2014 Convention
Nashville, Tennessee
September 26-28, 2014
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of NATS!

The central location of Middle Tennessee attracted Torquay enthusiasts from both coasts as well as the " middle." Those who arrived Thursday enjoyed a nice trip into nearby Franklin's historic Main Street district that included several good antique shops and lunch in a seafood restaurant. Several members also included a stop at the Grand Ole Opry, toured Nashville's Downtown music district and discovered Nashville's amazing duplication of the Parthenon.

Sharon Gros hosted an Open House on Thursday evening Sept. 25. Dennis & Sharon's log hoome sits on top of a mountainn in 17 acres . The excellent dinner was a traditional Nashville "a meat 'n' three" included bar-b-que, turnip greens, field peas, fried okra, cornbread and Jack Daniels Tipsy Cake. Sharon also created a unique game. For those who participated this was an "eewww" and "aahhh" session with her collection.

President Barb Paul opened the AGM with distribution to the members present of new silver name tags (designed and obtained by Claudia Hutchins) and a new beautifully illustrated book "Celebrating 25 Designs, Torquay Pottery". The book is available through the website for $25 ($20 for members after their 20% discount).
The Board also approved an amendment to the By-Laws to include specific criteria for the award of Life Memberships. Board members for 2014-2105 are as listed on this website ( Contacts).

Bob Collier made an excellent presentation on the Branham Pottery supported by some incredible pots from his own collection.   Brenda Kimber gave a very informative talk on eBay Highlights with examples of recent Torquay sales.

This year we had extraodinary raffle prizes.


The Silent Auction tables attracted a wide raange of pots and, as always, the final bidding moments were hectic scenes of competetive members


Ian and Brenda Kimber shared the responsibilty for answering members' questions re their Mystery Pots.


We appreiate the support that we receive each year from vendors in the Sales Mall.


The hotel relied on an attached restaurant for catering services,The Granite Restaurant who provided us with box lunches for the President's Lunch and an excellent dinner for our closing celebration. Barb announced that the Board had approved the dates and locations for both the 2015 convention and the 2016 Convention. Further details on both these conventions will be posted on the website and in the Collector Magazine as they become available.