North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society



Newsletter Excerpts
From the July 2019 Edition

Presidents Message


Happy Birthday America 2019!

Hope you are enjoying summer and celebrating a Fourth of July full of family and fireworks and food.

The 30th annual NDPCS convention held in Wahpeton is in the record books (thanks Arley) and it was a memorable event. A few highlights and thank yous are in order.

Thank you to Ken Metzen and family as convention chair. Ken always manages to pull together a fun gathering despite the logistical challenges required in hosting an event in different venues. I hope you enjoyed the impressive group of pottery from current North Dakota potters he put together to auction off at the banquet.

Thank you to Bill Bakken for presenting a history lesson of art pottery as our banquet speaker! I especially enjoyed how Bill showed the artistic styles of ancient pottery and how it influenced the creation of pieces of North Dakota pottery. I know some of you are still debating if your pieces represent form or function!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this convention a success. From commemoratives to registration to member auction to silent auction to making me a delicious root beer float, thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talent.

A final thank you to Patricia Williams from Olympia, Washington. Trish contacted me to share that her grandfather, a veteran, received two pieces of UND pottery from the American Legion in Ohio in the 1930-1940s. She wanted someone in our society to appreciate them as much as she and her grandfather did, so she donated them to be auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to our group. The beautiful blue pitcher brought $230 and the brown Sioux warrior humidor $1,300. In addition the winning bidders received a book of her family memoirs. Thank you Trish for your generosity supporting the NDPCS!

Happy Hunting,

Michael Kaul





By Linda Bakken


The National Buffalo Museum is located in Jamestown, ND near the world’s largest buffalo statue.  USA Today recently named it as the best museum in ND.  This photo shows Rachel Johnson, collections manager, and Ilana Xinos, museum director, with four new pieces atop the case holding part of their exhibit of buffalo related ND pottery.  The display holds examples of both vintage and contemporary ND pieces.