BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Stoneware Collectors Group will hold its semi-annual stoneware sale under large tents on the grounds of the Antiques Center at Camelot Village on Route 9, Friday, April 24-25. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is free.
The stoneware sale is an opportunity to see hundreds of pieces being offered for sale by both collectors and dealers. A wide variety of forms, sizes and decorations will be on display for sale, including some very rare pieces.
The group, which today has around 100 members, began loosely in the late 1980s to early 1990s when there was a big yearly stoneware auction in Bennington. While the auction is no more, the stoneware collectors enjoyed the event so much, they formed a formal group and have continued to meet spring and fall in Vermont for about the last 17 years.
A few years ago in conjunction with the event, the group collaborated with the Bennington Museum and has presented several lectures by many noteworthy scholars in the ceramics field. This spring’s lecture will be given by noted author, collector, researcher, and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., city historian George Lukacs. His talk is entitled Potters, Plagues, and Preservation; The early cultural, economic, and mercantile distribution of utilitarian stoneware in the Hudson River Valley; 1795-1835. Lukacs has been collecting, researching and writing about Hudson Valley stoneware for more than 25 years.
For more information, call 860-653-5733 or visit www.madriverantiques.com/Bennington.htm.