ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Pottery Lovers Show and Sale is in full swing this week at the Holiday Inn Express in Zanesville.
The show and sale started on Thursday and will end Saturday. About 60 different dealers and collectors filled the three floors of the hotel with pottery collections from all over, including vintage pottery made right here in Zanesville.
“I started collecting pottery in the 1980’s and a friend of mine told me about Ohio and of course I collected Roseville pottery, which was made in Zanesville, Ohio. I also liked Weller, and other pottery made in this area. There were like 456 potteries operating in Zanesville in the 1800’s into the early 1900’s. We came here because this is where it was made. We wanted to learn as much as we could,” pottery collector and seller Patti Bourgeois said.
Bourgeois has traveled over 15 hours every year from Massachusetts to attend this event. This is her 32nd year. She has made friends every year from attending and enjoys meeting all the new collectors and sellers.
“Every single year we have people that are new to this. New collectors that have just started. They’re as surprised as I was 32 years ago when I arrived. I can see the same look on their faces. They are overwhelmed to see everything that they never expected. It’s hard to imagine what to expect when you’re new to this, but we’ve had new people coming in and everybody is super excited,” Bourgeois said.
The event will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Dealers and collectors will be happy to talk to you about their showcased pottery.