Seth Rogen donates a handmade vase of his to Stamford theatre for auction

Fans of comedic actor Seth Rogen now have the chance to own something handmade by the “Pineapple Express” star himself.

Stamford’s Avon Theatre and Film Center has received a ceramic vase created exclusively by Rogen for its Avon Auction, and it's up for bid, according to a press release. The vase is 6 inches tall with a multicolored design that “has a three-dimensional feel,” the release notes, as well as a “crackled glaze finish on the top.” The piece also has his first name signed on the bottom. 

Bidding is currently live and the starting bid is listed at $2,500, according to the auction website. Those who want a chance to own the Rogen-made ceramic will have until Nov. 15 to place their bids. 

Comedic actor Seth Rogen created a vase that is currently up for auction in the Avon Theatre and Film Center's 2021 auction. The vase also has his first name signed on the bottom. 

Comedic actor Seth Rogen created a vase that is currently up for auction in the Avon Theatre and Film Center's 2021 auction. The vase also has his first name signed on the bottom. 

Avon Theatre and Film Center / Contributed Photo

According to the Avon Theatre’s Director of Development and Marketing, Louisa Greene, the vase was obtained for the auction through a friend that the president of the board of directors for the Avon Theatre shares with Rogen. Greene said in an email that Cohen previously met Rogen in Stamford and had dinner together near the theatre. When he saw the theatre nearby, Greene said Cohen "told him about the mission of the Avon and our challenges to attract audiences during the pandemic."

Having a vase created by the actor part of the theatre's auction might help address some of those concerns, according to Greene.

“The donation of this beautiful piece of pottery created by Seth Rogen has already brought the Avon some wonderful publicity,” Greene said. “The theatre has been hit hard by the pandemic, and Seth’s donation will help bring awareness not only about the Avon’s need to raise monies but also remind the community our non-profit cinema is open.”

Greene said the non-profit is hoping that the handmade item donated by Rogen will prove beneficial to its fundraising effort. 

“Seth Rogen’s handmade ceramic vase is exquisite and truly is priceless,” she said. “He did donate a slightly larger vase that went for $10,000 in June 2021 in an online auction that benefited the Vancouver Art Gallery. We would love to see this price fetched in the Avon Auction.”

The Canadian comedian and philanthropist took to Twitter to urge potential bidders to place a bid on the vase he donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery auction in June, which had a bumpy exterior of orange and brown. According to TMZ, Rogen also signed his first name at the bottom of the one sold at the Vancouver Art Gallery Auction. 

While Rogen is largely known for his work in films such as “Knocked Up” and animated film series “Kung Fu Panda,” he has developed a penchant for pottery in recent years. In 2019, the actor told GQ Magazine that he and his wife, Lauren Mille Rogen, took pottery classes together and now finds working with clay to be a peaceful hobby. 

“There's something that's so therapeutic about it,” he told GQ. “It's like yoga, if you got a thing at the end. If you were doing yoga and then some object was produced at the end of it.”

Rogen shows off his pottery-making skills on his social media, often posting his brightly-colored, texture-rich vases on Instagram and Twitter. The ceramics take varying shapes, sizes and heights and use neon and primary colors to create a raised pattern resembling lava. 

For Greene, Rogen’s donation carries on a legacy of celebrity involvement aimed at keeping the theatre up and running. 

“What better gift to this iconic cinema than a work of art created by Seth Rogen, a beloved actor, comedian and screenwriter?” she said. “The Avon was blessed to have the patronage and of Gene Wilder for many years. Now the next generation of filmmakers is stepping up to help keep our independent ‘Main Street’ cinema vital. The Avon salutes Seth Rogen and his wife for their commitment to the arts, which uplift our spirits in difficult times like these.”