Publications

Books



My first published poetry collection, From These Earthly Parts, came out in April 2009; it was about 15 years in the making and is really the book project of my heart. Now out of print but available on the secondary market.


Without stretching the truth at all, I can say I "wrote the book" on Lladró [Spanish] porcelain. My most recent Lladró book, just released mid December 2019, has revised and expanded content and remains the only book in print on this topic that isn't just a catalog. The book is in hard cover, which eliminates that annoying curl-up that happens with paperback books. Includes revised and expanded content, including many new photos and a new chapter on future directions for collectors and the company now that it has passed from family hands. You can order the book directly from the publisher, Schiffer Books, on Amazon or from your favorite bookstore using the ISBN 13 number 978-0764358395.

Warning: If you're looking for a catalog of every retired figurine Lladró ever made, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for beautiful, full-color photos of representative models and in-depth and well-researched information about Lladró and its history and production more than you can get in thumbnail photos with captions, and if you're looking for ways to tell genuine Lladró brands from imitations and counterfeits, this book is what you're looking for.





My second book on Lladró, A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró, includes information on the several Lladró brands and how to distinguish them from the work of less talented competing companies. Now out of print but available on the secondary market. (And don't pay the scalpers' prices some sellers are charging for it online!)


This first book, which came out in two editions in 2001 and 2003, is presently out of print and only available on the secondary market, sometimes at obscenely high prices over which I have no control and which I find at once oddly flattering and quite ridiculous.


This book celebrates Fenton Art Glass nature figurines, including animals, birds, and butterflies - a wide and colorful array! This publisher has gone out of business, and I am currently seeking a publisher for a revised edition, but you can still find this one at online booksellers.



At the request of collectors, I wrote this book on Fenton Art Glass fairy lamps, a Victorian form of small, safe light used in hallways in the days before gaslight and electricity. Fenton recreations of the form are beautiful and decorative. Again, this publisher has gone out of business and I am seeking a publisher for a revised edition.



Regular Columns

"Good Eye: A Collector's View of the Antiques and Collectibles Trade," published monthly and having appeared in AntiqueWeek (Central and Eastern editions) and Southern Antiques Journal. Currently, in this age of contracting publication in the field of antiques and collectibles, the column runs (since 2005!) monthly in Discover Vintage America.

"Living with Antiques," a monthly column ran in the publication Fifty-Plus that ran published monthly from March 2018 through March 2020, when, reluctantly, Fifty-Plus ceased publication. (Awfully hard to survive in the periodical publishing business these days!)

Feature Articles & Op-Eds

Regular feature articles on Fenton Art Glass in The Butterfly Net, publication of the Fenton Art Glass Collectors of America, at which I have also served as editor since 2013.

"Who Has the Real Lladró?" Southeastern Antiquing Magazine, June 2013

"Playing Jeopardy™ on eBay™: What Is Don't Touch the Merchandise?" Unravel the Gavel, 17:10, Nov. 17-Dec. 14, 2006.

"Everything Old Makes New Again," Unravel the Gavel, 17:3, Apr. 15-May 18, 2006

"What I'm Doing Here" [teaching at a community college], Community College Week, October 27, 2003.

"A Class Made of Fine Lines," Community College Week, July 7, 2003.

"The Order of Merit; Affirmative Action and 'Reverse Discrimination'", Community College Week, April 28, 2003.

"A Great Time to Teach Ethics" [op-ed piece], Community College Week, December 23, 2002.

"Helping Students Understand Plagiarism in an Electronic Age," Community College Week, July 8, 2002.

"Collecting Lladró Kittens and Cats," Cats & Kittens, vol. 4 no. 5, November 2001.

"Collectors Going Bonkers for Gonder Pottery," The Antiques News, Vol. 1 #11, September 2001

Is Anyone Besides Me Teaching the Basic English Skills?" Community College Week, August 6, 2001.

"Lladró: the Stuff of Dreams," The Antiques News, vol. 1 no. 9, July 2001.

"Jim Jeffords: Hero or Traitor?/A Vermonter Says She's Proud of Him" [op-ed essay], The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 May 2001.

"Collectors Favor More Than Hull's Art Pottery," March 2001 issue of Warman's Today's Collector.

"Secondary Market Tips for Lladró [porcelain] Collectors," October 1998 issue of Collector's Mart magazine.

"Shawnee Pottery; Where Corn Was King (and Queen!)" [feature article], Warman's Today's Collector, February 1998.

"And Now - NAO!" article on NAO by Lladró porcelain figurines, December 1997 issue of Collector's Mart magazine.

Poems

Poetry publications (1993-2001) in Xavier Review, Vermont Literary Review, Mediphors, Psychopoetica (Great Britain), Pudding Magazine, Byline, Re Arts And Letters, Mars Hill Review, The Eagle (Native American journal), and Theology Today (Princeton Theological Seminary).