North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society



Newsletter Excerpts
From the September 2017 Edition

Presidentís Message

When I last saw all of you in June, who knew that by the end of August my county would be classified as a D4 (exceptional drought) by the U.S. Drought Monitor. We have gone from lush green pastures and crops that looked like they would be average, to the countryside turning brown and crunchy! Wow, itís been a heck of ride. Ken and I and all of our ranching neighbors are cutting every dried up slough, ditch and kosha infested crop we can find to make a bale of hay. We were fortunate that a neighbors corn crop didnít make the grade for combining and we will be able to chop it for silage. Looks like the girls will get to stay! I was not looking forward to culling the herd that hard.

It was great seeing everyone again at Convention. Our numbers were down, 66 people attended the banquet on Saturday night, but we managed to have a good time!!! Thank you to Linda and Bill Bakken for their presentation on the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown and Bonnie & Arley Olson for the Seminar on Priory and Assumption Abbey Potteries. You guys spent countless hours researching to put these presenta-tions together and I canít thank you enough for all your time and work. I donít know what this club would do without each of you.

I would also like to say thank you to the following people that donated items for door prizes: Bonnie & Arley Olson, BJ Kadrmas, Larry Miller, Quent Christman and Bill & Linda Bakken. Your donations helped keep costs down and chances of winning up!

The 2018 Convention is just around the corner. If anyone has time on their hands, be sure to drop a line to Craig and Linda Fiedler, chairmen for the Convention. Iím sure that they would appreciate the help.

Happy Trails,

Gail Yuly


Seminar on Annunciation Monastery (Priory) & Assumption Abbey

by Arley Olson

Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, ND.

Sister Hildegarde Urlacherís "prairie pottery" incorpo-rates the many hues seen in the grain fields, prairie grasses, sunsets and autumn leaves in the North Dakota landscape. She has created her own unique design using leathering tools, a soft leather strap with feathers and her own glazes. She marks her pottery with the bell tower logo with her initials H U. Sister Mary Martha also made pottery using North Dakota clay and marked her pottery with the bell tower logo. On some of her work she also put her initials SMM. Priory Pottery is no longer being made.
Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND.
Pottery by Br. Basil Atwell

Brother Basil Atwell, OSB, was the studioís first potter. He already held a degree in Art with a concentration in ceramics. He excelled in porcelain work, but after a few years he felt called to more active ministry. He returned to St. Johnís seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in June, 2002. Father Basil now serves the diocese as a pastor in Garrison, North Dakota.

Pottery by Br. Llewellyn Kouba, OSB

He apprenticed under studio potter Sister Denise Frandrup, OSB, of St. Joseph, Minnesota and in 1996 he re-turned and took over the Assumption Abbey Pottery Studio. He is known for his beautiful hand-built, wheel-thrown stoneware, terracotta and porcelain and holds a special interest in native clay and glazes.


The National Buffalo Museum

By Bill and Linda Bakken

The National Buffalo Museum is located near the worldís largest buffalo monument in Jamestown, ND. The museum features many interesting displays and has recently added a theater which shows a movie about buffalo. Another new addition to the museum is a display of buffalo related North Dakota pottery. The display shows examples of UND, Rosemeade, Dickota, Davy, Assumption Abbey, and Frog Point along with some NDPCS commemoratives and special pieces. Many of the items were donated by NDPCS members. Check the museum web site for hours they are open.

One of the highlights of the display is this UND bentonite vase which was donated by an NDPCS member in memory of her mother who made it while a student at UND.


While doing research for our talk at the 2017 convention we learned these facts about buffalo:

1) Bison are North Americaís largest land animals. Mature bulls weigh up to 2,000 pounds and mature cows as much as 1,000 pounds.

2) A bison stands 6 Ė 6.5 feet tall and 10 Ė 12.5 feet long.

3) A bisonís hump is composed of muscle, supported by long vertebrae. It allows the animal to use its head to plow through snow.

4) Most of the 500,000 or so bison nationwide are raised as livestock on ranches. About 30,000 are managed for con-servation in private and public herds.

5) Fossils and accounts from early travelers show that Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the U.S. where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times.

6) The Yellowstone herd is one of the few that remains genetically free of cattle genes.

7) Called wallowing, bison roll in the dirt to deter biting flies and help shed fur. Male bison also wallow during mat-ing season to leave behind their scent and display their strength.

8) Bison are nearsighted -- who knew? While bison have poor eyesight, they have excellent senses of smell and hearing. Cows and calves communicate using pig-like grunts, and during mating season, bulls can be heard bellowing across long distances.


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