MONT ALTO, Pa. - The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies at Penn State Mont Alto will be offering the 10th piece in its annual series of Bell family pottery reproductions this fall. The series features one reproduction per year in a limited edition of 150.
This year's reproduction is a lidded salt-glazed stoneware canning jar with cobalt blue tulip decorations, created by the center's executive director and ceramist James Smith of Fayetteville, Pa. The original jar was made in John Bell's Waynesboro, Pa., shop between the mid-1850s and 1880.
Reservations for the reproduction John Bell canning jar may be placed through November by e-mailing the Nicodemus Center at email@example.com or by calling 717-762-4670. The cost to center members is $65 plus sales tax per piece and the cost to non-members is $70 plus sales tax. The reproductions will be available for pickup on from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, from at the center's pottery studio, Room 008, in the General Studies building at Penn State Mont Alto.