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 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 24th, 2024
9:00 AM – 3:00 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 2024.

March:  Pyrex by Gary Hartlage
April 9:  Howard Pierce Figures by Jeff Tagliapietra. PLEASE note: time is changed to 3:30 pm

May 14:  TBD by Peter Flarety 5:30 pm

Peter Flarety will be speaking about University of North Dakota School of Mines (UND). He requests anyone attending bring any examples you may have to share with the group.

June 11:  Tour and meeting at the Dean House 2:30 pm
No meetings June, July, August or September.
August 24:  Pottery Show Alliant Center
October 8:  TBD by Mark and Marie Latta
December 10:  TBD

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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.

If you have questions about membership, send them to: membership@wisconsinpottery.org


News and Resources

Roseville Pottery Values

Factors that determine the monetary value of Roseville pottery DEMAND by collectors is the most important factor for determining the value of Roseville. The more people who want an item, the greater the demand (and cost). Demand for Roseville varies by line, color and form, and often changes as styles and tastes change.