Collection ath-2148 - Athabasca Pottery Discovery Day collection

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Athabasca Pottery Discovery Day collection

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CA ATH ath-2148

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  • 2009 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records. -- 6 posters. -- 3 artifacts.

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(1964 - 1968)

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Athabasca Clay Products was a business that operated in Athabasca, Alberta from 1964 - 1968. All items were made from local red clay. Pottery was distributed from numerous gift shops in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, including one on Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.

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The fonds consists of newspaper articles, magazine articles, e-mails between Conrad Biernacki and Marilyn Mol, financial information, a press release, bookmarks, the event program which contains historic information, and thank-you letters. The magazine articles, written by Conrad Biernacki, are in the May/June and July/August 2009 editions of Discovering Antiques edited by Jan Mather. The posters were designed by Jen Luckay, an employee of Athabasca University. The artifacts include bricks and brick pieces and a shard from a turned pot from Claude Thillett's Brickyards (1912-c1919). The potter was probably Ewald Walden.

Pottery Discovery Day was special event was held June 21, 2009 in Athabasca and celebrated the use of Athabasca's clay, in both pottery and brick form, from 1909 to the present. Athabasca Clay Products (ACP) 1964-1968, founded by Ed Polanski, was emphasized. Guest speakers included organizer Conrad Biernacki, Royal Ontario Museum; Cathy Roy, Royal Alberta Museum; Carrie-Ann Lunde, Alberta Museums Association; Marilyn Mol, Athabasca Archives; collectors Gene and Gail Sabo; founding potter of ACP Alfred Messerli of Switzerland; former employees Ed Pohranychny, Terry (Knittle) Rains, and Dorothy Nielsen; and Athabasca Pottery Club member, Rosie Guay.

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Athabasca Archives collected the textual material and includes a donation from Robert Tannas. Bricks were donated by Anne Kuzyk, and Murray Spence, and brick pieces by Tony and Madelaine Roskewich.


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Ed Polanski fonds, Dr. Adrianus Mol fonds

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The Athabasca Archives also has a display collection of 73 items created by Athabasca Clay Products. 07.42 is the accession number of those Athabasca Clay Products artifacts donated to the Athabasca Archives by the Royal Alberta Museum. See website: <a href="" target="_blank">;</a><br><br>Record No. 09.21 FFC , OS, Artifacts #196; 20.02 Athabasca Pottery Discovery Day June 21, 2009, planning materials including correspondence, budget, itineraries, and poster.

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Ath 20.01

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