Hands-on Appreciation The 41st Annual Clayfolk Pottery Show & Sale
Hands-on experiences teach in a way mere words cannot. This lesson is known well by sculpture, pottery, garden art and other medium artists from Oregon and Northern California participating in the Clayfolk Pottery Show and Sale at the Brammo Building in Talent November 18 through 20. Live artist demonstrations will even give onlookers a near hands-on experience.
“What you will see is a wide variety of ceramics made by over 70 potters,” says Clayfolk Show Chair Shirley Huft. “Some create using hand building techniques, some throw on the wheel and some utilize both. Firing and glazing techniques are often unique to each potters due to vary firing temperatures, types of kilns and glaze colors and applications.”
Clayfolk was founded in 1976 “to promote the work of local and regional potters and to make the art of clay accessible to our community,” says Clayfolk member John Dodero.
With live music to open the event on Friday, artist booths will display handmade artwork available for purchase the entire weekend. The next two days involve a Kids Clay area and live artist demonstrations from Tea Duong, Sandy Brown, Michale Fromme, and more.
Other artists present at the show are Hannah Brehmer’s cone 10 firings, Bob Johnson’s drippy, wood ash stoneware, and and Cheryl Weese’s cartoon-inspired pottery.
In partnership with the Empty Bowls Program, artists donate pottery at the end of the event, “which is then divided and picked up by the Empty Bowl organizers from Jackson and Josephine County,” says Huft. Clayfolk awards the Ellice T. Johnston Scholarship for the Ceramic Arts to a college or art student every year, as well as sets up educational workshops.
“The show, managed and run by the potters themselves, presents a unique opportunity for the public to see a wide range of pottery styles as well as to interact with the artists,” says Dodero.
41st Annual Clayfolk Show & Sale
4 – 9 pm, Fri. 10 am – 7 pm, Sat. 10 am – 4 pm, Sun.
November 18 – 20
The Brammo Building, 300 West Valley View Rd., Talent