Stoneware collectors present stoneware sale, lecture Oct. 23 – 24

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Stoneware Collectors Group will hold its semiannual stoneware sale under large tents on the grounds of the Antiques Center at Camelot Village on Route 9, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 23-24. Admission is free.

The Stoneware Sale is a chance to see hundreds of pieces for sale by both collectors and dealers. A wide variety of forms, scarcity, sizes and decorations will be available. The sale is a unique opportunity to meet collectors and dealers, all of whom are eager to answer questions about stoneware.

The Stoneware Collectors Group, in collaboration with the Bennington Museum, presents lectures by noteworthy scholars in the ceramics field. Such speakers have included Dr. Arthur Goldberg and Bill Ketchum. This year’s featured lecturer is historian, curator and author John Scherer.

Scherer was curator of decorative arts at the New York State Museum in Albany from 1967 until his retirement earlier this year. He managed numerous exhibits relating to New York furniture and decorative arts, the Shakers, historical prints, musical instruments, and popular entertainment, including the circus and theatre. Scherer talk is titled “Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection at the New York State Museum.”

Scherer will discuss the Adam J. Weitsman collection of decorated stoneware that was donated to the New York State Museum during his term. The Weitsman Collection is considered one of the finest collections of decorated stoneware in America. The initial donation of approximately 125 pieces has since been augmented by many additional pieces acquired by Weitsman for the museum.

Scherer’s lecture will cover what the collection conveys about the potters and decorators who made these decorated utilitarian objects. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., following the stoneware sale at Camelot Village.

More information is available by calling Steve or Lorraine German at 860-653-5733 or online at