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June 2, 2010
The third annual spring artisan sale at the Pottery at Searchwell, 18839 Manor Church Road, Boonsboro, will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Potters Allison Severance and Blair Meerfeld will celebrate spring with the new pots from their spring firings. And with spring comes a new line of kitchen pots, including bean pots, bakers, casseroles, butter and cheese keepers, honey pots and large centerpiece bowls. Other handcrafted items from artisans will be available.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | February 16, 1998
Pottery piques director's interest WAYNESBORO, Pa. - James M. Smith digs up a lot of dirt in his quest for shards of old pottery. He takes the pieces back to his office for study, hoping to discover who made them 200 years ago. Smith, director of the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies, has become an expert in identifying pottery made in the 18th and 19 centuries in the Cumberland and Shenandoah valleys. He is particularly adept at picking out the works of John Bell, his son, John W. Bell, and other Bell family members, the most famous and prolific potters in the region in the 19th century.
NEWS
October 23, 2009
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.
NEWS
July 14, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Gettysburg resident Scott Swinn arrived just in time Monday morning to buy the last two commemorative John Bell pottery jug banks. The 125 jug banks on display at First National Bank in Waynesboro sold out in two hours. "I'm an artist myself, a carpenter, and I try to support the arts in the area," said Swinn, who bought the jug banks for his children. The jug banks are reproductions of a reddish-brown lead-glazed earthenware bank made by John Bell, who with his wife and four sons operated a pottery shop in Waynesboro from 1833 to 1900.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | July 21, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Dr. H. Eugene Comstock, a leading expert on pottery of the Shenandoah Valley, spoke about Hagerstown's roots in the craft on Sunday to about 40 people gathered at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The lecture stemmed from the exhibition, "Pottery from the Shenandoah and Cumberland Valleys," drawn from the private collection of Dr. George and Connie Manger, which has been on display since May in the museum's Fulton Gallery. The nearly 130-piece debut display heralds work by late 18th- and early 19th-century regional potters from Chambersburg, Pa., to Strasburg, Va. The Mangers, who have been collecting pottery for about 20 years, said they are drawn to the iridescence of the glazes and to the craft itself.
NEWS
June 10, 2004
The following antiques and collectibles experts will appraise items at Beaver Creek Antique Market's 20th anniversary celebration: Betty Bachtell of Hagerstown, jewelry Ellen Bercovici of Bethesda, Md., collectibles Susan Willis of Bethesda, Md., collectibles Bill McKenzie of Hagerstown, comic books and other paper products Linda Caricofe of Hagerstown, dolls and toys Judy Pomroy of...
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | March 12, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man told Washington Township Police that he paid $2,800 for what he thought was an original piece of pottery made by 19th century Waynesboro potter John Bell, court records said. Police have charged Cheri Stauffer of Curwensville, Pa., in Clearfield County with one count each of theft by deception and simulating objects of antiquity and rarity, according to court records in District Justice Shirley Shatzer's office.
NEWS
January 30, 2005
Name of business: Pottery by Me, and More ... Owner: Vicki Martin Address: Always Building, 1201 Dual Highway, Hagerstown Opening date: Nov. 6 Products and services: Hagerstown's first "paint your own pottery" studio. Ideal for birthday parties, office parties, showers and other events. Market area: Hagerstown and the surrounding area How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Wanted to offer, in Hagerstown, a new and fun, creative activity for everyone from young to old, to enjoy.
NEWS
September 11, 2007
Genealogy to be topic at presentation CLEAR SPRING - Basic genealogy with Jeff Korman will be presented at the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Korman who is associated with the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, will talk about genealogical research and available resources. To reserve space, call 301-842-2730. Author to talk about John Bell pottery CLEAR SPRING - Gene Comstock, author of the 1994 book, "Pottery of the Shenandoah Region," will be speaking about John Bell pottery and other pottery Thursday, Sept.
