Flower City Arts Center is proud to welcome, for the fifth year, 18 premier ceramic artists from across North America for a long weekend celebrating the best in contemporary clay. The event include 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 available for purchase, 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.
Artist Reception: Friday, October 21 from 6-9pm
Free Pottery Exhibitions, Demos, & Artist Talks:
Virtual Shopping Appointments: Sunday, October 23, 10 – 11am
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 Flower City Arts Center and, together with artist Peter Pincus, invited colleagues from around the country to participate in the inaugural event October 2015.
This year we are thrilled about our new curatorial team Adero Willard, Bryan Hopkins, and Lisa Orr!
For information about previous events, please visit our past websites:
Click each image to learn more about our artists: Wes Brown, PA; Lisa Orr, MA; Kristen Kieffer, MA; Peter Jadoonath, MN; Bryan Hopkins, NY; Adero Willard,NY; Adam Chau, NY; Jane Shellenbarger, NY; Justin Paik Reese, OH; Arthur Halvorsen, MA; Colleen McCall, NY; Hannah Niswonger, MA; Jonathan Pacheco, IL; Dallas Wooten, NJ; Hannah Thompsett; NY, James Tingey; NY, Katie Fee; NY
Would you like to learn about how to add vibrant color and pattern to your work? This surface decoration workshop will focus on hand-building slab ceramic forms using screen-printed clay. We’ll explore a few different forms from mugs to covered containers over the course of the workshop. Hannah will show how she uses silk-screens, stencils, resists and sgraffito to create intricate layered surfaces on her ceramic work. $35 Members, $40 Non-member
Are you interested in learning a versatile technique that can apply to form and surface? Join us as Dallas Wooten demonstrates his unique approach to water-etching and discusses various methods to utilize the water-etching technique! Water-etching is an interesting process that erodes the surface by simply wiping it away with a sponge and protecting patterns with resists. Water-etching is capable of altering forms, creating subtle or graphic patterns, and is suitable for glazed or unglazed works! Wooten will also discuss a variety of tools he makes, colored porcelains and different stains, various concerns when choosing what forms work best for the process, and what clays work best for the process. This workshop is suitable for potters of all levels. $35 Members, $40 Non-member
Flower City Arts Center 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 Museum and the Park Avenue neighborhood are just blocks away.
The historic, brick firehouse building that houses Flower City Arts Center dates to the early 1890s, with both stories dedicated to arts programming. Free on-street parking is available on Monroe Avenue, Wilcox Street, and surrounding streets. Flower City Arts Center is fully accessible for wheelchair users with a reserved parking space at the front of the building, a front entrance ramp, elevator, and restroom.
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!
To volunteer during the event sign up here or email Kate Whorton at email@example.com.
To host an artist, please contact Kate Whorton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorship for the 2022 Flower City Pottery Invitational is available at various levels. Learn more about our Sponsorship Opportunities. Please fill out and email our Sponsorship Form to Kate Whorton at email@example.com. Questions? Call us at (585) 271-5183.