Uncovering the Legend of Stella Bodey — my upcoming seminar at Arizona Tiki Oasis, April 23-26, 2020

stella bodey history at arizona tiki oasis 2020I’m heading to Arizona Tiki Oasis again — and this year, I’m doing some real history, sharing my research on the early tiki mug designer Stella Bodey. I’m pretty excited about my seminar talk and what I’ve been able to find out about this mystery woman of tiki — I’ve always especially enjoyed digging in to find out more about designers who did not get much recognition in their day and whose contributions might otherwise be lost to history. Arizona Tiki Oasis, now in its second year, is again being held at the FABULOUS Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. I went last year, and it was a pretty darned special place — and event. My lecture is Friday >>

Here’s the writeup on my lecture, featured here on the Arizona Tiki Oasis site:

Uncovering the Legend of Stella Bodey with Pam Kueber

Stella Bodey Tiki mugs are among the rarest, early “crypto” tiki mugs and featured prominently in Oceanic Arts’ “Holy Grail” case. But who was this woman and her company, Spurlin Ceramics? Pam Kueber shares never-known-before details of Stella Bodey and her Tiki mugs that were featured in several places, including The Islander and The Tahitian in Los Angeles and the Mahi Mahi in Tennessee. See the last few known photos of this mystery woman of Tiki, learn about her company, and learn how her very distinctive mugs fit into the early history of Tiki.

Perhaps I will see you there?

Repeating the link love:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I just purchase my seminar ticket and I hope we will see each other there. I’m so excited because I heard that Jon Arvizu also present on April 24th at Lobby.

  2. Bette Jean says:

    Hiya Pam, I went last year after reading about it on your blog. The Valley Ho rooms were sold out, but we still enjoyed it for the activities. A must do is the guided tour of the hotel. Your talk was wonderful and enjoyed meeting you. Your Pal, Bette Jean

  3. Ronda Vallejo says:

    I recently ran across a great artisan who took the doorbell from his childhood home, cast it and now produces them for sale. He’s also doing Mid Century Modern drawer pulls.
    I’m not sure what the process is for suggesting a post, so I thought I’d just leave a comment.
    I think all of your vintage/MCM enthusiasts would really enjoy these. Ronda

  4. Ronda Vallejo says:

    I saw that post and I love it, but it’s not the same company. I could add a link, but I wasn’t sure if I should in comments, or if you’d rather check it out before deciding to post. I think he’s fairly new, but has been promoted by Starlight Homes in Austin, TX.

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