The Museum of Ceramics, in East Liverpool, Ohio is pleased to offer two new limited edition 2014 wall calendars: ‘LOVELY LOTUS!’ and ‘HANS HACKER: VIEWS’.
Hans Hacker (1910-1994) was one of the tri-state area’s preeminent 20th century artists. Best known for his Pottery Festival souvenir designs, riverscapes, and landscapes, his artwork continues to be highly prized. After decades of work for East Liverpool’s Commercial Decal, Hacker is said to have been the nation’s most prolific dinnerware decal artist. ‘VIEWS’ is the fifth Hans Hacker artwork calendar. Earlier versions are still available for $40 each. None of the ‘VIEWS’ calendar’s forty one images of paintings, tiles, and sketches were utilized in previous calendars; all come from the Hans Hacker Archive Project (HHAP). Catherine S. Vodrey spearheaded the HHAP, using her photographs and those by art owners and volunteers. It was created on behalf of the East Liverpool Historical Society. The HHAP, available at the museum for $24.95, includes a slideshow on DVD and CD of over six hundred Hacker works of art, and a comb bound booklet with a wealth of information about the artist and his art.
East Liverpool’s Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Lotus Ware porcelain won a medal of excellence at Chicago’s 1893 ‘World’s Columbian Exposition’. The Museum of Ceramics is home to the nation’s largest public display of Lotus Ware, and this is the first museum calendar devoted to it. The ‘LOVELY LOTUS!’ calendar begins with the ‘Mecca’ catalogue page, and shows twenty two named shapes and thirty five examples in the museum’s collection. This is the first Lotus Ware ever calendar offered.
These wall calendars are available exclusively through the Museum of Ceramics Gift Shop. The full color, 11″x 17″, spiral-bound calendars are printed on card stock, and are $19.95. They also feature references to relevant history. The limited edition calendars are available on a first come, first served basis. Museum members at the Rockingham ($50) level and higher will receive 10% off this price, and that of many other items in our gift shop, including our Fiesta shard jewelry. Call 330-386-6001 or 1-800-600-7180. See www.TheMuseumOfCeramics.org or ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook for more information. Shipping and handling: $8.50 for first calendar (Priority Mail), $1.00 for each additional calendar sent to same address. Calendars mailed within Ohio will be charged tax. Christmas gifts must be ordered by Friday December 13, 2013 to ensure sufficient time for shipping. Time permitting, the museum staff is happy to gift wrap your museum gift purchases for free. Both calendars are designed by the museum director.
The Museum, open since 1980, has hosted visitors from forty seven nations and almost all fifty states in recent years. The Ohio Historical Society provided full funding to the museum until 2008, when state budget cuts lead to the loss of 93% of funding in seven weeks. Since then OHS has continued to work as a partner with the Museum of Ceramics Foundation (501c3), providing some funding, and generous technical support. The Museum of Ceramics is the only American museum to highlight three centuries of pottery production in one small geographic area by hundreds of potteries. Visitors will soon benefit from the completion of the ACCESS? ALL RIGHT! project which will include an elevator and an accessible restroom for the first time in the museum’s history. Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 AM through 3:30 PM (closed on Thanksgiving). Admission: $4 adults, $2 students. Visit the Gift Shop for free.