Uhl Collectors Society celebrates 35 yearsJuly 15, 2020
The Uhl Collectors Society celebrated its 35-year anniversary during its annual gathering held on June 26 and 27 in Huntingburg. President Russ Uhls presided at the gathering.
COVID-19 safety was on everyone’s mind with social distancing, masks and other measures in place.
The Uhl Collectors Society was formed in 1985 starting with 17 charter memberships. This year’s convention had 174 attendees for a dinner, auction and business meeting. A total of 48 pieces of Uhl pottery were put up for auction at the convention. The top selling item was a cat-shaped lamp base which sold for $525. A special Lucky 13 version of the annual commemorative sold for $325 with the proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
Academic scholarships of $400 also were awarded during the convention to Griffin Tuley of Lynnville, Audrey McDurmon of Evansville and Taylor Smith of St. Paul. This is the seventh year a scholarship was presented to a college-bound student related to a club member.
Uhl Pottery began producing housewares, crockery and art pottery in 1849 first in Evansville and then later in Huntingburg. After almost 100 years, the Uhl Pottery Company ceased producing the pottery and closed in 1944. The Uhl Collectors Society, currently with more than 200 members, has a mission is to exchange knowledge and education regarding the pottery and the history of the company.
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