25th Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour
May 12 - May 14, 2017
The 25th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 12, 13, & 14, 2017 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 forty-nine accomplished guest potters from around the nation who have been invited especially for this weekend event.
Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters’ individual studio sales, “The Tour” has maintained its welcoming “open house” hospitality. It has grown to be a once-a-year place to lay your hands on thousands of pots and to meet and talk with a total of fifty-six 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 “Stuff that I can afford and is American made”.
The seven host pottery sites are: Linda Christianson’s distinctive studio and log home nestled in a clearing in the woods, Guillermo Cuellar’s hilltop home and studio overlooking the St. Croix River, Connee Mayeron’s pottery gallery-in-a-barn just down the road from the Franconia Sculpture Park, Jeff Oestreich’s early Minnesota farmstead remade into home and studio, Richard Vincent’s oak-shaded backyard studio, Will Swanson and Janel Jacobson’s studio along the Sunrise River, and the picturesque, woodland setting of Robert Briscoe’s home and studio.
“The Tour” has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of accomplished, ceramic expression. Visiting potters repeatedly say that they enjoy the knowledgeable and appreciative audience that they find in Minnesota. This year the potters are coming from eighteen states. They are bringing a wide range of handmade pottery to offer for sale. Their work ranges from everyday functional to purely decorative, from rustic to refined, from whimsical to sublime. 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!”