There is a $40 set-up fee for exhibiting at the sale on Saturday. For additional information or to make reservations for a set-up space or the group dinner, please call Steve or Lorraine German at (860) 653-5733 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stoneware Collectors' Sale and Lecture
The Stoneware Collectors' Group began in the late 1980s with an annual stoneware auction in Vermont. Although the auction eventually ended, the stoneware dealers and collectors continued their periodic get-togethers in Bennington, VT to swap stories as well as stoneware. The result was the Stoneware Collectors' Sale and Lecture, held twice a year, in the spring and fall. The Friday/Saturday event includes a sale on Saturday, which is held rain or shine under large tents on the grounds of The Antique Center at Camelot Village. The hours of the sale are 9:30 am to 3 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of stoneware, including some rare and one-of-a-kind examples.
A few years ago, the group partnered with the Bennington Museum to include a pottery-related lecture, which takes place at 4 pm on Friday at the Bennington Museum. Past topics have included 'New Research on Bennington's Potters', 'Patriotic Designs on American Stoneware' and 'A History of the Cushman Pottery of Albany, NY'. The lecture is included with the $10 admission to the Bennington Museum and those who would like to browse through the museum collections prior to the lecture may do so.
The Spring 2019 session will take place on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Friday's session will begin with a field trip through Bennington to see the old pottery sites, some of the kaolin and ocher deposits, and the Norton and Fenton homesteads. The excursion will be conducted by Warren Broderick (co-author of Pottery Works: Potteries of New York State’s Capital District and Upper Hudson Region) and Catherine Zusy (author of Norton Stoneware and American Redware: The Bennington Museum Collection and the former Curator of Decorative Arts at the Bennington Museum). If you plan on joining us for the field trip, please arrive a little before noon. We will be handing out maps and carpooling to minimize the number of cars. After the field trip, we will return to the Bennington Museum, where Warren and Cathie will talk about some exciting new developments in Bennington ceramics research. The lecture is expected to begin around 3:00. A group dinner will follow immediately afterward at the Madison Brewing Company in downtown Bennington.
The Fall 2019 session will take place on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. On Friday, Lorraine German will talk about Frederick Carpenter, Barnabas Edmands, and the Charlestown, Massachusetts pottery. A group dinner will follow immediately afterward at the Madison Brewing Company in downtown Bennington.