Pagel provided the following information:
We are doing all the many little things that need doing. While the sealer is on the roof and most of the outside of the building, we need funds to buy more and finish the outside and then do the walls inside. The floor is in place but not nailed down yet; the window trim outside has been primed but we still need to do the door outside and the door & windows inside.

The cabin is open during all Edgerton festival events or by appointment. As soon as the floor is done the display case will go in and we will have displays. For now there are just a few things on the walls that will come down to complete the work yet to be done.

Speaking of Edgerton festivals, on Sept. 27 & 28, Applefest, the cabin will be open, 9am–4pm. We will show a video of the Sesquicentennial Ball to be held at the Edgerton Community Center on Oct.18, at 6pm. Among the walking historians there will be “Pauline Jacobus”. For tickets contact an ACE member.

The cabin will also be open Nov. 15 & 16 for the book signing of “Pauline Pottery, a pictorial supplement to ‘Edgerton's History in Clay’". Elizabeth Diedrick shares a few words about this new book “Pauline Pottery”: Collectors of art pottery, especially those interested in Wisconsin art pottery, will want (and need) a copy of “Pauline Pottery, a pictorial supplement to ‘Edgerton’s History In Clay’”. This new book includes information on other Edgerton potteries—American Art Clay Works, Edgerton Pottery Company, Edgerton Art Clay Works and Norse Pottery. The book was produced to continue the extensive history researched and written by retired Rock County Historical Society Archivist Maurice J. Montgomery.

Author and collector Ori-anne Pagel has sought out collectors both private and public, gathering descriptions that include dimensions, colors, mold numbers, artists’ signatures, etc. To these descriptions she has added glorious color photographs. If you study this book carefully you should never again have trouble identifying the pottery of Edgerton. The book will be available the first week of October, 2003.

Ori-anne will make the book available at WPA’s next meeting, or you can request a copy by mail by sending $35.00 + $3.00 shipping and handling to:
Arts Council of Edgerton
104 W. Fulton St.
Edgerton, WI 53534

Make checks payable to the Arts Council of Edgerton.

 -- K. Kenefick, Ed.

- Ori-Anne and Paul Pagel, WPA Members, and representatives of the Arts Council of Edgerton and Pauline Log Cabin Restoration Project, Edgerton, WI.

Trip Report: A Visit to the Iowa Art Pottery Association
By Jim Tyne
Although it’s waited too long to get into the WPA Press, Jim and Ellen Tyne’s visit in January to the IAPA provides a great introduction to other WPA members, of this fine Iowa Art Pottery collectors group.

On Sunday morning, January 12, Ellen and I met Christine and Jamie Boone at a local truck stop, hopped in their van and headed west on I-88. Our destination was a meeting of the Iowa Art Pottery Association (IAPA) in Wilton, Iowa.

This was our second visit to an Iowa club meeting. Ellen and I first attended in March of 2002, curious to see how other pottery clubs functioned and intrigued by the presentation on Louis H. Sullivan. Both the presentation and meeting were fun. We would be attending regularly, if only we had more Sundays free.

We arrived early enough to take a quick tour of the home of Mark and Marie Latta. There we encountered Dave and Betty Knutzen and Rose Lindner, all of whom I had seen the previous morning at a show in Illinois. The Latta collection is outstanding, including a “few” Weller Hudsons. It would have been nice to linger and enjoy their fabulous pots, but it was time to head downtown to the meeting.

Mark and Marie, along with Bob and Lynn Herington and thirteen other pottery collectors, are charter members and founders of the IAPA. The club was formed in August of 1999, and now has nearly 90 members. They meet on the second Sunday of every other month. Memberships are $10 per year, $15 for two persons, and include four issues of their newsletter.

Meetings begin at 1 pm in the Wilton Community Center. It was a good turnout, with approximately 25 members in attendance. People mingled, set out food, and plugged in crock-pots, since each meeting concludes with a potluck. The swap table was the center of much activity. Members put out pieces for sale, with the restriction that 5% of any sale is donated to the club treasury. I spied certain WPA folks taking home a vase or two.

The business meeting was first on the agenda. There was discussion on fund raising activities, including the selling of IAPA shirts and IAPA commemoratives. Each year a different pottery is chosen to produce a club commemorative. The first batch of mini vases for 2003, made by Van Briggle was found to be unsatisfactory. The IAPA did agree to host a pottery identification table at the APEC Pottery Show in October.

Next was a presentation on McCarty Pottery of Merigold, Mississippi. This studio pottery has been in business since 1954, selling its homespun pottery items in a rustic backwoods setting. Speaker Carolyn Gablemann showed several pieces. Show & tell and mystery pots were then passed around, leading to much discussion. At last the potluck began. Food and desserts were top notch. From that point things began to wind down, we said thanks and farewell and hit the road.

It was a good day, meeting new people, talking about pottery and pottery collecting, and handling some great items. Filling up on great food was fun too. If you ever get the chance, drop in on an IAPA meeting, you will be made to feel welcome, and you will certainly appreciate their enthusiasm.

Thanks so much to Jim for sharing this story of travel to another pottery collectors group to attend one of their monthly meetings. - K. Kenefick, Ed.

By Betty and Dave Knutzen
Our summer, as is the rest of the year, has been following the trail of the pots. We started our summer with a trip thru the West to visit relatives in Grand Junction, CO., Beverly Hills, CA and Portland, OR. As you can imagine, there are quite a few antique malls along this loop. Although many of the malls are quite picked over and lacked good pottery, we did manage to find enough stuff to fill our little car and pay for our trip.

In Orange, CA. we found a very nice UND vase that we just couldn't leave behind. Orange is a great place to shop with antique shops all around the town square.  We had nice visits with family members and managed to also see the beauty of Yosemite, Glacier and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks.

On the way back thru North Dakota we did the North Dakota Pottery Assn. show in Minot where we saw old friends and picked up another UND vase. July brought both the Pottery Lover's Reunion in Zanesville, OH. and the Red Wing convention in Red Wing. The trip to Zanesville is always fun and allows us to see pottery people from all over including a number of WPA members who go there to sell and enjoy looking at all the wonderful pottery. We were lucky and found a rare Haeger nude lady flower frog and some other things for resale.

We came back from Zanesville, picked up our Red Wing pottery and Rose and took off for Red Wing. As usual, the crowds there were large and enthusiastic. Betty and Rose celebrated their good shows by buying themselves each a signed Weller Hudson. Isn't that what it is all about. Sell so you can buy more.

In between there were numerous flea markets from Oronoco to Grays Lake to St. Paul to Sandwich. This often means arising at 3 in order to be there in time for early buying. At Sandwich it means sleeping in the car so there is more time to buy. We love these summers and the pursuit of the pots.

- The WPA Press is the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin Pottery Association. It prints approximately January, April, July and October of each year. Your contributions are welcomed. Tell us about a museum or antique shop you visited, trips you’ve taken, or a good pottery book you’ve read. Send your contributions to:

Kari Kenefick

Wisconsin Pottery Association
P.O. Box 705
Madison WI 53701-0705


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