Annual glass show adds ceramics to its offerings

The Westchester Glass Club’s annual Collectors Show and Sale at the Greenwich Civic Center on April 27 and 28 is spicing things up this year, devoting the show not solely to high quality glass  as it has done over the past 36 years, but also to ceramics.

Fine glass of all periods, from early blown, mold blow, and pressed as well as studio art glass, brilliant cut, depression era, engraved, early bottles and European art glass will continue to be offered for sale. The inclusion of ceramics is a logical expansion of the show and in keeping with current collecting trends. Glass and ceramics share the common traits of being made from earthen material, shaped into similar objects and then formed by fire.

Most glass dealers also handle ceramics though some new dealers are devoted specifically to ceramics. The range of ceramics, like glass, is varied and includes stoneware, red ware, art pottery, mochaware, Staffordshire, fine porcelain, transfer ware and other types.

The show will continue to feature a topical lecture by an expert in the field free to all attending the show. This year, authors and researchers Brandt & Mark Zipp from Crocker Farm Auctions will give a talk entitled Manhattan Stoneware 1795-1820, at 2 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, there will be exhibits by glass and ceramic authors, offering signed copies of their books for sale and educational displays by glass museums, including the New Bedford Museum of Glass and the Museum of Connecticut Glass. Glass repair and glass identification will again be available.

Sixty prominent dealers in glass and ceramics from throughout the East Coast and Midwest will offer a wide variety of merchandise for sale but will also be available to answer questions and to educate both the novice and advanced collector. The primary focus of the Westchester Glass Show and Sale has always been educational as well as providing an opportunity for collectors to add to their collections.

A significant portion of the proceeds of the Westchester Glass Club show is given annually to a deserving glass museum or other glass related enterprise. Last year donations were provided to the Museum of Connecticut Glass and to the New Bedford Museum of Glass.

Light snacks and afternoon tea will be offered. Free parking is available. Show hours are Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7, or $6 when accompanied by a show card or advertisement.

For information or to obtain a discount card, contact show co-managers Al Adams at [email protected] or 203-394-8956 or Jim Russell at [email protected] or 203-438-1806.

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