Elizabeth Lees announced that she has formed a partnership with Meg Wendy to produce the 2014 edition of the New York Ceramics Fair, January 22-26. It will mark the 15th anniversary of the fair, which focuses on ceramics and glass from the 17th through the 21st centuries. The show is held at the historic Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street in New York City, and the opening night preview on Tuesday, January 21, will start Americana Week in the city.
Lees, who with her husband, Bill Caskey, founded Caskey-Lees in 1985, has produced shows on both coasts. Caskey can no longer travel to New York City, so Lees asked Meg Wendy to join her for the Ceramics Fair, knowing of Wendy’s vast experience in producing antiques fairs in New York City.
Meg Wendy and her mother, Diane, built an empire of antiques shows in New York City and around the country in dozens of venues. When Meg Wendy retired in 2008, she launched New Focus On (www.newfocuson.com), an on-line showcase for jewelry, arts, design, antiques, and travel that also reports news and events in the art world.
“When Liz asked me to join her, I couldn’t resist,” said Wendy, happy to return to the show business. “The Ceramics Fair is one of my favorite fairs. I will enjoy the challenge of reaching out to a younger audience,” she said. “This year more contemporary works as well as more English wares will be added to the mix.”
Wendy said that in addition to scholarly lectures, the show will feature New York interior decorator Mario Buatta, who will speak on his personal collection, and the New York School of Interior Design will have a panel discussion on decorating with ceramics and glass. More than 25 top-tier galleries from the U.S. and Britain will participate in the fair, including some who have never before exhibited in Manhattan.
Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest