Ceramic Arts Studio convention Aug. 28

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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen L. Knapstein is Print Editor for Antique Trader. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye.

My first exposure to items made by Madison, Wis., Ceramic Arts Studio took place at an auction just last year. I was surprised when two bidders both held their numbers high, unwavering, in an effort to claim a pair of ceramic cat figures. The figures soared to $240, leaving a room full of turning heads, gasps and whispers.

ceramic_arts_duo.jpgIt’s no secret to Ceramic Arts Studios collectors why the items are valuable. During the 1940s and ’50s, Ceramic Arts Studio celebrated the very best
America had to offer. Heartwarming figurines from “the little Studio
that could” brightened homes from coast to coast, during the darkest
days of World War II, and the energetic, optimistic years that followed. A truly captivating history on the firm and its origins can be found over at Centennial Antiques.

For the 16th year in a row, collectors are coming together Aug. 28 in Madison for the 2010 “All-American CAS Celebration.” CAS Collectors is a group open to all those with an interest in the work.  “An All-American CAS Celebration” honors the ingenuity and creativity that established CAS as an American icon, with a fun-filled get-together typical of the times.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28th, convention attendees will visit the
Wisconsin Pottery Association Show & Sale at the Alliant Energy Center. Later, all will gather at Madison’s Howard Johnson Plaza for the convention festivities, with activities and décor centered around a “county fair” theme.

Getting the evening underway will be a social hour, and the popular “CAS On
Display Contest;” all in attendance are invited to submit entries. Abuffet dinner and membership meeting will be followed by the club’s annual auction, featuring professional auctioneer Shirley Baumann. Events will conclude with door prizes, and presentation of the 2010 CAS Collectors Commemorative.

Convention registration is $60 per person and includes all evening activities, plus the commemorative. Forms and additional information are available on the club’s website, www.cascollectors.com, or by writing CAS Collectors, 206 Grove Street, Rockton, IL 61072.

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