THE AMERICAN ART POTTERY ASSOCIATIONíS CONVENTION RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA Itís a total art pottery experience Ė one you wonít want to miss -- when the American Art Pottery Association returns to the Philadelphia area April 22-26, 2009 for its annual convention at the Sherat
News-Antique.com - Apr 14,2009 - Building on the success of last yearís event, held for the first time in greater Philadelphia, the AAPA will once again present five days of activities open to the public, that give insiders a look into what is fast becoming one of the most fascinating and potentially valuable collecting/investing fields today.
Here is a pottery event unlike any other -- one that combines great buying with a chance to learn more about this beautiful art form. The convention kicks off with a much-anticipated art pottery auction, followed by the countryís greatest two-day pottery show and sale, featuring dozens of pottery dealers from throughout America. Attending these two events is the best way to start building a collection of American and European art pottery of your own as well as getting in, at the outset, on the rising talents whose work is just now being recognized in the market.
This yearís auction will be held on Friday, April 24th at 5:00 pm at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast and will be conducted by well-known auctioneer Greg Belhorn of Belhorn Auction Services, LLC. The auction, featuring several hundred lots of vintage and contemporary pottery, starts with a preview, reception and a special book signing at 3:30 pm of Beauty in Common Things: American Arts & Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation, co-authored by convention keynote speaker Dr. Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Rutgers University and Jonathan Clancy, Ph.D., lecturer in American Fine & Decorative Art at Sotheby Institute of Art.
The two-day show & sale, which will take place at the Sheraton Langhorne Hotel on April 25th & 26th, brings together over fifty of the countryís finest and most knowledgeable pottery dealers in a setting that features booth after booth of some of the most sought-after vintage and contemporary pottery today. This yearís show & sale presents a first look at one of the most important collections of American Arts & Crafts pottery in the country -- the Two Red Roses Foundation collection. The show & sale also features Booth Chats on both days -- a great way to learn more about collecting and investing in art pottery, as well as hourly prizes, and a pottery table on Sunday where you just might spot a piece similar to that family heirloom or piece of pottery you purchased years ago and thus learn its real value.
Increasingly popular with the public are the conventionís special seminars and tours. A focus of this yearís convention is Arts & Crafts period pottery with both a seminar and keynote presentation addressing the popularity and growth of this category. Jonathan Clancy, Ph.D. will give an overview of the Two Red Roses Foundationís collection in a special seminar, while author Dr. Eidelbergís keynote presentation at the annual banquet on April 22nd is Arts & Crafts Pottery: Whatís In A Name.
In yet another seminar tile expert, Suzanne Perrault author and Antiques Roadshow appraiser will speak on the tile creations of William Grueby; while