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The Pottery Throw down is approaching; Local Potters sign-up now.

Wow has it been a year already since the 1st Pottery Throw Down? Yup.  If you recall, at the event last year, our volunteer potter’s threw 180 bowls that ended up being used over the course of several events; the biggest one that raised over $15,000 for homeless youth at Nicolet Square.  This years “Throw Down” will be on Saturday October 15th at Uptown Clay ( formerly known as Fire on the Greenway).  We are still at 2845 Harriet in south Minneapolis.  We will have a bunch of wheels set-up and pre-wedged clay to make bowls with. We will have a helpful “Clay Wench” to respond to the potters every wish and desire.  We are asking for “guest” potters (that’s you)  to volunteer a few hours to come and throw bowls.  We will take care of trimming and firing and the bowls.  The finished bowls will be donated to an event Empty Bowls is sponsoring in conjunction with Kingfield Neighborhood.  Here is a little bit about how they use the bowls for fundraising; In case you are unfamiliar with Empty Bowls, it …

Spring Open House Event

The artists are all working hard getting work ready for the spring Open House Event.  Mark your calendars;  Friday April 29th from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, April 30th from 1:00-7:00 PM.  We will have some great new work from all the artists in addition to new work from some of our new studio mates.  All of our pottery is made locally by artists who live and work in the Uptown community.  This is truly shopping local!  

2015 Holiday Sale

It’s time for our annual Holiday Sale.  We hope you can stop by this Friday December 4th from 5:00-9:00 and Saturday from 1:00-7:00 for some holiday cheer at the studio on 2845 Harriet Avenue.  We are 1.5 blocks north of Lake St. on Harriet ( a one way going North) .  We will be serving wine and lite snacks and would love to see you.  The studio artists have been working on new work for the last couple of months and with this sale we are also able to feature the work of David Menk, local potter, and the fabric styling’s of Trish Lundberg who works in fabric with items like small bags, baby clothes and pillows.  Lot’s of gift items, handmade by local artist’s in your community.  Hope everyone can stop by!

Jon’s work is featured on the Pure and Simple Pottery website

As artists, we are always searching for tools or solutions that help us get to our vision. Jon is total “tool geek” and is always willing to try some new tool or crazy thing that allows him to create something new or create something a little bit faster or quicker. A couple of years ago he stumbled on Pure and Simple molds that offer some amazing shapes that allow the artist to create some fabulous hump and slump mold forms, quickly and efficiently. These are basically big pieces of plaster that the artist uses to dry clay over or in, and the clay takes on the shape of the form used. Using the forms has allowed Jon to create large functional, serving pieces without a lot of time spent making the plaster forms or the clay forms which allows him to maximize the amount of time he spends on the surface decorating, which is his true passion. Recently the Pure and Simple website featured some artist work that use their forms and they featured some …

Upcoming Holiday Open House and Sale

The kiln is working overtime with all the great pieces coming out in preparation for the upcoming Open House and Show. Mark your calendars – we have a glass of wine with your name on it! Our hours are: Friday, December 5th  from 6:00-9:00 with wine, beer and snacks. Saturday, December 6th from 1:00-9:00 with wine, beer and snacks and Saturday, December 13th from 10:00-6:00.