Downtown Benton Inc. and Rend Lake College will present a series of antique workshops Saturday, June 3, at The Buzz in Benton as part of the Downtown Benton Antique Street Festival and Appraisal Show.
A session on pottery will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. with instructor Ron Wilson. The familiarity with beautiful objects has inspired today’s collectors, and those interested in pottery will likewise be inspired by this class. Students will learn about pottery, the manufacturing process and its history and will hear about vendors and manufacturers.
Instructor Mark Kennedy will lead a session on precious metals from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., focusing on evaluation, research and pricing of precious metals. The class will provide students with interesting, necessary and valuable information on procedures for performing the search on an antique, methods to determine its value, overall condition and related issues.
The final session of the day, led by instructor Chester Wisely, will focus on glassware and will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of glass objects. Participation in this workshop will provide students with information for the identification and evaluation of antique glassware.
The cost is $5 per class per student, and seating is limited to 25 students per class. To register for any or all of these workshops, contact the Rend Lake College Community Education Department at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267 or 1367, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 or 1367.
The first annual Antique Street Festival and Appraisal Show goes on from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3 at the Illinois Public Square in Benton. Six local antique stores and antique street vendors will be on hand. Attendees can bring items in, with the exception of guns, coins and stamps, for appraisal of fair market value.