The Month in Clay – December 2008

<br />Jennifer Allen's teapot, 7 inches in height, porcelain with stains and glazes; in the Archie Bray Foundation's Holiday Exhibition and Sale. It’s holiday sale season, and ceramics should be on everyone’s list (for those on your list who already have plenty of your ceramics, perhaps it’s time to expand their collection with something from one of the great holiday sales going on this month. There are kiln openings, studio sales, museum events and much more.Below are several ceramics events and exhibitions happening in December, but if you don’t find anything happening in your area, click over to the Ceramics Monthly Calendar for a more comprehensive listing. — Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily

New London, Pennsylvania
Mitch Lyons Open Studio Sale, December 6-7, 10am–5pm
Clay prints and pots. Be sure to check out the video clip from Mitch’s DVD.
Mitch Lyons’ clay monoprint.
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South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
The Gustin Studio annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale. December 12th, 13th and 14th. A selection of functional and sculptural ceramics by artists from the U.S. and Canada. Opening reception and party, Friday, December 12th, 6–9pm. A percentage of sales will go to benefit the programs of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Friday, Dec. 12, 6–9pm; Saturday, Dec. 13, 10am–5pm; Sunday, Dec. 14, 11am–5pm. Weekday gallery hours during the holidays are by appointment or chance.
Chris Gustin’s Vessel #0611, 13 inches in height, porcelain.
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Chicago, Illinois
Lillstreet Art Center’s 33rd Annual Holiday Show. Through January 4th. Open House, December 5th, 6–9pm. Guests will enjoy refreshments and live entertainment, as well as demonstrations and workshops in 19 classrooms and over 50 artists’ studios. Hands-on demos and refreshments will continue every weekend in December, and parents can take advantage of a “Drop & Shop” kids area, where little ones ages 4 and above will be kept busy on holiday crafts from 12pm-3pm, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ceramic purchases can be combined with seasonal treats from First Slice Pie Café and a portion of the proceeds will help fight hunger in the community. Shoppers can fill a unique plate with cookies or pies, or select a tumbler stuffed with gourmet coffee beans or candies. All mug purchases will earn a coupon good for a complimentary cup of coffee, and Lillstreet will donate a percentage of the sales to support First Slice Kitchen’s nonprofit mission to feed those in need.
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Mesa, Arizona
Indigo Street Pottery. Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome 2008 Holiday Studio Sale, Dec. 13–14 and 20–21. New Cups/Mugs, Birds on a wire, Wall hangings and more! Pottery, music, desert garden and food. Prices starting at $30 (A few works will be priced lower and one work each of Jeff’s and Farraday’s will be FREE to whomever finds it first)!
Saturday, Dec. 13, 10am–10pm (bonfire at 7 pm); Sunday, Dec. 14, 10am–4pm; Saturday, Dec. 20, 10am–4pm; Sunday, Dec. 21, 10am–4pm.
Works by Jeff Reich (left) and Farraday Newsome (right).
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Olympia, Washington
Sequoia Miller Open Studio and Holiday Sale, Saturday, December 6, 10am–4pm. A fine selection of recent studio work, one-offs and seconds. Please email for a time to drop by if you can’t make the 6th.
Sequoia Miller’s small hut jars, 8 inches in height, glazed stoneware.
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Helena, Montana
Archie Bray Foundation Holiday Exhibition and Sale, through December 20, in the North Gallery
Jennifer Allen’s Teapot, 7 inches in height, porcelain, glazes and stains.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northern Clay Center, “‘tis a gift…the 18 th Holiday Exhibition and Sale,” through January 4, 2009. Once again, NCC has a spectacular selection of work from more than sixty regional and national ceramic artists. Generous and savvy shoppers stop for pots that are tops, from figurines to soup tureens. Everyone on your gift list will appreciate unique, hand-made objects created by outstanding contemporary craft artists. Our 18th annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale offers quality and variety that will make your season bright!
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Pomona, California
“The Pomona Tea Party,” December 6, 2008, through January 31, 2009. Artist reception Dec. 13 and Jan. 10, 6–9pm. Art lovers and enthusiasts are invited to join this prominent event filled with tea and conversation. “The Pomona Tea Party” will show a variety of ceramic tea pot and bowl styles, from formal to whimsical, that display all the artists’ expertise and unique technique of the celebrated and distinguished ceramic medium.
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