Durham County Pottery Tour

artGuide is excited to present the Durham County Pottery Tour on November 12, 10-5pm & November 13, 12-5pm

The Durham County Pottery Tour is a 2 day event where pottery enthusiasts can see how more 19 different potters work in their studios, purchase beautiful locally crafted pottery and learn about local pottery classes. Many people enjoy using pottery but have no idea about the creative process.  By touring very different studios we hope that we can show you how the magic happens!

Brochures, downloadable maps to the studios, and information about the potters and images of their pieces can be seen on our website: Durhamcountypotterytour.com

The Durham County Pottery Tour began 3 years ago.  Given the long, rich history of pottery making in North Carolina, two potters, Cynthia Aldrich and Jo Lovvorn, decided it was time to showcase pottery made throughout Durham County. The tour has been a huge success and this year 19 potteries and 2 teaching facilities will be open throughout the weekend.

To participate in the tour each potter must have a “studio” dedicated to pottery making. All studios must be open and available to the public for the weekend.   Visiting a potter’s studio is a “treat” even for other potters because of the variety.  A studio may be a portion of a front porch, or be in a basement or garage, or in a separate building.  Every potter approaches clay in a different way and it is fascinating to compare the various kilns, equipment, and forming methods.

The 2 teaching facilities, Claymakers and Durham Arts Council Pottery Studio, will showcase the pottery of their instructors and studio potters.  Information about the various classes will be available and visitors can tour the facilities.

No tour is complete without handmade pottery to purchase. The selection will be huge: dinnerware, decorative pieces, jewelry, garden items and sculpture will all be available.  Customers may preview a piece from each artist at Claymakers (701 Foster St., Durham, 27701) from November 2-13, 2016.


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