McCoy Pottery Collectors Society
woke up to a clear day after my 400 mile trip to Ohio and was
as anxious to see my old friends as a kid on Christmas Day.
arrival had been late Saturday afternoon, so I was able to
do some visiting that night. Sunday, even more of the
McCoy Collectors group would be arriving and I just couldn't
was the 16th Annual Reunion of McCoy Pottery Collectors during
Pottery Week in Zanesville, Ohio - "Western Theme".
McCoy event dates: Registration on the 6th, our private auction,
July 15, our Banquet, July l0th...Koehler auctions on July
7th and 10th. Local events cover the entire week from July
4th through July 12th.
it all started: From a mention in the OMM newsletter (Our McCoy
Matters) in 1988, twelve McCoy collectors made plans to visit
the Pottery Festival in Zanesville, Ohio. We stayed in one
hotel and shared pictures of our collections, talk of finds
and made lasting friendships.
12 were: Left to right, front row: Bob and Dot MacIntyre, Joanne
Lindberg, Jean and Lyn Bushnell, Dewey and Quita Prestwood, back
row: Gil and Jean Burmester, Glenn Lindberg, George Williams, Jan
the days we were out hunting our beloved McCoy and occasionally we
ran into each other at different sites. The most notable meeting
during the day was seeing George Williams at the Ohio Ceramic Center
with his find of the year. He'd stumbled upon the Rare Leprechaun
cookie jar at a yard sale for 10.00. Jean and I suffered in amazement.
evenings were spent visiting each other's rooms, again comparing
notes on finds and where to look for what. Billie and Nelson McCoy
graciously met with the group and made the trip memorable for everyone. This
was only the beginning of the annual trek in July to Zanesville for
Pottery Festival for us. Each year the group has grown in number.
Pottery Week of 2002 we decided to incorporate and became The "McCoy
Pottery Collectors Society" to insure that the group continues
for years to come. 2003
was no exception…This was the best reunion ever. As you can
see by the photos below, a great time was had by all - and we can
hardly wait until next year!
display at the Ohio Ceramic Center.
These items are from Billie McCoy's personal collection.
Bob & Dot
John & Colleen
and Roy Demory
Ornstein and Mal Anderson
Quita & Frank
and Becky Snyder
Quita & Frank
Poolas (MPCS Pres.)
of the James Gang - Best Costumes
to right: Tony Harrington, Quita, Glenn Lindberg, Ed Alexander
Koehler's Lindberg Auction during Pottery Week - & A Few Misc.
Auctioneer Jeff Koehler
what I found
at the Festival!
Rare McCoy Bucaneer Mug
mobiles" designed by Billie McCoy,
however, they did not go into production. She said they were too
heavy and clunky to be wind chimes...so they became mobiles!
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