Happy Election Day!
This is a reminder about the Artisans Studio Tour this coming weekend – November 12 & 13. Join me this coming weekend at Mary Beth Bellah’s studio (#15) during the 22nd Annual Artisans Studio Tour. Twenty-three area artisans will open their studios, where they will be joined by guest artisans from around Virginia. In all, forty-two people will show their work. The Tour runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm this weekend, November 12 & 13.
Mary Beth Bellah is a quilt artist whose work involves a combination of cotton, wire, recycled elements and thread. According to Mary Beth, she has quite a broad interpretation of the word ‘quilt.’ Her pieces, which can be freestanding or wall-mounted, have always intrigued and delighted me, and I am excited by the prospect of spending the weekend with her in her studio. You can preview her work at her website – MaryBethBellah.com Mary Beth’s studio (Number 15 on the Artisans Studio Tour map) is about three miles south of Charlottesville, just off Route 29. A map, directions, and other details about the Artisans Studio Tour are all at Artisanstudiotour.com
I’ll be showing pots from the final firings in my old Nelson County salt and stoneware kilns. I got lucky with the last firings, and have some great new pots for the Tour. Those kilns have been dismantled into piles of bricks and materials, awaiting reconfiguration as new kilns for some local pottery friends. Meanwhile, Carter and I are buying a house in Charlottesville, and making plans for a new studio and kiln there. For now, I’m potting in my City Clay studio and also teaching classes there. With luck, my new kiln will be up and running sometime next Spring. Details and photos of the new place will follow.
If you can’t make it to the Studio Tour, you will have another chance to see my newest work during City Clay’s Annual Holiday Open House at City Clay on November 19 & 20 (the weekend following the Studio Tour). The Holiday Open House runs 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. I’ll be there all day on Saturday. The weekend display features work by teachers, staff, members and students at City Clay. There are directions and details at Cityclaycville.com
And finally, if neither of those weekends work, you’re welcome to drop by City Clay any time to see my ongoing display of work. Just look for the white cube shelf in the throwing classroom.