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Former Alfred University student’s art featured on Antiques Roadshow episode

A ceramic vase created by a former Alfred University student was featured in a recent episode of the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow.


ALFRED, NY – A ceramic vase created by a former Alfred University student was featured in a recent episode of the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow.

The Antiques Roadshow episode, titled “Women’s Work,” is described as celebrating “outstanding contributions from female athletes, artists, activists and more who left an indelible mark on the world around us through their thought-provoking objects and accomplishments.” The episode originally aired on July 6.

Link to Antiques Roadshow “Women’s Work” episode. (Alfred University is mentioned at about the 27-minute mark.)

In the “Women’s Work” episode, a show host analyzes a family heirloom ceramic vase created by renowned 20th century ceramic artist Leona Nicholson, who enjoyed a career as an artist, designer and teacher in New Orleans, LA, from 1900-1965.

Nicholson was a student at Newcomb College in New Orleans in the late 1890s before briefly enrolling in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, which the show’s host described as “a very prestigious school.” She returned to Newcomb and, according to the show host, made the vase in about 1908.