Thursday May 2, 2013

BENNINGTON -- The Stoneware Collectors' Group will meet at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Bennington Museum to hear a presentation by Barbara and Charlie Adams on "Rockingham Glazed Pottery made in Bennington." Open to the public, the Adams' talk is in conjunction with the Stoneware Collectors' Group gathering and sale being held on the grounds of Camelot Village on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. The lecture is included with the $10 admission to the Bennington Museum. Those who would like to browse through the museum collections prior to the lecture may do so. A group dinner will follow immediately after the lecture at Madison Brewing Co. in Bennington.

Among the foremost authorities on the topic, the Adams will discuss the history of the pottery of Christopher Webber Fenton, a partner in the Norton Stoneware Firm. In 1847 he struck out on his own to establish Fenton Works, which later became known at Lyman, Fenton and Co. and then as the U.S. Pottery Co. The pottery lasted fewer than 20 years, but produced some very amazing pieces in the short time that it existed. Included in the lecture will be many examples from the Bennington Museum collection and several rare pieces from the Adams private collection.

The Adams of South Yarmouth, Mass., frequently lecture on this topic and many of their collections have been exhibited at major museums. For decades they have specialized in the early Rockingham Pottery that was made in Bennington. Contributing writers on the subject, their articles have appeared in publications including Antiques and The Arts Weekly, The Maine Antiques Digest, and Early American Homes. Their extensive personal collection of Bennington Pottery has been featured in several publications over the years. Charlie Adams is Past President of the Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association, and Barbara Adams is currently their Recording Secretary. Active in the antiques business for over 30 years, they are among the top specialists dealing in Rockingham Glazed Pottery. They also participate in most of the larger New England Antiques Shows during the year.

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 to swap stories as well as stoneware. The result was the Stoneware Collectors' Sale and Lecture, held twice a year. 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.

About the Museum

The Bennington Museum, located at 75 Main St. (Route 9), in The Shires of Southwestern Vermont has the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world as well as the largest collection of 19th century Bennington pottery. In its other eleven galleries, the museum presents a 1924 Wasp Touring Car, one of only twenty produced, military artifacts, one of the earliest ‘stars and stripes' in existence, decorative arts and folk art, 18th century to present, and more. On view through May 27 is "Victorian Extreme: Fancy Work and Steampunk, 1850 to Now. " Coming this summer, May 25 through October 27 will be "Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War," as well as two new permanent gallery exhibits - "Gilded Age Vermont" and "Bennington Modernism." The museum is open Thursday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Children and students 18 or younger and visitors to the Museum Shop are admitted free. Visit the museum's website www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.