yART Sale: June 30, 2019
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will hold our 11th annual “yART” sale – a creative spin on the traditional yard sale – June 30, 2019. Adjacent to Mellon Park, PCA’s tree-lined campus is at the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues in Shadyside. Admission is free. Hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, rain or shine.
The outdoor event features approximately 70 local artists, bringing affordable art, equipment, ceramics, photographs, jewelry, art books, fabric, prints, glass, and art supplies to budding artists and collectors; and, at the same time, providing artists a venue to sell inventory and materials.
This year’s artists include:
Crystala Armagost & Victoria Cable
Karyn Bradley/Arlene Holtz
Richard Duncan and Friends
Jeff Guerrero & Bryce Hemington
Lisa Marie Jakab
Kayla Kirsch/Paige Critchlow
Nadya Lapets & Vicky Schilling
Carol and Tom Norulak
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Sean Sollinger/ Kara Zuzu
Gloria Tsang and Friends
Questions? Contact Maxine Plotkin, Shop Manager
412.681.5449 ext 101
It’s quite an honor to be featured on the Standard Ceramic website. Thanks to Jan Grice for her hard work and patience (part of the interview was done when I had all but lost my voice due to a cold), and of course thanks to the owner of Standard Ceramic, Jim Turnbull. Click here to read the feature.
It’s hard to believe this is our 6th year! I’m personally very excited because my guests are both good friends, great potters, and former coworkers: John Miyazawa and Dacey Dacey Haughwout. I’m also excited to be showing off my freshly remodeled home, as I’ve spent considerable time painting and redecorating. I hope you’ll visit and enjoy.
For more info, visit www.highlandparkpotterytour.com
Come celebrate clay at Pittsburgh’s largest annual ceramic event on April 17th from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Union Project! The Mother of All Pottery Sales features 40 local artists exhibiting and selling their work, a live demonstration by ceramic artist Kevin Snipes, and clay activities in our studio. Miss Meatball, GOODLife Juices, and Zeke’s coffee will be on hand to provide refreshments and keep you energized!
We’ve even added a Preview Party so you can get a sneak peek the night before MOAPS. This event was added to give visitors more time to spend with the artists, and experience ceramics in a uniquely personal way. Guests will have first access to artwork and a chance to enjoy refreshments while watching a live Raku firing demonstration. Pieces fired during the event will be available for purchase. The preview event will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Tickets are limited. Purchase one for $25 or two for $40 via www.unionproject.org.
One of my pet peeves is being solicited for pottery donations. It’s often from friends of mine, though more often from complete strangers. I do give them the benefit of the doubt that they mean no disrespect. In fact, I think that many people would insinuate that it’s a compliment. But one thing is for certain, I’m almost never asked for a donation by another potter.
A fellow potter knows how much goes into every single piece. How much work goes into the preparation, the making, the firing, the transporting, the cleaning. How much time must be dedicated to the craft, and how much time must be sacrificed by way of declining social invitations, waking up early, staying up late, or simply going in to the studio when you could be relaxing.
A fellow potter knows the heartache of a bad firing, where an entire kiln load is wasted. Even the loss of a single piece can be disheartening, though it’s to be expected occasionally. But it’s not just the firing, in the pottery making process failure is always looming. You can make a catastrophic mistake at any point, or have your pottery fail by no fault of your own. You can be completely successful and have the finished piece slip out of your grasp while you inspect your work.
The Highland Park Pottery Tour takes buying local to the next level. You get invited to the homes and studios of four Highland Park potters and the Union Project Ceramics Co-op. Chat up the artists, enjoy refreshments, and buy local pottery for the holidays!
This year we’ve even added a private preview event on Friday, December 11 from 6-9 pm. Tickets are limited so we can keep this shindig small, purchase yours online – $15 each or $25 for two.