Door County Art News: Potters Guild and Friends Exhibit at the Peninsula School of Art

Work by Jeanne and David Aurelius of Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay

The five potteries of the Door County Potters’ Guild have invited six potteries outside of the guild to join them in the exhibit, “Door County Potters’ Guild & Friends,” at the Peninsula School of Art, 3900 County Road F in Fish Creek. The exhibit, on display in the school’s Guenzel Gallery from November 14 through January 3, will include up to 165 works. The selection encompasses a wide range of ceramic techniques, personal style and materials.

The opening reception, on Saturday, November 15, from 5 – 7 pm, will also feature a “side show” with only guild members’ works. Unlike the pieces purchased within the main exhibit, “side show” works are “cash and carry” and do not have to be retained for display.

In past years, the Potters’ Guild has held group exhibitions at the Peninsula School of Art, but this is the first time that the event has become an invitational.

“This year, we wanted to give a very popular exhibit a new focus,” said Cathy Hoke-Gonzales, Peninsula School of Art Executive Director. “By doubling the amount of participants – some from outside the Door County area – we offer a wider view of the clay medium with notable contrasts in style for visitors to enjoy.”

Members of the Door County Potters’ Guild are: Clay Bay Pottery and Gills Rock Stoneware, both of Ellison Bay; TR Pottery and Potter’s Wheel Gallery, in Fish Creek; and Ephraim Clayworks in Ephraim.

Invitees include one out-of-state studio, Dineen Pottery of St. Paul, Minnesota, and five Wisconsin potteries. These include: White Earth Studio in Onalaska; Rich Agness, of Neenah; Plum Bottom Pottery and Off the Wheel Pottery, both of Egg Harbor; and Ellison Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay.

Activities for Peninsula School of Art’s Family Day, on November 15, will center around clay projects. From 10 am – 2pm, the public is invited to view ceramic artists demonstrate on the potter’s wheel and to make bowls for the school’s “Soup!” project to feed the hungry.

The reception and Family Day are both free and open to the public.

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