NEWS
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | August 9, 2009
FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- As a child in Munich, Germany, Hilda Eiber, 71, could often be found outside making mud pies. "That must have been foreboding," Eiber said with a laugh, her English still German-accented. Or it just could have been in her genes. Years later, Eiber found out her great-great-grandfather was a potter. Today, Eiber has been an artist for most of her life. She creates works in a variety of media including oils, watercolors, ceramic sculpture and art pottery.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013
Local potter Christine Souders has opened a pottery studio at Renfrew Museum and Park which holds her three-foot kiln and samples of her work. At this site she will be producing new pieces. The public is welcome to visit. Souders, originally from Hagerstown, has been intrigued by the medium of clay and remembers attempting to make pots as a child. As a young adult, she attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia studying graphic design and illustration. In 1993, after taking pottery classes at Hagerstown Junior College, she opened her own home studio in Mercersburg, Pa. Now living in Waynesboro with her husband, Howard, an antiques dealer, she has seen interest in her work soar, especially among collectors.
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Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | December 11, 2012
On Sunday at 10 a.m., the children and youth of Covenant Presbyterian Church will portray Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and Magi in a Christmas pageant that ends with a live nativity scene.  The children will be dressed in costumes. The preschool children will sing “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manager.”  The older children will recite a Christmas acrostic spelling out the meaning of C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. The children come from Hagerstown, Waynesboro, Pa., and Silver Spring, Md.  Adult teachers come from Hagerstown, Waynesboro, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Williamsport and Maugansville will lead the children.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2012
Name of business: The Little Pottery House Owner: Paula Bailey Address: 203 S. Princess St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Opening date: May 2012 Products and services: Paint-your-own pottery studio Target market: All ages How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? In 2009, I graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics. My dream has been to open a little paint-your-own pottery shop since my first pottery class.
NEWS
Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | April 1, 2012
The Elizabethtown East Chapter of Neighborhoods First will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Rocky's Pizza, 40 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Lions Club events Tuesday - Lions will attend the midday Holy Week Service at John Wesley Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St., in downtown Hagerstown. A lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches is available after worship. There is no regular meeting. The Hagerstown Lions Club's 89th anniversary celebration is Saturday, May 5, at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | March 15, 2012
Sharpsburg Girl Scout Troop 40051 participated in the Washington County Girl Scouts World Thinking Day Feb. 18 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.  The Sharpsburg troop chose the country of China for its booth.  Other troops represented countries such as Canada, Peru, Italy and the United Kingdom, and each troop came prepared with country flags, facts about the country, a snack food to share and handmade SWAPs, or...
NEWS
June 2, 2010
The third annual spring artisan sale at the Pottery at Searchwell, 18839 Manor Church Road, Boonsboro, will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Potters Allison Severance and Blair Meerfeld will celebrate spring with the new pots from their spring firings. And with spring comes a new line of kitchen pots, including bean pots, bakers, casseroles, butter and cheese keepers, honey pots and large centerpiece bowls. Other handcrafted items from artisans will be available.
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By ROSE BENNETT GILBERT / Creators Syndicate | December 18, 2009
Q: We collect midcentury pottery, a lot of which is white. We built in a wall of shelves and grouped them all together to make a "statement," as you advised in one of your columns, but it's not very effective. We've thought of painting the shelves, but we don't know what will work in our contemporary color scheme (mostly neutrals). A: A dark background will provide the "pop" you're seeking for your collection. We scouted around to find an example and came up with the pictured smart home office (borrowed from "Staged to Sell (or Keep)"
NEWS
October 23, 2009
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2009
New pottery works MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - New pottery works by Hilda Eiber will be displayed. Continues through Saturday, Sept. 5. Redbrick Gallery, 404 W. King St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. Call 304-261-1089. Art in the hallway Elisabet Stacy-Hurley, a Valley Art Association member, will display her paintings on hospital walls during September. Paintings may be purchased through the hospital gift shop. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary.
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