Thursday, April 11, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Meet the Makers and Celebrate the Pottery Invitational 2019

Worcester, MA- Nineteen nationally known potters will be featured in the upcoming 2019 Pottery Invitational at the Worcester Center for Crafts, held May 3-5 at the Center on 25 Sagamore Rd. Admission to the Center and to the Pottery Invitational is free of charge all weekend with the exception of the opening event.

Meet the makers at this special exhibit and sale of handcrafted pottery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nineteen of the region’s most talented ceramic artists have been chosen by curators Jerilyn Virden (Vermont) and Sarah Heimann (New Hampshire) to display their work in the Worcester Center for Crafts Gallery in this pop-up style show. The artists accompany their work for the weekend so that visitors can discover the how’s and why’s of making incredible ceramic work and maybe start a collection of their own!

Included in this year’s Pottery Invitational are: Lisa Naples (Doylestown, PA); Ronan Kyle Peterson (Chapel Hill, NC) ; Kyla Toomey (Waltham, MA); Brenda Quinn (Ossining, NY); Tom O’Malley (Forestdale, RI); Jen Gandee (Fabius, NY) ; Brooke Millecchia (Fairport, NY); Todd Wahlstrom (Whitingham, VT); Autumn Cipala (Thomaston, ME); Michael McCarthy (Stockbridge, MA); Noel Bailey (Mad River Valley, VT); Martha Grover (Bethel, ME.); Tyler Gulden (Walpole, ME); Lindsay Oesterritter (Manassas, VA); Stuart Gair (Hudson, OH); Steve Th├ęberge (Florence, MA); Ben Krupka (Great Barrington, MA); and curators Sarah Heimann (Lebanon, NH) and Jerilyn Virden (Greensboro, VT).

In their Curators’ statement, Heimann and Virden say, “Curating this show was a challenging privilege. Our goal was to create a dynamic group of ceramic artists whose work represents the diversity of approaches and aesthetics in our current field. The resulting mix of early career and established potters are linked in their mastery of craft and depth of investigation. We look forward to a weekend filled with remarkable work and stimulating conversation.”

Friday night, May 3 opens with an Epicurean Evening –benefit preview event from 5:30-7:00pm featuring a beer tasting by Castle Island Brewery co., tapas from Wooden Noodles and a handmade bowl made by our ceramic Artists-in-Residence. The cost of the ticketed event is $50.00 pp. At 7:00pm the doors open to everyone with Wooden Noodles serving their incredible food in our multimedia room. The exhibit/sale closes at 8:30pm.

On Saturday, the Invitational is open from 10am to 5pm. Demonstrations by the Craft Centers’ Artists in Residence happen at 11am and 2pm and will give the public insight into the process of creating functional pottery.

Pop-up talks by the artists will occur at regular intervals throughout the weekend to give the “inside” insights to participants. Artists will be commenting on OTHER artists’ work, giving you an additional perspective on what makes a good pot!

On Sunday morning, the doors open at 11:00am with delicious coffee donated to us by Acoustic Java and at noon, a flower arranging demonstration by Ari Phillippi, the owner of Sparkle! The show closes at 4:00pm.

Work (L to R): Autumn Cipala, Lisa Naples, Martha Grover, Stuart Gair

The Pottery Invitational gives the Craft Center an opportunity to show the public some of the finest functional ceramic work by nationally known potters.
“It is as important as it is rewarding to host the 2019 Pottery Invitational at the Worcester Center for Crafts. The depth of knowledge and skill under one roof for one weekend is a joy to be shared with our community”, said Candace Casey, WCC Krikorian Gallery Director. “The beauty and aesthetics in functional pots has an important role in our everyday living.”

For more information or to arrange a photo opportunity, please contact Candace Casey, Krikorian Gallery Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts at



5:30pm -  Show opens with a ticketed Epicurean Evening event. $50.00 pp gives the guests an opportunity for first dibs on the art, a handmade ceramic bowl by our Artists in Residence, a beer tasting with Castle Island Brewery co. and tapas from Wooden Noodles.
7:00pm - Show opens free to the public. Wooden Noodles will be selling their amazing food until 8:00
8:30pm - Show closes.

10:00am - Show opens, free to the public
11:00am - 12:30pm - AIR demos in ceramic studio
2:00-3:30pm - AIR demos in ceramic studio
5:00pm - Show closes

11:00am -Show opens, free to the public
Coffee donated by Acoustic Java
11:00am -12:30pm - AIR demos in ceramics studio
12:00pm - Ari Phillippe from Sparkle will be a flower display
2:00-3:30pm - AIR demos in ceramics studio
4:00pm - Show closes

About the Worcester Center for Crafts

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio- an off campus, 8000 square foot state-of-the –art multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University’s visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission: The Craft Center's mission is "to inspire and build a creative community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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