Pottery Tour coming up May 11-13

The 20th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, to seven pottery studios.  Each studio is a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be visited in a single day.

A self-guided tour, it is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery and is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters.

“The Tour” is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, you can meet 41 accomplished guest potters who have been invited for this weekend event.

Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters’ individual studio sales, “The Tour” has maintained its welcoming “open house” hospitality.

The seven host pottery sites are: Linda Christianson’s distinctive studio and log home nestled in a clearing in the woods, Guillermo Cuellar’s hilltop home and studio overlooking the St. Croix River, Connee Mayeron’s pottery gallery-in-a-barn just down the road from the Franconia Sculpture Park, Jeff Oestreich’s early Minnesota farmstead remade into home and studio, Richard Vincent’s oak-shaded backyard studio, Will Swanson and Janel Jacobson’s studio along the Sunrise River, and the picturesque, woodland setting of Robert Briscoe’s home and studio.

“The Tour” has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of accomplished, ceramic expression.  This year the potters are coming from 16 states bringing a wide range of handmade pottery to offer for sale.

Admission to all the studios is free and open to everyone.  Hours are Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5.

In appreciation of community support, each year the potters donate a portion of their sales to a local or regional, educational and/or arts resource organization.

Visit www.minnesotapotters.com  for a printable map, photos, and more information about this year’s participating potters or call 651-674-4555.

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