There is a $35 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 madriverantiques@aol.com.
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 2018 session will take place on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5.  Once again, we've been invited to hold the Friday lecture at the New York State Museum in Albany, where Dr. John Sladek will present a talk on the stoneware made at the pottery in Lyons, NY.  Those who attended John's presentation on the Rochester, NY potteries in May 2016 will remember how informative it was.  After the talk, attendees will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's stoneware, including the wonderful Weitsman collection.  A group dinner will follow immediately afterward at the Madison Brewing Company in downtown Bennington.

The Fall 2018 session will take place on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15.  Friday's lecture will be back at the Bennington Museum and promises to be enlightening.  Tim Bailey, Jude Hanley and Curtis Rice will talk about  the connection between potter Josiah Chapman and the stoneware made in Albany and Troy, NY, circa 1803 to 1815.  These three men have studied stoneware from the Albany/Troy area for some time and have developed an extensive amount of knowledge on the subject.  A  group dinner will follow immediately afterward at the Madison Brewing Company in downtown Bennington.

Accommodations are available at the following: 
Bennington Motor Inn:  (802) 442-5479
Best Western: (802) 442-6311
Four Chimneys Inn:  (802) 447-3500
Hampton Inn by Hilton: (802) 440-9862
Paradise Motor Inn: (802) 442-8351
Starlight Inn: (802) 442-9200