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WPA Press
The Newsletter Of The Wisconsin Pottery Association

Issue No. VI    October 2000

A Letter of Congratulations and Thanks! An Interview with WPA Members Barb Reed and Jim Riordan
MAPA October Lecture Announced: 
Margaret Carney to Speak 
Sleepy Eye Stoneware
Exhibit Stats Letter of Commendation
2000 Show & Sale in Pictures!
  • Men of the 2000 Exhibit and Sale
  • Pottery of the 2000 Exhibit and Sale
  • Celebrities of the 2000 Exhibit
  • Volunteers of the 2000 Exhibit and Sale
  • Dealers of the 2000 Exhibit and Sale

A Letter of Congratulations and Thanks My fellow WPA Members,
by Barb Huhn, WPA President

I would like to congratulate and thank you all very much for your role in the successful completion of our annual exhibit and sale. This incredible achievement could not have been done if it had not been for the help of so many of you.

Chris Swart, in charge of public relations for the event, once again saw to yearlong coverage in every antiques periodical that would help us, to meeting with dealers, to flyers in malls far and wide. Someone commented that they went on vacation out east and saw our flyers in malls all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. If you see Chris eyeing up your collection of Weller you need not worry—it’s just early planning for next year’s proposed exhibit. Thanks too to Nicol Knappen for the extensive article in the Antiques Trader and to Tim Zinkgraf for his coverage on the website.

Every year it seems we change our venue so that Glenn Clark, our Show Manager, can never get a year off from designing the physical layout of our show. He’s already hard at work on the plans for the 2001 exhibit and sale at the Alliant Energy Center. As Show Manager he gets to deal with some pretty interesting (eccentric?) sellers, all of whom gave him rave reviews all around again this year.

Elaine Staaland, our liaison to the Marriot Hotel, once again hammered out our contracts and believe you me, if you ever find yourself doing any hard-core negotiating you want Elaine in there pitching for you. Elaine leaves no detail to chance and made it all very easy for those of us on the Executive Committee.

Tim Holthaus, Treasurer, was again invaluable as our money man, giving selflessly of his time even while planning the concurrently running Ceramic Arts Studio Convention. With Tim as our treasurer we could be confident with our budget as thousands of dollars flowed out and yes, with room to spare, flowed back in. Special thanks too to Scott Grant who worked with Tim this year as he prepares to take over these duties in 2001.

Special thanks to Jim Riordan and his exhibit committee, including Rose Lindner, Tom Tompkins, Jim Tyne and Tim Zinkgraf. Special thanks to those who artfully displayed and engineered lighting for our exhibit, including Barbara Budig, Nicol Knappen, Tim Zinkgraf, Tom and Nancy Tompkins.

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed pottery for the exhibit. I thought it was a particularly interesting exhibit--I loved seeing other art work and photos of the artists as well.

Thank you Kari Kenefick for doing a great job organizing our army of volunteers and thank you volunteers! You’ve been so generous with your time and talents. Words can’t express enough how grateful we are for your support. On to Exhibit and Sale 2001!

MAPA October Lecture Announced: Margaret Carney to Speak
by Barb Huhn, WPA President

We recently heard from our friend, Roger Sexter, president of the Minnesota Art Pottery Association. He invites us to join them for a very special presentation at their meeting in October. Their speaker is Margaret Carney from Alfred University. Her talk is entitled "Great Moments in Ceramic History". Margaret curated the Charles Fergus Binns exhibit at Iowa State. The presentation will be Thursday, October 12th, 7:30 PM at the Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicolet Ave., So., Richfield MN. - B. Huhn

Editor’s Note: Recall from the WPA Press Volume V, July 2000, that Alfred University was where Charles Cowan studied, under chemistry professor Charles Fergus Binns. In addition, Jane Adams from Hull House had a connection to Alfred University, as did many other notables in the early 1900s pottery movement in the U.S.

Exhibit Stats
by Tom Tompkins and Nancy Spitzer, WPA

For all of you who might be interested, here’s the final figures for the exhibit:

  • 27 contributors

  • 418 pieces of pottery

  • 3 photos

  • 2 block prints

  • 2 paintings

  • Nothing broken, nothing lost!


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