American Art Pottery Association Show and Auction

An art pottery auction and two-day show and sale will highlight the 2010 national convention of the American Art Pottery Association, as the organization returns to its Ohio roots for this 30th annual event. All activities will be at the Holiday Inn/Cleveland South, located at the Rockside Road exit of I-77 in Independence.

The Friday, April 23 auction will begin at 5:30 P.M., with a preview starting at 3:30 P.M. This will be a live and online auction with 350 lots of art pottery. Greg Belhorn will be the auctioneer. To view an online catalog of the items, visit www.belhornauctions.com. A book signing event by authors of pottery books will be held during the preview. Admission to the preview and auction is free.

The country’s best art pottery show and sale will be held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, featuring 45 dealers from around the country offering vintage American and European art pottery, along with contemporary art pottery. There will be “booth chats” on Saturday, and a pottery identification table on Sunday. The hours are Saturday Noon – 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Cleveland Museum of Art members can receive half-off the regular $6 admission just by showing their membership card!

Other convention activities include seminars by noted speakers and guided tours. Seminars will include an in-depth look at Pewabic and luster pottery, a discussion of the unique metal-clad pottery of Charles Clewell from Canton, Ohio, an introduction to the decorative arts collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and an overview of renowned ceramists who have won the Charles Fergus Binns Medal from Alfred University.

Tours will highlight the newly installed decorative arts and ceramics galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the pottery collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cowan Pottery Museum, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America.

All activities are open to the public (fees may apply). For more information about the convention and the American Art Pottery Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of American and European art pottery, please visit www.aapa.info

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