White Ironstone China Convention 2011: Presentation shows how white ironstone forms adopted by other styles

YORK, Pa. – The White Ironstone China Association held their 17th National Convention in York, Pa., April 28-May 1, 2011. On Thursday and Friday there were tours arranged for members to visit parts of Historic York Pa.

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April 28 started off with the first timers meeting. All new attendees were paired up with members that have been to a previous convention to guide them through the scheduled events for the weekend. The show and tell program hosted by Patty Hurt and Rick Nielsen, is always a favorite. New and unknown items come to light each year. To top off the evening members went to the Tops & Bottom Sale, looking to find a missing lid or bottom to complete their pieces.

The annual meeting, with 119 members from 27 states, Canada, Washington, D.C., and England in attendance, was April 30. Member Jane Diemer did a Power Point presentation on the images from the National Archives in England. These were images from researcher Rosalie Spire, who Diemer had found in England. A display of 32 pieces of ironstone with corresponding photographs of the registration drawings were set up for viewing after the presentation. (see more here.)

Bob Hohl then gave his talk and Power Point on “Ironstone Crossovers,” with a display of some of the body styles that started out in white ironstone and then were decorated in Tea Leaf, Flow Blue, or Transfer. To close the afternoon, a member from England, Sue Mussell, gave a talk on James Edwards; Mussell is a James Edwards descendant. Edwards was a potter of ironstone from 1842 to 1882. Mussell told of the life of the man and his family, as well as his accomplishments.

The day ended with a social hour before the banquet, which was followed by an auction, called by Dennis Jackson. There were 200 pieces of Ironstone up for auction this year.   

Early member/dealers set up for the last event of the convention, Sunday Sales. There were 14 dealers waiting for members when the doors opened at 9 a.m. May 1. At the 10:30 closing, all the new purchases were packed away for the trip home and good-byes were said by all until next year’s national in Cleveland, Ohio.

Some members may attend a regional meeting during the coming months. These meetings are mini conventions to get together, renew friendships and enjoy educational programs. The regional meetings are not limited to a certain area, any association member may attend a meeting whether it is in their region or not; this gives members who cannot attend the National meeting a chance to be involved. There are nine regions that include the entire United Sates, Canada and (after this year) England.

For those interested in learning more about white ironstone, please visit the WICA website and check out the WICA Shoppe for resource books, DVDs or to join the association.

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