TIMONIUM, Md. — The 19th Annual Convention of the White Ironstone China Association (WICA) is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Md., on May 3-5, 2013.
Friday features tours of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a bus tour of historical sites of Baltimore, a visit to the famous National aquarium and a delightful seafood lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Harbor. Frank Davenport, a historian, author and collector of Davenport ceramics, will talk of the Confederate raider, “CSS Alabama.” His slide show will entertain with ironstone items from the wreck of the “Alabama” found years ago off the French coast.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the awarding of a patent for making ironstone (the
patent was awarded in 1813 to Mr. Charles James Mason), WICA has invited Ms. Miranda Goodby, curator of ceramics at England’s famous museum — the Potteries Museum at Stoke on Trent — to speak on the Mason family and factory. Goodby will educate the group further in her speech on “Beer Shops and Bread Riots,” a sociological study of life in pottery towns and what created poverty and deprivation. A large exhibit of Mason’s as well as Morley’s and Ashworth’s ironstone will further illustrate the fame of Mason’s ironstone; Francis Morley and Taylor Ashworth were successors to Mason and used Mason ceramic molds. The Saturday evening ironstone auction will be called by Ellen Miller & David Cordier from the Cordier Auction Company of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
One wants, of course, to take ironstone home: There will be several chances to purchase a prized piece from the Tops & Bottoms sale, the Flea Market and the huge Sunday sale. There will be chances to bid at a silent auction and buy raffle tickets on yet another grouping of ironstone.
To attend the convention, you must be a member; Join the WICA by sending $40 (for a two-person household) with name, address and telephone number, along with a check made out to “White Ironstone China Association” to Suzanne Nielsen, P.O. Box 6052, Chesterfield, MO 63006-6052, or visit www.whiteironstonechina.com and click on the membership tab to print out a form to send it to Nielsen.