We are very pleased to announce the return of one of our most popular events: the Annual Mulit-Kiln Opening (MKO) Extravaganza!
The event will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 11am-4pm and will coincide with a special exhibit in our fine craft gallery featuring each of our seven resident potters exhibiting BIG works. The MKO will take place in a large outdoor venue behind the our main facility, accessible through The Village Potters gallery, via a walkway from the front of Riverview Station, or via Foundy Street. The event is free to attend and will feature the exhibit and sale of works by each of the resident potters, live demonstrations, and kiln openings. These kilns include electric kilns, reduction kilns including the Rolland Portable Kiln, Raku kilns, and the Wood/Soda Ash Kazegama Kiln.
Demonstrations scheduled throughout the day will include Alternative Firing with Judi Harwood, Big Pot throwing by Julia Mann and Katie Meili Messersmith, and Surface Design by Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky. Sarah Wells Rolland and Lori Theriault are collaborating on a big pot that Sarah will have thrown by the event that Lori will be carving. Both will be there to discuss the process of both making the pot and creating the design you will see come to life at the MKO.
More details will be announced as the event date approaches, so watch this page, and you will also find pictures and videos previewing the upcoming events at The Village Potters Clay Center Facebook and Instagram pages (@thevillagepotters).
The Village Potters ceramic artists are Sarah Wells Rolland, Judi Harwood, Lori Theriault, Julia Mann, Christine Henry, Katie Meili Messersmith, and Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky, along with Director of Operations, Lindsey Mudge. They comprise an intentional Collective of potters who share a commitment to nurture creative exploration through education, experience, and community. The Village Potters includes a fine craft gallery, a Teaching Center offering ongoing classes in wheel and hand building for adults, an Advanced Ceramic Studies Program, an Online Study from Afar Program, and online demonstrations and workshops. The Village Potters Clay Center is an educational member of The Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands, is a part of the Blue Ridge Craft Trail, and is an official distributor for Laguna Clays.