It’s a sad day in the pottery world: NMXpress, the McCoy pottery lovers’ newsletter, is ending after 13 years of publication. The last issue has been mailed.
The monthly newsletter, written and published by husband-and-wife team Carol Seman and Dan Eggert, has reached the end of its run. “All good things must come to an end,” said Carol, who researched and wrote the articles in NMXpress. Dan was responsible for the photography.
The popular newsletter, subtitled “For, By, And About McCoy Lovers Everywhere,” went out with a bang. The typical issue was 12 black and white pages, with occasional color. The final issue was 28 pages, all in color. The cover story, “Our Swan Song,” prepared the readers for what was to come. Inside was an issue drenched in what the readers would need in double-dose–McCoy–for the last time.
“In the 16 years that my wife, Barbara, and I have been collecting pottery we have met some wonderful, passionate pottery collectors that we feel honored to call our friends,” said Arnie Small, President of the American Art Pottery Association and Trustee of Pottery Lovers. “Carol Seman and Dan Eggert are two of those people. Their love of McCoy and their hard work on NMXpress have done so much for pottery collecting. We’ll miss their newsletter.”
“This is a real loss to the McCoy community,” agreed Nelson McCoy, president of McCoy Pottery from to 1954 to 1981. Speaking from his home in Zanesville, Ohio, McCoy added: “For the last 13 years Carol and Dan have played a vital part in promoting the cause of collecting McCoy. They always did a great job of finding out about interesting pieces of pottery, and their words flowed in such a wonderful fashion. I’m very sorry to see the newsletter end.”
When asked why they decided to stop publication, Carol said, “Lots of reasons. The subscription list has shrunk. Fewer subscribers contribute stories these days. The Internet and eBay have diminished the collector’s need for a hard copy newsletter. And the economy has caused people to reduce unnecessary spending. Our lives have changed too. We’ve moved into a new home at the lake. It’s time for us to work less and fish more.”
Carol and Dan are retaining the McCoy Lovers website and plan to use it as a means of keeping in touch with fellow collectors. Visit www.McCoyLovers.com in a month and see its new face. “We’re not sure just what the site will look like, but it is certain it will bring McCoy collectors together on-line,” said Dan.
You can reach Carol and Dan at McCJS @ aol.com or 419-798-3267. They would love to continue hearing from fellow McCoy collectors.
Good luck and best wishes to Carol and Dan.
-posted by Eric Bradley