2011 American Art Pottery Association Convention returns to Philadelphia

The American Art Pottery Association’s 31st annual convention will be held in Philadelphia on April 28 ñ May 1, 2011. Activities will include a two-day pottery show and sale, art pottery auction, seminars, and tour. The convention will be headquartered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, located near I-95 and Route 1.

The country’s greatest two-day pottery show and sale, featuring 45 pottery dealers from throughout America, will be held at the headquarters hotel on April 30 and May.

The sale will feature American and European art pottery, along with contemporary pottery. The event opens to convention registered members for a private viewing and sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. – noon. The show and sale will be open to the general public from Noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6.00 per person for non-convention registered members and the general public. Activities scheduled as part of the show include hourly prizes and “Booth Chats,” plus a pottery ID table on Sunday.

The live and on-line auction, featuring more than 350 pieces of vintage and contemporary art pottery, will be held Friday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the headquarters hotel. The auction will be conducted by Peter Gehres. The auction preview and author book signing event will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The first seminar will feature author Ken Forster, focusing on American pottery made between 1870 and 1955 that was considered “non-commercial,” such as wares made or decorated by people in recreation, education, government, therapeutic, philanthropic, or social rehabilitation programs, as well as at Native American pueblos and Arts & Crafts communities. The presentation will feature items from the authorís own collection.

For the second seminar, Riley Humler, Rookwood pottery expert, Auctions at Rookwood LLC auction manager, former gallery director at Cincinnati Art Galleries, and Antiques Roadshow appraiser, will discuss one of his favorite topics, Rookwood Pottery created during the 1920ís. The seminar will include a discussion of glaze lines, artists, and changing styles during that decade.

The convention will also include an afternoon tour on Thursday, April 28th to the Trenton City Museum, located in the magnificent 1848 Ellarslie Mansion. The private, guided tour will cover the museumís extensive collection of ceramic and porcelain wares, plus two special exhibits.

Very affordable convention attendance packages and day rates are available. All events are open to the public. For more information, visit contact Arnie Small, President of the American Art Pottery Association at 609-407-9997

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