Potomac Clay Weekend: get out and explore your rivers!


The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers are waiting for you.  The C&O Canal and Appalachian Trail are in wildflower bloom.  Get out and explore!  By connecting with our own waterways, our watershed, we find a contentment and richness in or lives…it’s worth it.

***Potomac Clay Weekend Map***

Kirke Martin and M4 Studios, Bill Van Gilder Pottery, Lisa Kovatch Pottery, Pam and Ren Parziale and Sycamore Pottery, and Joy Bridy Pottery are all in their studios this weekend, looking forward to hearing about your adventures along the rivers and trails, and showing you their newest works.  See Pam’s traditional brushwork of birds, Lisa’s stylized carvings of nature’s vines and birds, Bill’s huts inspired by his time in Africa, Kirke’s wood fired aesthetics paired with spring’s branches, and Joy’s kinetic sculptures in action (workshop Sunday at noon).

And while you’re out and about, it’s also the second annual South Mountain Festival, the 7th annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration at Morgans Grove Park, Stony Field Farm’s kickoff farm day, Harpers Ferry Bolivar Art Walk, and the Jefferson and Berkeley County House and Garden Tour, for starts.  Something for everyone on this gorgeous April weekend….see you out there!


Children’s Clay Classes: Shepherdstown WV

Springtime is here, and for families, that means scheduling ‘summer camp’ experiences, at least one in art, for pending summer fun.  While I receive inquiries each spring, no youth summer camp happens here (so far…).  But lo-and-behold, look what showed up in the Shenandoah Potter’s Guild news feed today:

Summer Camps for Kiddos at Mud Peddler, located in Shepherdstown WV!

Denise hosts morning week-long summer camps, one day weekend workshops, and even a bit in jewelry and other mediums.  Take a peek, and give her a try….

mud peddler honey bees


Strictly Functional Pottery National: call for work

Strictly Functional Pottery National, for those of you who don’t recognize the name, is one of our region’s loveliest juried exhibitions of functional ceramics.  Hosted in Lancaster, PA, it is always a treat to see.  Jurors are top notch, the entry fee isn’t too steep, and there are prizes.


Here’s the important info to know for SFPN:

Application deadline: June 1, 2015

Online application at www.strictlyfunctionalpottery.net

Juror:  Matt Long

Opening Reception: September 25, with talk and slide show by Matt, located at Kevin Lehman’s Pottery

Workshop with Matt Long: September 26, 9a – 4p, at Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, $50

June 1 may seem a long ways away from these snowy days, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you’d like to enter, and get the camera out.  For clay artists, photography is a second art form, necessary evil, another chance to develop your artistic eye, or you may have your own special curse for the task.  (smile)  Take time to look at lots of other people’s images, and when you see images that you like, call up the maker, or send them an email, asking how they did it.  We’re a surprisingly friendly bunch…

Face Mug Workshop: Berkeley Springs Ice House


Face Mugs made during an Ice House workshop with Crawford Horne

Face Mugs made during an Ice House workshop with Crawford Horne

Spice up Valentine’s Day with a Face Mug workshop at Berkeley Springs’ beloved Ice House Gallery.  Crawford Horne, Berkeley Springs potter, will bring pre-made mugs (or you can hand build your own), and lead you through the technical aspects of sculpting a face.  Wine and snacks are provided, or you can bring your own.  Your mug will then be bisque fired, glazed, and fired again, before returning to you….ready for your morning coffee!

Corks and Creations: Face Mug Workshop

Saturday, February 14, 4-6:30 pm at the Berkeley Springs Ice House

$35 for MAC members, $40 for non-members

call 304.258.2300 to register

As Thistle Glen Pottery, Crawford makes functional pottery influenced by his heritage and travels. His work is fired in his unique bourry box wood kiln, as well as a small gas kiln, and can be seen during the Berkeley Springs Studio Tour weekends, at the Ice House Gallery, and soon as part of the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market, where he shares a booth with his wife, Leigh, and her lovely home-grown produce.  (visit Thistle Glen Pottery on Facebook)


WV Potter’s Gathering: 35th year

Who knew?  As an annual gathering of clay folks, this gathering seems to be one well kept secret!  On a whim, I contacted Gary Shaffer (WV potter), and he was kind enough to send images of the flyer my way via facebook, and answer my questions about what to expect during the three day event.  Amazingly, there is absolutely no online presence for this gathering, and it is basically a word-of-mouth event, so consider yourself invited by this now-in-the-loop WV potter!

35th Annual West Virginia Potter’s Gathering

February 13-15, 2015

Cedar Lakes Craft Center, Ripley WV

Presenter: Antoinette Badenhorst

Antoinette Badenhorst presents for the 35th Annual West Virginia Potter's Gathering

Antoinette Badenhorst presents for the 35th Annual West Virginia Potter’s Gathering

While Gary has assured me that the gathering is a laid-back opportunity to network with other clay artists, the event starts with a Friday Night Potluck. Bring a dish to share, meet some folks, and enjoy a presentation by Antoinette about her work/life/inspirations.  Saturday is usually a day of demonstrations, discussion circles, a room to show and sell pots and supplies, and plenty of conversation, ending with a party for all.  Capitol Clay in Charleston brings supplies and tools for anyone interested, and you can special order from them online in advance for delivery at the gathering.

Sunday is more presentations and conversations, and folks can wander off after lunch, or stay for the afternoon, depending.  (Thanks again, Gary, for the info!)

Fees for the weekend can be as low as $52 for a ‘student commuter’ or as much as $324 for tuition/room/board.  Food is cafeteria, and there are options of just tuition, tuition/room, or tuition/room/board.  There are refrigerators and stoves in most buildings, and some folks bring their own food to cook together.

Gloria is the person to contact for registration and more info: Gloria-greg (at) Hotmail (dot) com or 304.372.7860

Looking forward to seeing you there!