Event Details

Annual Flower City Pottery Invitational

OCtober 14-16, 2016 | Rochester, NY




Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is proud to welcome, for the second year, over 20 premier ceramic artists from across North America for a long weekend celebrating the best in contemporary clay. The event includes a special artist reception, sale, pottery exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and talks by the visiting artists.

This is a unique opportunity for collectors, clay enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates finely-crafted, handmade work to meet and talk with masters of the field and see a large body of their work. Whether you prefer contemporary design or rustic tableware, hundreds of hand-crafted pots will be exhibited, and their makers will be on site to talk about and demonstrate their work. For those of you who are new to contemporary ceramics, this is the perfect opportunity to see the range of work being made with this extremely versatile material.

2016 EXHIBITING ARTISTS

2016 exhibiting artists are: Richard Aerni and Carolyn Stutz, Peter Beasecker, Robert Briscoe, Tony Clennell, Julie Crosby, Adam Field, Dan Finnegan, Ryan Greenheck, Kenyon Hansen, Bryan Hopkins, Matt Kelleher, Jenny Mendes, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Matthew Metz, Doug Peltzman, Peter Pincus, Liz Quackenbush, Jane Shellenbarger, Shoko Teruyama and Adero Willard.

A LITTLE HISTORY

Planning for the Flower City Pottery Invitational began in early 2014 when area potters Matt Metz and Richard Aerni discussed bringing fellow esteemed ceramic artists together for a weekend exhibit, following the example of similar shows like the Old Church Pottery Invitational in Demarest, NJ and the popular American Pottery Festival in Minneapolis. Rochester seemed like the perfect city to hold a similar event, being in the middle of a clay mecca, with RIT's School for American Craft and Alfred University close by, as well as strong clay programs in Syracuse and Buffalo. Metz and Aerni partnered with Genesee Center for the Arts & Education and, together with artist Peter Pincus, invited colleagues from around the country to participate in the inaugural event October 2015. For more information, visit the Inaugural Flower City Pottery Invitational website.

Artists

Richard Aerni and Carolyn Stutz, Peter Beasecker, Robert Briscoe, Tony Clennell, Julie Crosby, Adam Field, Dan Finnegan, Ryan Greenheck, Kenyon Hansen, Bryan Hopkins, Matt Kelleher, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Jenny Mendes, Matthew Metz, Doug Peltzman, Peter Pincus, Liz Quackenbush, Jane Shellenbarger, Shoko Teruyama and Adero Willard.

Schedule

Thursday, October 13, 2016


9:00-noon Dan Finnegan Workshop

"Good Pots for Good Food" A three-hour workshop about creating pots for cooking and serving.

Advance registration is required. $25 for Members; $30 non-members.








1:30-4:30 Liz Quackenbush Workshop

"Maiolica - a hands-on tile workshop"

Advance registration is required. $30 for Members; $35 non-members.









FRIDAY, October 14, 2016


1:00-4:00 Adam Field Workshop

"Carving Patterns in Porcelain"

Advance registration is required. $25 for Members; $30 non-members.








6-8:30pm preview sale & Opening reception

Join us for a special evening to welcome the artists. Meet our 2016 nationally-recognized visiting artists and have the first opportunity to view and purchase their work! Purchase your tickets now online. Sign-up for our newsletter to be the first to know about special events!



Saturday, October 15, 2016


10-5pm Exhibition & Sale open to the public (free admission)

Free Demonstrations and Artist Talks – 2nd Floor, Lighting Studio Room

11:30-12:30 Doug Peltzman – Artist Talk, “Crafting a Life in Clay”

1:00-2:00 Matt Kelleher – Bisque mold serving bowl demo

2:30-3:30 Adero Willard – Surface decoration with wax resist demo


Sunday, October 16, 2016


11-4pm Exhibition & Sale open to the public (free admission)

Free Demonstrations and Artist Talks – 2nd Floor, Lighting Studio Room

11:30-12:30 Adam Field - Artist Talk

12:45-1:45 Jenny Mendes – Artist Talk – “An artist residency in the Netherlands”

2:00-3:15 Live Podcast Taping – Tales of a Red Clay Rambler’s Ben Carter interviews Matt Metz, Richard Aerni and Bob Briscoe for this internationally popular podcast

Plan Your Visit

Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is located just outside downtown Rochester, NY at 713 Monroe Avenue, less than 1/8 of a mile off the 490 Interstate. Monroe Avenue begins downtown at the Strong Museum and is an eclectic area of eateries and small shops. Local cultural and shopping attractions like The George Eastman House and the Park Avenue neighborhood are just blocks away.

The historic, brick firehouse building that houses Genesee Center for the Arts & Education dates to the early 1890s, with both stories dedicated to arts programming. On-street parking is available on Monroe and Wilcox Street, or visitors may park directly across Monroe at the Blessed Sacrament Church lot when it is available. Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is fully accessible for wheelchair users with two reserved parking spaces at the front of the building, a front entrance ramp, elevator and restroom.

Get Involved

Be A Volunteer

Whether you're super-organized and would like to help with set-up, or you're an empty nester with extra room to house a visiting artist for the weekend, we need your help!

Please contact Audrey Shaughnessy at (585) 271-5183 or grants@rochesterarts.org to sign up or visit this link for needed times/dates:
http://signup.com/go/hPjzJC

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship for the 2015 Flower City Pottery Invitational is available at various levels. Take a look at our Sponsorship Kit and contact Kate Whorton at (585) 271-5183 or ceramics@rochesterarts.org to confirm the level of support that fits best with your needs.


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS:


Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Standard Ceramic Supply Rochester Area Community Foundation

The Artful GardenerMain Street ArtsStudio Sales Pottery Supply Co.

Bailey Ceramic Supplies