June 4th and 5th, 2016
Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM
The Western New York Pottery Festival is a juried, clay exclusive show that consists of local and national professional artists. The focus is not only for artists to set up and sell their work but to interact with and educate the public by hosting firing, throwing, hand building and other demonstrations by the festival artists.
The wood kiln was opened at noon on Saturday of the festival. Mike Carroll explained the wood fired process to the public as he un-bricked the door and revealed the results of the firing that took place the week before the festival. Most of the pieces coming out of the kiln were available for purchasing. The public was encouraged to ask any questions about the wood firing process at the time of the unloading.
Schoolhouse #3 is a renovated one room schoolhouse originally built in 1853 to serve East Avon. The School House is now used as a Gallery for Studio Sales Pottery, located on the east side of the property it has works for sale by Mike Carroll and numerous artists from the region.
Raku firing demonstrations and glaze your own raku took place throughout Saturday and Sunday.
A Clay Olympics competition took place on the Sunday of the festival. Vendors were competing with 5lbs on the wheel to try and throw the tallest cylinder, the widest bowl, followed by a blindfolded competition. The competitors had 5 minutes to complete each task. This years winner was Pamela Delyannis, Pinnacle Pottery!
Food by local vendor; Mr. V’s was available on site both Saturday and Sunday.
Kid’s activities such as hand building with clay, glazing pots for raku firing, and face painting also took place. There was a nominal price for some of these activities.
Admission was $1.00, same as in past years, and free for kids 12 and under. Cost of admission is to off set the county fees for highway preparation and crossing management, provided by Livingston county highway department and Livingston sheriffs office.
The entrances were located at the Studio Sales Pottery entrance for general admission, and the School House was used as the handicap accessible entrance. At the entrances people were able to pick up our information brochure and enter the raffle to win a pot, or gift certificate.