|Kiln Opening Schedules for Saturday:|
The first kiln opening will happen at 9:00 a.m.
The second kiln opening will happen at 10:30 a.m.
The third kiln opening will happen at 2:00 p.m.
The fourth kiln opening will happen at 3:00 p.m.
Last, but certainly not least, the final kiln opening will happen at 5:00 p.m.
Tour de Clay of Tampa Bay
Now in our 5th year of bringing this pottery studio tour to the Tampa Bay area, we always try to add something to make the studio tour better. This year we are streamlining the tour so it will be easier to take in all of the studios on the tour. Last year we had 6 studios, this year we will have 5 but we still have over 20 potters represented throughout the tour.
|Studio Tour hours will be: Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
The kiln opening times for Saturday are
9am - #1 Pottery Boys Studio in Palm Harbor
10:30am - #2 Clay and Paper Studio in Palm Harbor
2:00pm - #3 Hidden Lake Pottery in Odessa
3:00pm - #4 Wellman and Welsch Pottery in Lutz
5:00pm - #5 San Antonio Pottery in San Antonio
The charities benefiting from this years tour are: Clearwater Free Clinic; SHAMc - Safety Harbor Art & Music Center’s building fund; Animal Coalition of Tampa; Citrus Park Big Cat Rescue; and WMNF 88.5 fm - a listener sponsored radio station. It is our hope that people will learn more about these organizations throughout the tour in a way that is fun and mutually beneficial.
Many locals remember the annual Tour De Clay is always the second weekend in December. They know that there are 6 working pottery studios on the tour. Each studio offers: a variety of guest potters’ work; pottery demonstrations; kiln openings; a wide range of pottery styles; and the opportunity to meet all the potters, talk to them about their work, and purchase pottery directly from the artist. However, most do not know about the birth of this event.
Tour de Clay was the dream child of Peter Streit, a Tampa Bay area potter. In 2007, Peter Streit of Tampa Florida had a dream of creating a group of studio potters representing a broad range of styles and techniques – all making a living with clay in their own way. He quickly pulled 13 Florida potters together who would make up this core group. The group would call themselves “Florida West Coast Ceramic Society”. In this group you would find the youngest at 8 years old and the rest - adults ranging from educators, gallery and studio potters to out on the street production potters and everything in-between, each bringing their own unique perspective.
At the first meeting Peter talked briefly about other potters’ groups across the country who had created similar opportunities for their local potters. However, he wanted our group to be different – reaching out beyond our own personal and financial gain by creating and offering opportunities to emerging and established clay artists in the Tampa Bay area. He presented a 5, 10, and 15 year action plan with dreams and growth goals, all very focused and visionary.
His first goal, outside of establishing the group, was to conduct a studio tour where all 13 potters would sell their work at four of the home studios. The core group met and decided to name the tour “Tour de Clay” and we would start out small and grow from there. The first 2 years (2008 and 2009) featured 4 host studios and spread the potters out among the studios to create interest and balance throughout the tour. The third year, we increased the number of studios on the tour to 6 and added 1 guest artist per studio for a total of 18 potters along the tour. The fourth year we added even more guest artists and began raising money for local charities through a raffle style drawing.
Once again this year, each studio will select one or more charitable organizations to raise money for during the two day studio tour. A substantial piece of pottery will be donated for each charity, attendees can purchase raffle-style tickets at $5 each for their chance to win the piece or pieces of their choice. Every dollar collected from the ticket sales during the tour will go directly to the respective charities. Saturday has been designated as WMNF Day at each of the studios and a representative of this listener supported radio station will be present to talk about their programming and how they support the local community.
The list of core artists are: Ira Burhans; Glenn Woods and Keith Herbrand; Peter Streit; Joshua Streit; Kim Wellman and Harry Welsch; Kim Kirchman; Mark Fehl; LC McGee; Chuck McGee; Kimberli Cummings; McKenzie Smith; and Jack Boyle.
Tour De Clay is always the second weekend in December. Saturday, Dec. 8th from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, Dec. 9th from 11am to 4pm. The tour includes: 2 stops in Palm Harbor; 1 stop in Lutz; 1 stop in Odessa; and finally 1 stop in San Antonio, FL.
As one travels from studio to studio, they will be delighted with kiln openings on Saturday, timed so attendees can watch each one. Pottery demonstrations and raku firings will be happening on both days. You will also encounter live music and lots of refreshments and snacks along the way as well as the Saturday evening open house party at Jack Boyle’s studio and gallery in San Antonio, Florida.
Featured Pottery Studios Include:
Clay and Paper Studio located at: 110 Peterson Ave. / Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Wellman and Welsch Pottery located at: 17202 Whirley Road, Lutz, FL
Hidden Lake Pottery located at: 16705 Hutchinson Road, Odessa, FL
San Antonio Pottery located at:11903 Curley Road / San Antonio, FL
For more information, check out the Tour De Clay website which will be updated on a regular basis. www.TampaTourDeClay.com
Photos available upon request