Sept 23 & 24  2017

The Virginia Clay Festival

Watch how it's made.

Sunday, Sept 25 2016

Raku Firings
4 Kiln Openings by Blue Ridge Pottery including 1 with guest artist Nancy Ross

Demo Area A
10:30 - 11:30   D.D.Lecky - slip trailing & sgraffito
11:30 - 12:30   Betsy Curtiss - sculpting an animal
12:30 - 1:30    Kary Haun -  making a teapot
1:30 - 2:30   Ron Sutterer -  platters with crystalline glaze technique
2:30 - 3:30      Neal Reed - sgraffito
3:30 - 4:30      Ayla Mullen - mishima carved designs

Demo Area B
10:30 - 11:30  Susie Wilburn - draw & paint image on pottery
11:30 - 12:30  Jake Johnson - throwing a variety of forms
12:30 - 1:30   Nell Fredericksen - decorating with slip & leaf overlays
1:30 - 2:30    Deb Barr - sculpting and decorating
2:30 - 3:30    Beth Sperlazza - monoprint, screenprint & stencil
3:30 - 4:30    Hona Knudsen - big bowls thrown in two parts

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Saturday, Sept 24 2016

Raku Firings
4 Kiln Openings by Blue Ridge Pottery with first at 10:00

Demo AreaA
10:30 - 11:30   Steven Summerville - throw & decorate a whimsical pot
11:30 - 12:30   Becky Garrity - throwing "off the hump"
12:30 - 1:30    Seth Guzovsky - throwing pots & explaining ash glazes
1:30 - 2:30     Elizabeth Krome - a variety of shapes on wheel
2:30 - 3:30    Sarah McCarthy -  non traditional forms and shapes
3:30 - 4:30    Wendy Wrenn Werstlein - throw short and tall tumblers

Demo AreaB
10:30 - 11:30  Maggie Stultz - making pottery with slabs
11:30 - 12:30   City Clay Artist
12:30 - 1:30    Jennifer Paxton - how to make jewelry from clay
1:30 - 2:30      Trista Chapman - assembling a funky pot
2:30 - 3:30      Janice Arone - thrown and altered vessels
3:30 - 4:30     Randy Bill - handbuild mugs

What is it about clay that grabs the heart and imagination of so many people? Perhaps it’s because there is something so amazing about transforming a chunk of raw, muddy clay into something beautiful and functional like a mug to drink out of. There is great satisfaction in welcoming a handcrafted object into your everyday life, especially when you have met the person who actually made it.