The big day has finally arrived! Fun and excitement will be waiting for you in Madison, on Saturday, August 25th, when the whole gang gets together for “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!” It’s the 2018 CAS Collectors Convention, and you won’t want to miss it!


We’ll be celebrating the wonderland of CAS figurines, and all the wonderful folks who created them. These ceramics brightened homes from coast to coast during the 1940s and ‘50s, and continue to brighten collectors’ hearts today. Plan on an extra-special evening of enjoyment, as we salute the enduring appeal of CAS! Along the way, you may even discover that especially elusive CAS figurine you’ve been longing to add to your collection!


Colorful posters celebrating decades past, and lots of crepe paper and balloons will transform the Redwood Room of the Howard Johnson Plaza into your personal time machine. You’ll love the exciting décor. . .the art-themed take-home trinkets. . .the “CAS Decorator Trivia” game. . .in short, everything that makes our gatherings so unforgettable, including the opportunity to mix and mingle with CAS friends old and new! Plus, as always, there’ll be stupendous CAS centerpieces, just waiting to be taken home by lucky Door Prize winners!


Here are the party plans:


  • The Date, The Time, The Place: The fun begins at 6 pm on the 25th, in the spacious, festively decorated Redwood Room of Madison’s Howard Johnson Plaza! Our Honored Guests for the evening will include former Studio employees, as well as others whose contributions have benefited our Club. A full event schedule appears below.


  • Registration, Cost, & Where To Stay: There’s still time to register! Just use the handy form enclosed with this newsletter, and return it ASAP! The cost, $60 per person, includes all Convention activities, our delicious banquet, Door Prizes, and a 2018 Commemorative. For those traveling from out- of-town, our Convention lodging rate at the Howard Johnson Plaza is $74 per night. To qualify, call 608-244-2481, and mention that you are with CAS Collectors.


  • The Saturday Show:  Once again, the WPA (Wisconsin Pottery Association) is sponsoring an exciting Show & Sale at the Alliant Energy Center. More than 50 dealers will be selling vintage and contemporary pottery and ceramics (including plenty of CAS!)  Among the dealers are several members of our group, who will certainly appreciate your patronage. CAS Collectors Board members will also be on hand, staffing a club information table, so be sure to stop by and say “hi”!


Show hours are 9-3:30, and admission is just $5. Those attending the CAS Collectors Convention will receive coupons entitling them to free parking at the Show.


  • A Plethora of Prizes:  As always, no one at a CAS Collectors Convention goes home empty-handed!  Names will be drawn for wonderful Door Prize centerpieces. There’ll also be prizes for winning entries in the “On Display” contest, and the “Earliest Earlybird drawing will bring an extra-special prize to one lucky early Convention registrant.


  • The Raffle: Once again, we’re holding an exciting “Quilt Raffle”. One lucky winner will take home a beautiful quilt, created and donated by our very own Bunny Lenburg! (Thanks, Bunny, for this terrific contribution!) Raffle tickets are just $5 each (or 5 for $20), and all proceeds benefit your club.


Those unable to attend the Convention can still take part in the Quilt Raffle. If you’re a non-attendee, and would like to purchase raffle tickets, send your check (payable to “CAS Collectors”) by August 21st to: Don Johnson, 3329 South 56th Street, #611, Omaha, NE 68106. Raffle tickets will be drawn for you. If you’re the winner, the quilt will be shipped to you.


  • The Commemorative: As always, each and every registered Conventioneer will go home with a 2018 CAS Collectors Convention Commemorative!  What will it be?  You’ll have to wait until the Convention to find out — but you can be sure it will be in keeping with our “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!” theme! (Extra Commemoratives can be ordered following the Convention for $17 each. See this issue’s “Classifieds” for all the details!)


  • And Lots More! In addition to our Convention and the WPA Show, there’s always plenty to do in the Madison area, so plan on making a full weekend of it! There are antique stores galore, specialty shops and historic sites just waiting to be explored, and unique restaurants ready for the tasting!  Your Convention registration packet will be overflowing with info on what-to-do and where-to-go when in Madison.




·         5:15 pm: attendees permitted to set up “On Display Contest” entries & auction items

·         6:00 pm: Doors open for Social Hour, Silent Auction, and “On Display Contest”

·         7:00 pm: Dinner

·         8:00 pm: Break & Group Photo

·         8:15 pm: Annual Meeting

·         8:45 pm: Club Auction with auctioneers Shawn and David Slotten (last minute entries accepted!) (winners of the Silent Auction will also be announced)  

·         Distribution of Door Prizes, Raffle Prizes, “Early Bird Prize”, Commemoratives, and more!




