Friday, June 3, 2016

Flashback Friday- HLCCA Conference 2010

Flashback Friday is on the road again as HLCCA’s Conference 2010 brought Rosie the Riveter, polka dots, and the Mad Potter’s Teapot Party to Nashville! Let’s revisit the fun.   
Conference 2010
Location: Nashville, Tennessee (Millennium Maxwell House Hotel) 
Dates: July 15–18, 2010
• Welcoming mixer: “Mad Potter’s Teapot Party”
• 4 seminars
• Friday night consignment auction
• Show and Sale
• Judged exhibits
• Floral arrangement competition
• Tablescape competition
• Awards banquet 
• Post-banquet auction
• Business meeting and closing session 

Judged Exhibits: 

Homer Laughlin’s Suntone and Skytone—exhibited by Jerry Lefever
A display of pieces from HLC’s 1950s Suntone and Skytone lines, which combined Jubilee’s shape with two-tone colored clay construction.
Homer Laughlin’s Colored Clay Kraft Shapes —exhibited by Jerry Lefever
Kraft Blue pieces from HLC’s 1937 colored clay line. 
Old Roman—exhibited by Jeff Kolodey
An overview of the Homer Laughlin Old Roman pattern dinnerware. 
Century of Style with Homer Laughlin — exhibited by Brad Carnes
HLC produced its Century shape from 1930–51; this display highlighted some popular service pieces for coffee, tea, and breakfast.
Anniversary Celebration —exhibited by Jennifer Flory
This exhibit commemorated the tenth anniversary of Fiestaware 2000, designed by Jonathan Parry. 
Fabulous Fifties Fiesta — exhibited by Michael Bailey
Fiesta’s color line-up changed extensively in the 1950s to reflect the tropical color tastes in fashion at that time; this display focused on those colors: rose, chartreuse, gray, and forest green. 
“Business Meeting/You and Your HLCCA” — HLCCA Board of Direc tors
“A Dish Husband’s Addiction to Southwest Designs” — Jeremy Stein
“Come On Over to My Place: Collectors’ Show and Tell” — Daphne Durham
“Conversation with HLC” — Dave Conley 

Keynote Presentation: 
Dr. Fran Carter, Dr. John Carter, and Mildred Crow-Sargent: “Rosie the Riveter”
Grand Award: Michael Bailey
Gold Awards: Michael Bailey, Brad Carnes, Jeff Kolodey.
Silver Awards: Jennifer Flory, Jerry Lefever (2) 
People’s Choice Award:  Michael Bailey
Floral Arrangement People’s Choice Award: Ryan Goldner
Tablescape People’s Choice Award: Elaine Epperly
Best Dish Article: Sue Bishop, “Field of Dreams?”
Homer and Shakespeare Award: Saarin Schwartz
President’s Award: Pat Keith
What a Dish—Best Banquet Costume: Elaine Epperly
Raspberry Award: Sheri Wadkins

Conference exclusive pieces and gifts: 
Scarlet and white polka dot dinner plate and salad plate (marked as Conference exclusives)
Centerpieces: Rosie the Riveter disk pitchers
Ornaments: Rosie the Riveter (courtesy HLC)
First Fire Paprika (courtesy HLC)
Sunflower spoon rests with banjo decal (mixer)


New this year was the first Conference tablescaping competition, which joined the already popular floral arrangement competition. Sixteen competitors took part in the inaugural event. Attendees voted for their favorites in each category and winners received a “People’s Choice” award. 

Attendees were seeing spots with the introduction of HLCCA’s exclusive scarlet and white polka dot collection, a perfect match to the iconic red and white polka-dot scarf worn by Rosie the Riveter. Attendees each received a specially-marked dinner plate and a salad plate at the banquet. Those items and matching mugs will be produced for future purchase. 

The opening mixer was a delightful presentation mash-up of Nashville style and Through the Looking Glass themes. Costumes included several Mad Hatters and Queens of Hearts, while others opted for cowboy boots, hats, and fringe. Games included Flamingo Croquet and the Mad Potter’s Drawing Table. The remarkable Pottery Cat reigned over all the fun festivities! 
The HLCCA’s 1942 commemorative juice pitcher was unveiled: Rosie the Riveter on white. 
HLC donated a raspberry presentation bowl to the Saturday night auction, with proceeds going to support the Association’s educational and charitable endeavors (it sold for $5,300!). 

- submitted by Kathy Holley and David Schaefer

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