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May 2009

 

The May program featured Ephraim Faience Pottery (EFP) and Door Pottery from the Cooper-Allen collection.  Ephraim Faience Pottery company was founded in 1996 by Kevin Hicks and Scott Draves.  Their goal was to create pottery in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement, where the focus was on quality and creativity, and not mass production.  The process involved in creating pottery includes:

  • Artists collaborating on the design and creation of various pottery pieces.

  • Potters use earthenware and stoneware clays from the Midwest to throw and sculpt the forms by hand.

  • New pottery designs are inspired from various flora and fauna the potters encounter in their travels.

  • Potters not only create current pottery pieces, but also take time to experiment with new forms and glazes.

  • A wet piece of pottery is known as "green ware" and is then allowed to dry.  During this time an EFP mark is applied to the bottom of the piece.

  • Drying time can take between three to ten days.

  • Additional decorations may be applied to the piece during the drying time.

  • Once the piece is dry it is fired in a kiln, known as a "bisque firing".

  • A decorator applies glazes and then fires the pottery for the final firing, which completes the process.

More information on this pottery can be found at Ephraim Faience Pottery website.

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Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.

 

 

1. On the left is a 12" tall Blenko vase in turquoise with applied side treatment of rope-like clear glass made around 1946.

     In the back right is a new Fenton Burmese vase with floral decoration and a dragon fly.

     In the front right is an Anchor Hocking "Royal Ruby" 4" bulb vase with painted flowers that had a "Hand Painted by

     Imperial" sticker.

     The salad plate and glass are Cambridge "Lily of the Valley" etching.

 

2. Heavy black glass two handled oval bowl, possibly by US Glass or L.E. Smith.   

3. Harold and Doris won a door prize of a fresh-cut Peony flower arrangement, provided by Dayna, another club member.

4. A Fenton "Ming" pattern crystal bowl, circa 1935.

 

5. On the left is a Cambridge goblet with a cobalt bowl on a #3122 stem.

     In the center is a Hocking green canister with a foil label making it a cookie jar.

    On the right is a crystal Westmoreland "Princess Feather" low basket with round handle.

 

6. A pink Fostoria two handled bon-bon server.

 

7. Cambridge "Lily of the Valley" etched salad plate, circa 1934-1938, reintroduced in 1942-1947.

 

8. A Cambridge "Lily of the Valley" etched champagne and salad plate.