Back to bring us the best deals at the best prices are our cheery auctioneers (and fellow club members), Shawn and David Slotten. Our club Auction will follow the annual meeting, and it’s shaping up to be “the best ever”. Among the many wonderful CAS items on the bill are the hard-to-find Seagull and Temple Dancers, pieces from the collections of former Studio workers Gloria Evert and Georgia Wiverstad, plus an assortment of unique metal stands by Jon-San Creations.


And, back by popular demand is our Silent Auction. Throughout the evening, Convention attendees will have the opportunity to place written bids on CAS pieces grouped into lots. If, by the end of the evening, yours is the highest bid for a group lot, then you get everything in the lot for that one price! Like our regular Auction, the Silent Auction is chock-full of outstanding pieces. You’ll want to bid, and bid some more!


If you have any last-minute items you’d like to include in the auctions, please send your listings to Hank Kuhlmann by Monday, August 13th, so we can include them in the auction program. Listings received after that date may not appear in the program, due to printing deadlines. As always, however, we will do our best to accept a limited number of “last-minute” submissions on the evening of the auction, depending on time available. Auction listings should be emailed to Hank:


For your reference, a complete rundown of “Auction Guidelines” appeared in the Spring edition of CAS Collectors Quarterly.


(Remember: only those attending the 2018 Convention will have the opportunity to bid in the Regular and Silent Auctions.)




Our fifteenth annual “On Display Contest” will again present a fun-filled creative challenge for Convention-goers. This has become one of our most anticipated Convention activities, and we know the entries for 2018 will shine even more brightly than those of the past! Here are all the details:


Each attendee is invited to bring creative displays showing off CAS figurines to their best advantage. There are 10 display categories, and each Convention-goer may have a total of three entries. While other ceramics may be included, CAS pieces must make up the bulk of any figurines included in the display. Decorations and accessories of any and every kind are acceptable -- whether display stands, cabinets, flowers, furniture, background pieces, or what-have-you. Display setup begins at 5:15 pm Saturday evening.  Judging will be done that evening by all Convention attendees, and prizes will be awarded in all 10 categories, plus a “Best of Show” award to the overall favorite entry. (There’ll also be an additional “On Display” prize-winner, drawn from the names of all those who submit at least one contest entry!)


Once again this year, those unable to attend the Convention can also take part in the “On Display Contest”. Just set up a display at home, snap a photo, and email it to Editor Don Johnson by August 20th ( Entries in the “Remote Photo Category” can also be sent to Don by regular mail, at the mailing address given earlier in this article.


Here are this year’s categories, as announced in our last newsletter. Some are old, some are new, some are tied directly to our 2018 Convention theme, “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!”  but each and every one is a winner!


(Several “On Display” contest categories honor these departed Ceramic Arts Studio friends:  Betty Harrington, Reuben Sand, Karl Ahlen, Flossie Young Balch, Mildred “Millie” Ehle, Sid Foye, Helen Olson Gardner, Gertrude Harris, Pat Hermsdorf, Ruth Paulson, Martha Pendleton, Margaret Purucker, Itzy Sand, “Shy” Sand, and  Rose Segerson. Thanks for the memories!)


  • “Most Imaginative: The Decorators’ Memorial Award” (in honor of Millie, Flossie, Martha, Rose, Gertie, Helen, Ruth, & Pat)
  • “Funniest” (The “Reuben Sand/Margaret Purucker/Itzy Sand Memorial Award”)
  • “Best Use of Accessories (CAS or non-CAS)” (The “Sid Foye/Karl Ahlen/“Shy” Sand Memorial Award”)
  • “The Fabulous ‘40s”: Best Use of CAS Figurines To Depict A Scene From the 1940s”
  • “The Fantastic ‘50s”: Best Use of CAS Figurines to Depict a Scene from the 1950s”
  • “The Swingin’ ‘60s”: Best Use of CAS Figurines To Depict a Scene from the 1960s”
  • “The Sensational ‘70s”: Best Use of CAS Figurines to Depict a Scene from the 1970s”
  • “Mouse In The House: Best Tribute to our ‘Club Mascot’, Mr. Mouse
  • “Themes Like Old Times: Display Best Depicting A Past Convention Theme”
  • “As Betty Intended: Display Best Capturing The Style and Spirit of Betty Harrington”


What a lineup! Ten terrific categories, plus the “Best of Show” prize winner to be voted on from the winning entries in those categories, plus our “Remote Photo” category! As always, there’ll be plenty of colorful and creative entries on view -- meaning plenty of great new display ideas for all of us!






When? Saturday, August 25th! Where? Madison’s Howard Johnson Plaza!

Why? Because it won’t be a party without you!