Along The Clay Way In Northern Conn. and Nearby N.Y. State
Alison Palmer in her studio.
By CB Wismar
For the three days that comprise Columbus Day Weekend, from Saturday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 10, 18 area clay artists will present an inaugural studio tour – Clay Way. Visitors are encouraged to tour as many of the western Connecticut and nearby New York State studios as they can.
Clay Way is the inspiration of potter and tile maker Linda Boston, who saw the popular pottery weekends held by studios in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and thought “Why not in Connecticut?”
And, why not, indeed. A quick survey of the artists who live and work in the hollows and valleys from Woodbury to Cornwall Bridge, and from Bantam to Wingdale brought an immediate, jubilant response. Fifteen studios will be open for weekend, attended by 18 artists who will all have works on display and ready for sale.
Vessels by Kathy Wismar.
The range of work is stunning. Linda Boston specializes in tiles that reflect her international travel and study while Todd Piker’s wood-fired tableware is classic, gaining inspiration from the traditions of great English and Japanese potters. Joy Brown’s clay figures are wonderfully accessible and serve as maquettes for the much-larger-than-life bronzes she has been commissioned to create in China. Alison Palmer’s imaginative pieces are shaped with reverence for the animal kingdom. Will Talbot creates elegant tableware and Kathy Wismar creates both functional and decorative pieces.
Clay Way is scheduled to run during American Craft Week, the national celebration of every form of craft and craft-as-art. By joining with organizations and affiliations across the country, the tour enjoys a wider reach that can bring avid fans of clay work to Southern New England to enjoy autumn.
Figure by Joy Brown. Tile by Linda Boston.
The 15 studios on the tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during each of the three days. In many of the studios, the artisans will be on hand to answer questions, participate in demonstrations and invite guests to understand “the ways of clay.”
A full listing of the 18 artisans, a useful map that shows where each of the studios is located, and photos of the potters’ work are all available on the Clay Way website.
Clay Way Ceramic Studios Tour
Western Connecticut and nearby New York State
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Monday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day