Hello, everyone!

Well, it’s getting closer. . .the day when you, and all of your CAS Collectors friends, will gather in Madison, to celebrate the illustrious history of Ceramic Arts Studio! This year’s Convention  theme is “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!”  Get ready to stroll through the years, as we recognize the contributions of all of our CAS decorator friends. You’ll definitely want to be in attendance at the  “Redwood Room” of the Howard Johnson Plaza on Saturday, August 25th. As always, your dedicated Board has been working overtime to make this an extra-special Convention you won’t want to miss!

Again this year, you’ll find all of your favorite Convention activities. Our annual “On Display Contest” has plenty or exciting new categories, so be sure and check elsewhere in this newsletter, to see what contest organizer Don Johnson has come up with. Once again, there’s even a special “remote entry” category for members unable to attend the Convention. And remember: everyone who submits an entry in the “On Display Contest” will automatically be eligible for a special prize drawing! Put on those thinking caps and get creative -- you just might be one of the lucky winners!


Our favorite auctioneers, Shawn & David Slotten, will again be calling our annual Club Auction, so now’s the time to clean out your closets and attics, and see what CAS treasures you can find to include. Whether you’re buying or selling (or both), you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that all buyer and seller premiums go directly to CAS Collectors to help keep our club financially sound. Only those who attend the Convention can bid in the auction, so that’s another great incentive for you to attend! (If you do have CAS items you’d like included on the auction bill, be sure and contact me: hankk@omahasteaks.com)


Rest assured that Lisa Louis, our “Commemorative Queen”, has come up with another unique and amazing Commemorative for 2018! As always, each Convention attendee will receive one. Displaying the Commemoratives is an excellent way to hold on to those Convention memories year-round! And believe me, what Lisa has found this year is so unique, you’ll want to order extras!


A mainstay of our Convention is the CAS Collectors Raffle. Once again, our raffle will feature a lovely CAS-themed quilt, again created by our talented Board member Bunny Lenburg. All raffle proceeds benefit CAS Collectors, and tickets will be sold on Convention evening ($5 each, or 5 for $20). And, even if you can’t make it to the Convention, you can still purchase raffle tickets!  All the details are coming up in the newsletter.


And, of course there’s Saturday’s popular WPA Show & Sale, plus our outstanding Saturday evening Banquet. (As always, Convention Coordinator Barb Bowers has come up with another delectable menu.) We’ll also have some very special table Centerpieces and Door Prizes, thanks to Barb, Bunny Lenburg, and our Vice-President Mary Lamm-Feltman. Plus, Kathy Plehn is putting together another unique Grand Door Prize Poster, The poster is always a big hit with our attendees – and you could be the lucky one taking it home! As for room décor, Don and I are working to create an eye-catching environment sure to please all (we hope!)


“Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!” will be a Convention you won’t want to miss! Remember, all of this Convention fun continues to be yours for a low, low $60 registration fee…a value that you just can’t beat! So, c’mon: fill out the registration form included with this newsletter, and mail it off today. As an added incentive, if your paid Convention registration is postmarked by June 15th,  you’ll be entered in the“Earliest Earlybird Contest”. On Convention night, we’ll draw for a terrific Earlybird prize . . .and the winning ticket could be yours!


And, just one more thing. Is it time to renew your club membership? If there’s a renewal sticker on your newsletter envelope and a renewal letter enclosed, please send in your renewal form right away. Your Board and I thank you for your ongoing support of CAS Collectors!


I look forward to seeing each and every one of you in Madison this August, as we gather for “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!”


Hank Kuhlmann