When I lived in Minnesota, I looked forward every year to the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. I still have a Robert Briscoe pitcher and a Linda Christianson mug from those days. It was a sign that spring had arrived and a fun way to spend a day with friends - or family, since the tour always lands on Mother's Day Weekend.
For a few years, I have been thinking, "Why can't we do that here?" There certainly aren't isn't any shortage of potters.This year, finally, I did something about it: I invited 23 potters of my acquaintance to open their studios the weekend of May 11-13th. I'd already decided to have my studio sale then, and will do so regardless of the response; but I just think it's a great opportunity to combine resources and all benefit from the visibility. I am thinking a Kennebec Valley Potter's Tour; but it will depend on who wants to participate.
I chose Mother's Day weekend, because it lands before we all get crazy-busy with summer events and projects, and because it seems like a fun way to spend the day with your mom, shopping and visiting studios; and because there's at least a reasonable chance that the weather will be neither too hot nor too cold.
I already have one enthusiastic "Yes!' My friend Malley Weber, of Hallowell Clayworks, has agreed to participate. Thanks, Malley!
Watch here for updates, but it's a go. We're doing it.
Update: Liz Proffetty, a potter from Newcastle, ME, will be joining us also!