Stoneware sale and lecture to be held April 23-24

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Stoneware Collectors Group will hold its semi-annual stoneware sale under a large tent on the grounds of the Antiques Center at Camelot Village on Route 9, on April 23-24. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and admission is free.

The stoneware sale is a chance to see hundreds of pieces being offered for sale by both collectors and dealers. A wide variety of forms, sizes and decorations will be available, including some very rare pieces. The sale is an excellent opportunity to talk to collectors and dealers, all of whom are eager to answer questions about these wonderful objects.

A few years ago, in collaboration with the Bennington Museum, the group began to present lectures by many noteworthy scholars in the ceramics field, including Dr. Arthur Goldberg and Bill Ketchum. Last fall, a lecture was conducted by John Scherer, the former Curator of Decorative Arts at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y., and currently Historian Emeritus at the Museum.

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His talk was entitled “Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection at the New York State Museum,” which is considered one of the finest and most important collections of decorated stoneware in America. This fall’s lecture will be given by Richard Prowse and is entitled: “Norwalk, a Study of its Potters and Potteries.” He will discuss the important potteries that existed in Norwalk, Ct in the early 19th century, focusing on both stoneware and redware production at these potteries. The lecture will take place on April 23 at 4 pm at the Bennington Museum, following the stoneware sale at Camelot Village.

Richard Prowse has been collecting pottery for about 35 years, and has concentrated on the Norwalk potteries for the past 20 years. He is one of the experts in this interesting area of stoneware and redware production. This is a special opportunity for both new collectors and people who are passionate about stoneware and redware to learn more about the potters of this early American period from Connecticut.

For additional information, contact Steve or Lorraine German at Mad River Antiques, LLC at 860-653-5733 or online at

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