Here are some pictures of our spacious classroom area of
about 525 square feet, capable of holding 24 students very comfortably in River
Grove. We have free parking available.
Please check our updated course schedules for class locations, dates and times
as we do hold classes periodically throughout the Chicago area in addition to
our main centrally located River Grove facility.
This is a view from the front looking across to the rear of the room
The view from the rear corner looking toward the front
Our kitchenette area complete with microwave, mini fridge, water cooler and sink
Of course there must be a place to hang your coat
On our south wall, we had three display cases built to showcase a portion of
our salt and pepper shaker collection. Each case is four by eight feet and
the big display area is two cases bound together for an impressive 8”X
8” exhibit. There are about 650 different pairs of shakers. We hope you enjoy
the picture included and invite you to stop by
and personally view the display since the pictures cannot do them the
justice they deserve. Many are truly little works of art.
This single display case houses Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter
related shakers. Also included are many varieties of birds and some popular
comic and cartoon characters.
A close-up of Christmas shakers
Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter
The rest of the small case
Here is the larger exhibit case featuring a broad cross section of the human,
animal, plastic and whimsical condition
Noah's Ark with over a dozen animal pair of shakers
top two shelves show some Salt & Pepper Novelty Shakers Club (of
course we are proud members) annual convention sets, the third shelve has
many different advertising sets (Doug Dohrn's personal favorite
category) and the bottom shelve shows beautiful hand painted sets from
Japan, most of which were made in the 1920's and 1930's
top shelve has a Native American Nativity scene with more than one dozen
theme pairs. The middle shelve has a sampling of Ceramic Arts Studio, a
now defunct company who operated in Madison Wisconsin shortly after World
War II for about 10 years (Most of there products were sold through
Marshall Field’s downtown store). The bottom shelve has pairs known as
"Huggables," many patented by a designer name Ruth Van Tellingen (Bendal).
shelf: here are some whimsical sets, Row #2 The Beatles through baseball,
Row #3 The Tasmanian Devil (Looney Tunes) decked out in 12 different NFL
uniforms (a complete set) and Row #4 a tropical display.
close-up of some plastic sets (top row) and gorgeous examples of Shawnee
Pottery on the bottom shelf
More whimsical sets, mostly created by a company called Clay Art
Dogs, cats and flowers, flowers, flowers
Finally, a full frontal view of the main display case