Classroom

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
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The view from the rear corner looking toward the front
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Our kitchenette area complete with microwave, mini fridge, water cooler and sink
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Of course there must be a place to hang your coat
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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
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Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter
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The rest of the small case
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Here is the larger exhibit case featuring a broad cross section of the human, animal, plastic and whimsical condition
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Noah's Ark with over a dozen animal pair of shakers
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The 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
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The 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).
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Top 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.
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A close-up of some plastic sets (top row) and gorgeous examples of Shawnee Pottery on the bottom shelf
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More whimsical sets, mostly created by a company called Clay Art
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Dogs, cats and flowers, flowers, flowers
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Finally, a full frontal view of the main display case
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