Bungalow Heaven – The House Tour, A Fundraiser for Gill Remains, and Art Pottery Fun in Syracuse

by Kate Nixon


Next week seems to be an incredibly busy week for Arts & Crafts collectors and enthusiasts, kicked off by Treadway’s Decorative Arts auction this upcoming Sunday, April 23rd and continuing with next week’s American Art Pottery Association’s own annual AAPA Convention and Shows with this year’s location in Syracuse, New York – a historical hub for the movement and significant in the life of Gustav Stickley, the father of Arts & Crafts furniture! However, if you aren’t able to attend the convention or shows in New York, know that there are a couple of options on the Pacific Coast in California including the return of the in-person home tour in Pasadena’s own Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood and a fundraiser for a good resting place for a historic architect. Read more about how you can enjoy next week on the West Coast, but first…


The American Art Pottery Association Show and Sale

Preview night for AAPA members: Friday, April 28th

Open to the general public Saturday, April 29th

The Marriott Syracuse Downtown (Click here for Google Maps)

9 AM – 5 PM



The AAPA shows will take place at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and a special preview night happening Friday, April 28th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The American Art Pottery Association Convention will begin Wednesday, April 26th at the Everson museum and the convention will continue thru to Saturday, April 28th at the host hotel Marriott Downtown, Syracuse, NY. Here are the list of speakers and presenters during the convention:

  • Welcoming Remarks by Garth Johnson, Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics of the Everson Museum
  • “New Research on Fulper Pottery” by Jon Kornacki
  • A Demonstration and Lecture from Syracuse pottery David R. MacDonald
  • “Marie De Hoa Le Blanc: Newcomb’s Provocative Creole” by Dr. Tom Brady-Folk
  • California Dreaming: The Boys, the Tiles, the Joy of Cathedral Oaks” by Richard Mohr
  • “Rookwood and Roseville Pottery Back In Business?” a discussion group hosted by Linda Carrigan and Riley Humler
  • Demonstration and discussion with Stephanie Young of Calmwater Designs

The AAPA is still looking for more pottery donations for the AAPA benefit auction – a major fund raiser for AAPA. Contact Riley Humler at [email protected] or call him at 513-432-5769.


Lost & Found Fundraiser and Cocktail Party

Raising funds to find a respectful resting  place for Irving J. Gill’s remains

April 26, 2023

Gill’s Cossitt Cottage
Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Click here to purchase tickets


Irving J. Gill. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Upon his untimely death in 1936, it was assumed by many that Mr. Gill had been cremated, but no one knew what became of his remains; until now. According to the Irving J Gill Foundation, it was recently learned that Mr. Gill’s ashes have been sitting in a tin box, on a shelf, in a closet at the Cypress View mortuary in San Diego. The mortuary paperwork states that they are to be held until “family comes to pick them up.” In the 87 years since his death, his family never came. It is the plan of the Irving J. Gill Foundation (IJGF) to secure a burial plot and a headstone in Mt Hope Cemetery. At Mt. Hope, he can enjoy the San Diego sunshine that inspired his work and the proximity of his many friends, associates, and clients.

The IJGF Foundation is holding a cocktail party, self guided tours and a special talk on the Lost and Found gill buildings at Gill’s Cossitt Cottage on April 26th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Included in the night’s events are:

1) An update on the IJGF progress.

2) Cocktails and appetizers with fellow stewards and admirers of Gill and his work.

3) Self-guided tours of one of Gill’s 1910 Cossitt Cottage, a cubic masterpiece.

4) A special talk on nine Lost & Found Gill buildings by architects Heather Crane and John Sheehan. (Begins at 6:30 PM)

Parking is limited; Uber or Lyft is highly recommended.

Click here to purchase tickets for $75.00 a piece.

For those who cannot attend, the IJGF has set up a donation page for those who would like to make a credit card payment towards the cause via PayPal. Supporters can also contact the IJGF to make a donation. If interested, please make a donation here.



Bungalow Heaven Home Tour

Home Tour 2023: History in Bloom

Sunday, April 30th in Pasadena, CA’s own Bungalow Heaven historic neighborhood

10:00am to 4:00pm

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Since 1990, the Bungalow Heaven Home Tour has given participants an inside look into beautifully maintained and restored homes within the Bungalow Heaven Historic District, Pasadena’s original Historic Landmark District. After three long years, the in-person tour continues with the opportunity to see the interiors of seven traditional homes while nearby McDonald Park will be hopping with music, lemonade, cookies and a silent auction featuring unique items. Plus, local food trucks will be on hand to provide lunch.

On Sunday, April 30th, the home tour kicks off and last through the day from 10:00am to 4:00pm, starting at 1000 E. Mountain St. Pasadena, CA 91104. Tickets are $25.00 and should be presented upon check in.

The self-guided walking tour will have volunteer docents in each house to explain the history and architectural highlights of each home in the cozy neighborhood that truly exemplifies the Arts and Crafts movement. Along the route, participants can speak to restoration experts about how to maintain a historic home and view demonstrations of restoration work. A number of artists will also be on hand near these beautiful homes in a unique art show featuring some of California’s best artists.

This year’s theme, History in Bloom, highlights the locally gathered flowers arranged throughout the tour homes.

To buy a $25.00 ticket for yourself, click here to purchase through EventBrite.