American Art Pottery lovers to meet at show and sale April 23-27

PHILADELPHIA – One of the nation’s greatest two-day pottery shows and sales, featuring hundreds of pottery specialists from throughout America, will be held in conjunction with the American Art Pottery Association’s annual four-day convention, April 23-27, 2008, at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, Pa.

Ohr Pot2 AT 4-16.jpgGeorge E. Ohr (1857-1918) was an early American art potter who broke new ground in the late 1890s as he experimented with modern clay forms. Some consider him the father of the American Abstract-Expressionism movement.

A well-attended, annual convention favorite, the show and sale presents an opportunity for the public to purchase some of the finest Contemporary, American and European art pottery available in the market today. The show and sale will be held at the hotel on April 26, from noon-5 p.m., and on April 27, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; admission is $6.

Participants are hotly anticipating the April 25 auction of several hundred lots of vintage and contemporary art pottery at the Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J., at 5:30 pm.

The four-day convention also provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the art form in a series of seminars and tours scheduled throughout its duration.

The convention will also feature two tours, both open to the public. The April 23 event is a strolling tour of Philadelphia’s quintessential sites such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, along with spectacular art such as the world’s largest Tiffany Studio mural, located in the former Curtis Publishing Company building.

The April 24 bus tour focuses on the accomplishments of ceramicist, archaeologist and scholar Henry Chapman Mercer at three national historic landmark structures collectively known as the “Mercer Mile.”

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