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 23rd 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 25th, 2018
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 free.
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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 2018.

February 13: Member’s Choice
March 13: Newcomb College, Presented by Chris Bennett
April 10: Studio Mitch, Presented by Mitch Sigmund Fine Pottery
May 8: Antique Toys, Presented by Ed and Bonnie Wilson
June 12: Native American influence on Pottery companies, Presented by Steve Schoneck
July: No Meeting
August: No Meeting (Annual Show and Sale August 25th)

September 11: Member’s Choice
October 9: Daga Pottery, Presented by Roger Sexter
November 13: TBD
December 11: 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 $5 per member annually.

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

Kari Kenefick

Kari Kenefick has been a member of the Wisconsin Pottery Association since the Show and Sale of 1997, when she was coerced by her cousin Barb Reed to help watch the exhibit and then to join the club! The coercion continued and Kari was the founder & editor for almost five years of the WPA …

Betty Knutzen

Betty was the second President of the Wisconsin Pottery Association & is a charter member.   Presentations: Clewell Pottery  – February 8, 2000 Fulper Pottery  – May 11, 1999 Rookwood Pottery Articles: WPA Featured Members:  Betty & Dave Knutzen

Anna Pottery & Stoneware

1859-1896 Union County, Illinois The following is an article reprinted from the “Stoneware & Pottery Enthusiasts Guild of America” website by their kind permission.  History of the Anna Pottery by Greg Mathis from the Stoneware & Pottery Enthusiast Guild of America Cornwall Kirkpatrick with brother Wallace, and father Andrew Sr., relocated to Anna from Mound City in the …