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Welcome to our 27th Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour !


 


“The Pottery Tour - A Minnesota Tradition”

The 27th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 10, 11, 12, 2019 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 55 accomplished guest potters from around the nation. Each has been invited by their host potter especially for this weekend event.

Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters' individual studio sales, “The Tour” is hosted by eight of Minnesota’s career studio pottery professionals. They take pride in maintaining its welcoming "open house" hospitality at their various studios. The event has grown to be a once-a-year opportunity to lay your hands on thousands of pots and to meet and talk with a total of 63 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 "New potters every year along with our known favorites”.

The seven host pottery sites are: Jeff Oestreich's early Minnesota farmstead remade into home and studio, Ani Kasten's pottery gallery-in-a-barn, Linda Christianson's unique studio and reclaimed log home nestled in a clearing in the woods, Richard Vincent's oak-shaded backyard studio, Janel Jacobson and Will Swanson's studio close by Wild River State Park, Guillermo Cuellar's hilltop home and studio overlooking the St. Croix River, and Matt Krousey's picturesque, woodland home and studio.

"The Tour" has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of distinctive, ceramic expression. This year the potters are coming from seventeen states and England. They are bringing a wide range of handmade ceramics to offer for sale. Their work ranges from functional simplicity to decorative and/or sculptural expression, from rustic to refined, from whimsical to sublime.

Visiting potters repeatedly say that they enjoy the knowledgeable and appreciative audience that they find in Minnesota. The energy invested in months of creative handwork seems to be matched by the anticipation and appreciation of visitors. 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. “The Tour” is a self-supporting arts event and each year a portion of the proceeds is donated to local, regional, or national arts and educational projects.

 

In 2014 The American Craft Council produced a video and interviewed the
Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour host potters.

To view the video, click:  >> Video <<

To listen to the interviews "Stories Potters Tell: Clay and Community in the St. Croix Valley",
by Jessica Shaykett:
Click:  >> A Measure of the Earth: an Oral History of the Potters of the St. Croix River Valley, Minnesota <<



 
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