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2018 Pottery Tours

Illustration by Zoe Pappenheimer for Studio Potter journal, 2018.

As part of our new Winter/Spring 2018 issue, Volume 46, Number 1, "Regional Perspectives and Pottery Tours," please join Studio Potter in celebrating and attending the range of self-guided ceramics and pottery tours in North America during 2018.  Tours are organized by country, then by state, then by date. If you'd like to add your event to the listing, please contact us.




National Clay Week Open Studio Tour

Concurrent locations around the United States

October 12-14


National Clay Week Open Studio (NCWOS) is a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. Studios all over the country open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions.

Ben Carter, 831-334-5431,



Homer Pottery Studio Tour

Homer, Alaska

Saturday May 19 - Sunday May 20, 2018

Visit Homer potters and ceramic artists in this self-guided studio tour!

Cynthia Morelli, 907-235-2846,



ClayWay Studio Tour

Litchfield County, CT

October 6, 7, 8

Eighteen artists in and around Litchfield County at the start of the leaf color season.

Alison Palmer 860-927-4680,,



Tampa Tour de Clay

Tampa Bay, FL

December 8-9

Our 11th annual tour of five pottery studios featuring the work of over thirty accomplished local and national ceramic artists.

Michele Ginouves, 352-346-1855,



Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail

Southern Illinois

May 5-6

Nine Potters, One Great Weekend!

Steve Grimmer, 618-697-4258,


Twenty Dirty Hands

Galena + Elizabeth, IL

October 12-14

Tour the studios and delight in the work of these makers. The potters of Twenty Dirty Hands love clay.

Paul Eshelman, 815-858-2327,



Michiana Pottery Tour

Goshen, IN

September 29-30

@michianapotterytour on Instagram

The Michiana Pottery Tour includes more than 30 artists at six locations across northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. The two day tour takes place on the final Saturday and Sunday of September every year



Southern Crossings Pottery Festival / SXPF

Louisville, KY

March 2-3

Made By Hand, Designed For Many

Jason Bige Burnett, 865-278-8938,



Maine Pottery Tour


May 5-6

Lori Watts,


Twelve Hands Midcoast Potters Tour

Midcoast, ME

August 25-26

The nearby friends and firing crew of Jody Johnstone's anagama kiln open their studios to you for this special event.

Simon van der Ven, 207-975-3456,




Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Western Massachusetts

April 28-29

A self-guided driving tour featuring 23 potters at 9 studios along the beautiful back roads and historic towns of western Massachusetts.

Steve Earp, 413-625-2870,


Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Western Massachusetts Hilltowns

July 28-29

This tour includes nine nationally recognized potters and their guests based in the eclectic and beautiful Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

Christy Knox, 413-404-6695,


Berkshire Pottery Tour

Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts

September 29-30

A self-guided tour of Berkshire County Potters..our fifth anniversary!

Ellen Grenadier, 413-528-9973,



The Cracked Pot Studio Tour


September 22-23

Ten rural potteries open their studios and invite 50 Michigan ceramic artists to join in showing and demonstrating their work.

Mary Fritz,,




The 26th annual Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour

Chisago County, MN

May 11, 12, 13

Celebrating pottery and potters, seven studios will host 62 potters, making sales and connections that prove satisfying to visitors and potters alike.


Cannon River Clay Tour

Northfield, MN

June 16-17, 2018

This self-guided studio tour is hosted by eleven local clay artists and features twelve guest artists from around the country.

Juliane Shibata, 507-720-9339,,



Midwest Pottery Fest

Kansas City, MO

April 7-8

Join the KC Urban Potters & invited guest artists for a weekend of demonstrations, artist talks, a flower bar, & pottery!

Erica Iman, 541-513-0753,



Montana Clay Tour

Helena, MT

July 28-29

Ceramic artists invite their colleagues from around Montana for a festive open studio event that coincides with the Bray Bash.

Mel Griffin,



Lincoln Clay Tour

Lincoln, NE

April 27-28

Local artists Gail Kendall, Amy Smith, and Sharon Ohmberger host two home-studio tours and a sale, with guest artists.

Amy Smith, 402-488-0283,


Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour

Omaha, NE

October 6-7

Enjoy the work of nineteen nationally recognized clay artists while traveling along the Lewis and Clark scenic byway.



Finger Lakes Pottery Tour

Ithaca, NY

May 12-13

Three studio locations near Ithaca NY with local and invited potters at each studio.

Julie Crosby, 607-280-1606,


Hudson Valley Pottery Tour

Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York

October 20-21

We invite you to visit the studios, engage the makers, and learn how they have forged a life committed to ceramics.

Doug Peltzman, 845-750-7577,


Brooklyn Clay Tour

Brooklyn, NY

September 7-9



Fall into Winter

Boyertown, PA

November 17-18

A self-guided tour of artisans’ spaces.

Linda Rohrbach-Austerberry,



Vermont Open Studio Tours


May 26-27, October 13-14.

Visitors are invited behind the scenes into studios where clay work is created.

Martha Fitch, 802-223-3380,



16 Hands Bi-annual Studio Tour

Floyd, VA

May 5-6 & November 23-25

Fine Pottery and Woodworking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Free self- guided tour.

Ellen Shankin, 540-745-3595,


Annual RVA Clay Studio Tour

Richmond, VA

June 2-3

Take a self-guided tour of Richmond's diverse and spectacular clay community.

Scott Campbell, 804-918-7722,



The Clay Collective Pottery Tour

South Central Wisconsin

May 6-7

Featuring the functional, sculptural and decorative ceramics of twenty-five potters in seven studio locations.

Rick Hintze, 920-699-2529,


River Valley Potter's Fall Studio Tour

St. Croix River Valley, MN / WI

September 21-23

This collective of annual fall sales represents seven charming and distinctive studios along the scenic St. Croix River valley.

Nick Earl, 952-270-6893,


Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour

St. Croix River Valley, WI

September 21-23

This is a self-guided tour of four studios and guests nestled in the beautiful St. Croix River valley of Western Wisconsin.

Steven Rolf, 715-426-7367,



1001 POTS

2435 rue de l'Église,Val-David, Québec, Canada J0T 2N0

July 6 - August 12

30th edition. Over 100 Quebec/Ontario exhibitors. Demonstrations, workshops, special events, Japanese tea room, Silica Garden.

Jonathan Ishikawa, 819-322-6868,


Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Columbia Basin, Southeast British Columbia, Canada

August 11-12

This two day free self-guided tour showcases local pottery and artists' studios offering the public access to purchase work, view demonstrations and other behind the scene opportunities.

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, 250-505-5505,