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    Welcome to our 23rd Annual Potters' Tour and Sale!    
Saint Croix River  

The 23rd Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 8, 9, & 10, 2015 to seven pottery studios. Each studio/pottery is just a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be visited in a single day.

This springtime, self-guided tour is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery. It is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters.  Always held on Mothers' Day weekend, "The Tour" is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, you can meet forty-seven accomplished guest potters from around the nation who have been invited especially for this weekend event.

Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters' individual studio sales, "The Tour" has maintained its welcoming "open house" hospitality. It has grown to be a once-a-year place to lay your hands on thousands of pots and to meet and talk with a total of fifty-four potters. This friendly, face-to-face connection between makers and users of pottery has proven satisfying to visitors and potters alike. Visitors have reported finding, "Unexpectedly warm hospitality", "The highest quality anywhere", and "Stuff that I can afford and is American made".

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

"The Tour" has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of accomplished, ceramic expression. Visiting potters repeatedly say that they enjoy the knowledgeable and appreciative audience that they find in Minnesota. This year the potters are coming from eighteen states. They are bringing a wide range of handmade pottery to offer for sale. Their work ranges from everyday functional to decorative and/or sculptural, from rustic to refined, from whimsical to sublime. One visitor remarked about his day in the country, "It's the kind of event where you want to bring your friends along so you can talk about what you saw!"

The seven pottery studios are located in the upper St. Croix River valley, in Chisago County, less than a one hour drive from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Admission to all the studios is free and open to everyone.

As a way of saying "thank you" for the enthusiastic support we experience with this event, a portion of the proceeds each year is donated to arts and educational projects.

  Saint Croix River

Check out this recent American Craft Council video:

Stories Potters Tell: Clay and Community in the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour

Join Ben Carter, host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, for a live taping with Minnesota artists! Carter, a potter based in Santa Cruz, CA, has been hosting the podcast since 2012 and has interviewed leaders in the field such as Michael Simon, Garth Clark, and Julia Galloway, as well as various emerging artists. We are happy to welcome Ben to the St. Croix Valley for the weekend!"

The live taping is free and open to the public and will be hosted by Northern Clay Center. 
Thursday, May 14, 6 - 8 pm
2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis MN 55406
Registration is not required, but seating is limited. 
Watch NCC’s website for a list of guests and further details, www.northernclaycenter.org

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