It’s a memorable trip down memory lane! This August 25th in Madison, our 2018 CAS Collectors Convention celebrates “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!” We’ll be paying tribute to all the accomplished CAS decorators whose beautiful work resulted in those fabulous figurines that span the decades. We’ll also be celebrating how the appreciation of Ceramic Arts figurines has continued through the years. CAS charmers brightened homes from coast to coast during the 1940s and ‘50s, still brighten our hearts today, and will continue to brighten collectors’ hearts for decades to come!


The lovely “Redwood Room” at Madison’s Howard Johnson Plaza will be transformed into a wondrous journey back to the mid-century era of the Studio’s heyday, complete with vintage décor, party favors, punch, posters, and colorful centerpieces, all celebrating the enduring heritage of CAS.


As always, our Convention will be jam-packed with enjoyability – from the WPA Show & Sale at the Alliant Energy Center during the day, to the evening’s full plate of festive activities. Among them:  our always-a-favorite On Display Contest. . .a mouthwatering Banquet. . .and, of course, our annual Club Auction, starring auctioneers Shawn and David Slotten, and featuring prized CAS pieces courtesy of your fellow collectors! All that, plus Door Prizes, our annual Commemorative, our seventh annual Club Raffle, featuring a beautiful quilt creation by Bunny Lenburg. . .and best of all, the chance to reunite with all your CAS friends!


WHERE AND WHEN: The 2018 CAS Collectors Convention will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Howard Johnson Plaza in Madison.  The locale is once more the spacious, second-floor Redwood Room. If you’re an out-of-towner, and plan to stay over, Howard Johnson’s has again arranged a special Convention room rate: $74 a night – a terrific bargain! And fear not, animal lovers: at HoJo, pets are welcome!


WHAT’S IT COST: Our registration fee remains exactly the same as it was in 2017 – just $60 per person! That includes the delicious Banquet Buffet, Door Prizes, the super-secret 2018 Convention Commemorative, and participation in all the evening’s activities, including our annual Membership Meeting, the “On Display Contest”¸ the Raffle, and our Club Auction (only those in attendance can bid). All that, for just $60 – what a deal!


WHAT TO DO NEXT: That’s an easy one: register! A registration form is included with this newsletter, and all paid registrations received by June 15th will be entered in our “Earliest Earlybirdprize drawing. Also, it’s never to early to start thinking about possible entries in this year’s “On Display Contest” (categories will be announced in our next newsletter), as well as items you might want to place on the bill for our Club Auction. The more CAS, the merrier the auction!


This August 25th, all your CAS friends will reunite in Madison, for our wonderful annual gathering! How about you? Join CAS Collectors from near and far as they experience all the fun, relive all the memories, (and make plenty of new ones), when they gather for our 2018 CAS Collectors Convention --




(It won’t be a party without you!)