From the April 2019 Edition
There still is a pile of snow in the front yard but hope springs
eternal and I am pretty sure a convention is in our near future.
I want to thank Ken Metzen and everyone involved in the planning and
organization of the 30th Annual NDPCS convention!
Heartfelt condolences to the Olson family on the passing of Mayvis
Olson, our Founder of the North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society. It is
fitting we celebrate the picnic in Chahinkapa Park this year in Wahpeton
where it all began.
Mother Nature decided we would be better off with-out a February
NDPCS Board Meeting so we will pick up where we left off at our
|Personal Note: I have been
inspired by NDPCS Face-book Group and the fun and interesting alphabet
challenges. So daily I regret not being able to find the time to join in
on the fun. This is my weak attempt to feel better about it. "A" is for
pieces from Aberdeen, SD, the old hometown!
Letter from Ken Metzen
30th Annual Convention Chairman
Pack your Suitcase and Don't forget to Register for the Big 30th
Annual NDPCS Convention!!!
The Big get together is getting closer. Don't forget to send in your
registrations, if you haven't done so already. What started off smooth and
got pretty rocky has finally started to calm down again...whew!!!
We can still use some volunteers at the upcoming convention. So please if
you are able, give me a call and I can make you part of the Fun &
Excitement!!! I'm still in need of some Float making Socializer's for
Fri-day afternoon at the Richland County Historical Museum. Oh what a great
way to meet all of those faces that you were afraid of going up and
introducing yourself too... Hint-Hint-Hint
I'm always willing to listen to your ideas to make the convention run
smoother, as well as asking and begging for you to come out and get
involved. The more involvement the easier it is to do and more fun for
everyone to enjoy all of the convention activities. I'm sure even though
many of the key chairs have not asked for my help, I'm asking for you to
volunteer yours to: the Registration, Auction, Commemorative or Ticket Sales
Chairpersons. They would be tickled to be each contacted. If only one or two
of you, who would be will-ing to help even if for only an hour or two, your
time would be greatly appreciated.
Timeliness of check-in
is of importance for those members submitting items for the Saturday
auction. Please note that time for check-in
is 11:00 am-12:00 am.
Thanks in advance.
I was fortunate enough to have members call and volunteer their time,
information, and knowledge to help put this convention into shape and
perspective. This effort will make it a very exciting time for all of you.
Counting the days till we all get together for the Big Party, back in
Wahpeton. It all began 30 years ago as a gift from a husband to his wife...
the start of a group or organization that made many of us some of the Best
Friends of our lives... see you in Wahpeton!!!
I learned after the last newsletter, you were given some old contact
information for me. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Your 30th Convention Chairman,
Ken, Fevie, & Elzebeth Metzen
4877 28th Avenue South, Apt #212
Fargo, North Dakota 58104
Ken's Phone # (701)-640-6245
Messenger or Facebook
Ceramics by Messer
By Linda Bakken
Joe and Eunice Messer operated Ceramics by Messer from 1952 – 1957.
The Messer family has developed a web site that contains information
about Joe and Eunice and many photos of them and various Messer
For more information on Ceramics by Messer,
Eunice Messer recently joined the North Dakota Pottery Facebook page and
made these comments on some of the Messer photos posted there.
“We went to Devils Tower site
chunk of clay and Joe made his first model.”
antelope is a Messer. The horns and ears were cast in separate molds
and attached while wet. Joe sketched the live animal on our prairie to
perfect it. They are porcelain which Joe formulated and we mixed in a
Maytag washing machine.”
“We made these bells and gave
them to relatives and friends as a Xmas greeting. They were porcelain
and ring loud and clear. My cousin was just a baby then and now said he
still hangs it on their tree every year.”
fun designing this. It was made with hooks in the bottom for keys pot
“Joe made the turtle for my
little aquarium and everyone liked them so we made a lot to sell. Now
they are in a terrarium and planters.”
By Barbara Bradley
The display is of my WPA collection of books, pottery, and crafts. The
items were exhibited during the
month of February
at the local Fairfax County Library outside of Washington,
DC. The collections included
items from 10 different states,
including North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan,
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