The Door County Potters’ Guild invites everyone to their annual studio tour, May 6 & 7, from 10 am to 5 pm. This year’s theme is “New Things In Spring,” and nine unique studios on the peninsula are participating. The potters welcome guests to their studios and galleries to see new work created over the winter. Each gallery features their own distinct styles and techniques ranging from traditional wood firing to contemporary experiments with form and color. Maps for the event can be found at DoorCountyPottersGuild.com or at any participating studios. Here’s a peek at what to expect at each studio/gallery.
Ellison Bay Pottery opens its 43rd season with a special exhibit called The Treasured Teapot. The gallery will host a “tea” with special tea selected by Karen and Lynn of Tea Thyme and showcase John Dietrich’s new teapots and tea bowls. John spent the off-season re-imagining and re-creating his teapots, teacups and mugs.
Gills Rock Pottery invites the community to see all their latest works.
Lynn LaLuzerne begins her third season at Lynn’s Pottery in Door County. Enjoy her new pottery, Door County wine and chocolates.
At Clay Bay Pottery, Jeanne and David Aurelius have been creating impressions of Door County on clay, as well as capturing images of memories from their travels to Arizona and California this winter. They invite guests to see their new work ranging from mugs, plates, bowls and lamps to ladies in high style. Refreshments will be served.
Resident potter Ryan Pederson is now officially the new owner of Ephraim Clayworks. Stop by to see all the new changes he has made over the winter and to view his new work.
Visit with Tony and Renee at TR Pottery to see pottery in all stages of production.
Off the Wheel Pottery is excited to show new work by resident potters Renee Schwaller and Greg Pieper. They will also show new work by several returning potters and two new potters to the gallery: Prisca Fitschur of Sturgeon Bay and Ira Burhans of Dunedin, Fla. Snacks and demonstrations will be provided throughout the weekend.
Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery will host guest potter, Pat Black, from Iron Mountain, Mich., from 10 am to 5 pm. Come listen and watch as Black walks guests through her creative process and how she incorporates found objects from her walks along the shores of the Great Lakes into her work. Enjoy snacks, wine and coffee all weekend, see the expanded gallery space and take a peek into Chad Luberger’s new studio space.
Lily Bay Pottery is resident potter Linda Sheard’s studio beside her home on Lake Michigan’s Lily Bay. The colors and patterns found in the water, sky, sand and woods near her home are often found in her work. She primarily uses stoneware clay and wood ash glazes.