New Research, Demonstrations, Shows To Be Presented in Syracuse at AAPA Convention

by Kate Nixon

Editor’s note: the following article has been edited to correct the show hours for the sale on Friday night from 7-8:30pm and Saturday from 9am – 5pm. Additionally, I have included news about Richard Mohr’s seminar on Friday, April 28th on his new book on Frank Ingerson and George Dennison, “California Dreaming: The Boys, the Tiles, the Joy of Cathedral Oaks. Our apologies for the corrections. Garth Johnson’s correct title is the Paul Philips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art.


It’s time to make plans for the AAPA Convention, Show & Sale; the convention is scheduled for April 26th to April 30th in the city of Syracuse, NY and hosted by the Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel. In an event-filled weekend that includes tours, meet and greets, seminars, and appraisals, the focal point of the weekend will continue to be the Pottery Show & Sale, where pottery dealers from across the country will convene to sell vintage and contemporary pottery to the collectors who love them.



Wednesday, April 26th

Much like last year’s event, the convention weekend is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, April 26th with a welcome reception at the Everson Museum of Art, two lectures, a demonstration and a social evening event at the Marriott Downtown bar. Fulper Pottery expert Jon Kornacki will present new research on Fulper Pottery and Syracuse potter David MacDonald will not only demonstrate the pitfalls and victories of throwing a pot, but to present on his long career full of life lesssons.

The welcoming remarks will be given by Garth Johnson, Paul Philips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics. Entitled “From Robineau to Rosenfield: How the Everson Museum of Art gave birth to the American Studio Ceramics Movement,” Johnson will present and lead the group through the Everson collection, sharing plenty of new research about Robineau and discuss the importance of the Ceramics National.


Thursday, April 27th

Thursday’s landmarks tours will start at 9:00am with Syracuse’s Art Deco Power building and continue to a touring point of three options: a) Dalton’s American Decorative Arts for examples of Arts & Crafts furniture, ceramics, lighting, and textiles, b) the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse while the interior is under renovation or c) Bruce Block’s house (owner of Antiques Underground) for his personal collection of Cabat feelies, Scheler pottery, and other collectibles. Everyone will then meet for lunch and then travel to Fayetteville, NY for a tour of The Stickley Museum located in the former L. & J.G. Stickley factory. Afterwards, the bus will return visitors to the Marriot  Syracuse Downtown.

“Conversations After Dark” – a social event at the Marriott Downtown bar – will follow after dinner.


Friday, April 28th

(Left) NEWCOMB COLLEGE Exceptional and early vase carved by Marie Marie de Hoa LeBlanc. Sold at Rago Arts and Auction Center March 8th, 2008.

Friday, April 28th will offer a lecture by Dr. Tom Brady-Folk titled Marie De Hoa le Blanc: Newcomb’s Provacative Creole. After the lecture, Linda Carrigan and Riley Humler will moderate a discussion on the copyright issue for Rookwood and Rosewood Pottery and at 2:00pm, Stephanie Young of Calmwater Designs will conduct a demonstration of her work while discussing making pottery.

Additionally at the Everson Museum, Richard Mohr, Ph.D, Professor  Emeritus, University of Illinois, will discuss his newest publication, ”California Dreaming: The Boys, the Tiles, the Joy of Cathedral Oaks” recently published by RIT Press. In 1911, as a honeymoon project to launch their 55-year relationship of love and life together, Frank Ingerson and George Dennison, known as the Boys, founded a summers-only Arts & Crafts school in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains above what is now known as Silicon Valley. In 1912, their Cathedral Oaks School of Art produced some of the most beautiful, beguiling, and mysterious art tiles in America. Frank and George are two of the most interesting and admirable people you have never heard of  — until now.


Saturday, April 29th

There will be a Convention-registered member only show starting on Friday, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Friday night April 28. The show will open to the public  Saturday April 29 from 9:00 AM and closing at 5:00. The show and sale will feature many of the country’s premier dealers selling both vintage and contemporary art pottery. The show will be a gathering place for AAPA members to shop this annual sale.


The Journal

Throughout the year, members of the AAPA can enjoy the world of art pottery with each issue of The Journal of the American Art Pottery Association. The AAPA’s quarterly publication is filled with gorgeous color photographs of pottery and pottery marks, along with exclusive, in-depth articles on potters and operations from all over the country, information on collecting, buying, and selling pottery, and reviews of books, auctions, events, and more.


“Anyone who owns even a single piece of art pottery will benefit by being a member of the AAPA and by learning more about art pottery from the fabulous articles and color photographs in each issue of the Journal,” National Arts and Crafts Conference founder and advisor Bruce Johnson has declared. “Show your support for this volunteer organization by becoming a member this weekend.”

Conference Director Kate Nixon says The Journal alone is reason enough for giving your support. “Any collector knows that print publications can be hard to come by these days. Not only is The Journal still going, but the publication itself is consistently professionally done. The photographs in The Journal are simply stunning. Combine that with articles from the experts in the field? Honestly any collector or Art pottery fan should have this magazine for their library or their front table.”


In order to register for the convention or for more information on the shows and sale, please visit

All registrants must be paid by April 12th, 2023!