Potteries of Trenton Society

Events

The Potteries of Trenton Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Trenton's ceramic past.

April 2015

Sanitation & Civilization:
Trenton’s Contributions to the Progress of American Hygiene

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society is pleased to present our twelfth annual Trenton Ceramics Symposium on Saturday, April 18, 2015. This year our speakers will explore the city's importance in the history of the sanitary industry in the United States. The symposium will be held in the Auditorium of the New Jersey State Museum.

April 2014

Isaac Broome: America’s First Ceramic Sculptor

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society is pleased to present the 2014 Trenton Ceramics Symposium. This year our speakers will celebrate the life and work of sculptor Isaac Broome, the first sculptor to work in the American ceramics industry. Although perhaps best known for his famous Baseball Vase, created for Ott & Brewer's display at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Broome made other models for that display, and he was also a designer, modeler and manufacturer of tiles in Trenton and Brooklyn.

April 2013

Trenton Potteries Database

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society is pleased to present the 2013 Trenton Ceramics Symposium. This year's Trenton ceramics symposium will explore the nature and potential of the Trenton Potteries Database. The Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, in the Auditorium of the New Jersey State Museum on West State Street, Trenton.

April 2012

Trenton Potteries Company: Art and Commerce

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society is pleased to present Trenton Potteries Company: Art and Commerce. This year's Trenton ceramics symposium will examine the history of the Trenton Potteries Company with special emphasis on the four monumental vases made for the company's display at the 1904 St. Louis world's fair and the imaginative decorative wares made in the 1930s and 1940s alongside the sinks and toilets for which the company was famous.

April 2011

Skin Deep: Trenton's Decorating Trade

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society is pleased to present Skin Deep: Trenton's Decorating Trade. This program has been organized in conjunction with an exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Artists and Decorators of the Trenton Pottery Industry. This year's Trenton ceramics symposium will focus on the many facets of Trenton's ceramics decorating industry.

April 2010

Staying Alive: The Hill-Fulper-Stangl Pottery in a Changing Marketplace

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society is pleased to present Staying Alive: The Hill-Fulper-Stangl Pottery in a Changing Marketplace. This program has been organized in conjunction with an exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Utility & Artistry: Works of the Stangl and Fulper Potteries.

April 2009

Art Revealed by Industry:
Painters, Sculptors and Designers Create Trenton’s Ceramics

Trenton’s ceramics – whether useful or ornamental – begin with aesthetic concepts generated by painters, sculptors, and designers. The 2009 ceramics symposium co-sponsored by the Potteries of Trenton Society and the New Jersey State Museum will examine the role of artists and designers in developing the wares produced in Trenton.

March 2008

Blue Plate Specials: Trenton's Restaurant China

The Potteries of Trenton Society in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum and The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, is pleased to announce a symposium on Saturday, March 8, entitled Blue Plate Specials: Trenton’s Restaurant China. The program has been organized in celebration of a significant gift of Trenton restaurant china to Ellarslie, currently featured in an exhibition.

April 2007

New Jersey Terra Cotta

The Potteries of Trenton Society (POTS) is pleased to announce its association with the New Jersey State Museum in the development and presentation of our fourth symposium on New Jersey ceramics, New Jersey Terra Cotta: Building an Industry on Clay. This year's symposium will be held Saturday, April 21, 2007, in the State Museum's Auditorium at 205 West State Street, Trenton. Speakers will explore New Jersey's clay resources, terra cotta manufacturing in the state, and its use on buildings in New York City, Philadelphia, and Trenton.

August 2007 to Summer 2008

The Dish On Trenton: China Exhibit Comes To Ellarlsie

The World Dines Out

Starting this August, Ellarslie the Trenton City Museum, is celebrating one of Trenton's most elegant legacies with an unprecedented display of commercial and fine china made at the city's Lamberton Works. Many dozens of vividly decorated service plates from restaurants, clubs, railroads and hotels will be on display, along with cups, saucers and other table accoutrements spanning more than a century in the history of Trenton's service to America. The exhibition, THE WORLD DINES OUT: 100 Years at Trenton's Lamberton Works, opens August 4 and runs to Summer 2008.

Dining Out on Trenton [pdf] The Maddock & Scammel Companies at Lamberton Works, Trenton, N.J. The Trenton Museum Society is debuting The recent Trenton City Museum donation of the Larry Paul Collection.

April 2006

Infrastructure: Making Pots in Trenton

Ever wonder how your Trenton pots were made? Or who made them? This is your opportunity to learn about clay-forming techniques, kilns and firing practices, glazes and decorating skills, and shop organization as practiced in Trenton, New Jersey, from the early days of William Rhodes' stoneware and John McCully's redware potteries to John Maddock's hotelware and Walter Lenox's fine china dinnerware in the twentieth century.

April 2005

Filling America's Cupboards

The Potteries of Trenton Society will be holding its second annual spring symposium, Filling America's Cupboards: New Jersey's Nineteenth-Century Earthenwares, on April 9, 2005 at the New Jersey Historical Society.

March 2004

Stoneware Symposium

Early Stoneware in New Jersey and New York: Origins of an American Industry. The Potteries of Trenton Society and The New Jersey Historical Society will collaborate in bringing key scholars and collectors of domestic stonewares together for the first time in many years. The day-long symposium will explore the genesis and early growth of the American stoneware industry in the Northeast—including New Jersey stoneware production in Cheesequake, the Kempel potters of Ringoes, the Richards stoneware pottery in Trenton, and stoneware potters in lower Manhattan.

October 2000

The Potteries of Trenton Society (POTS) is hosting "Dish Discovery Day," an afternoon of pottery and china identification. Bring in your mystery ceramics and ask our panel of experts, "What is it?" The panel will include POTS members who are curators, collectors, and archaeologists. Please bring pottery and china only.