Event Details

Annual Flower City Pottery Invitational

OCtober 11-14, 2018 | Rochester, NY

Ben CarterFlower City Arts Center (previously the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education) is proud to welcome, for the fourth year, 21 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 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.

Not in Rochester, but interested in purchasing work? We will have personal shoppers available for 15 minute appointments on Friday, October 12th beginning at 8pm EST ($20 ticket required) and Sunday, October 14th beginning at 10 am EST. To secure an appointment, email ceramicstudio@rochesterarts.org.


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.

Previous Events

For information about previous events, please visit our past websites:


Adero Willard, MA | Becky Lloyd, NC | Ben Carter, CA | Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz, NY | Dan Finnegan, VA | Lisa Orr, TX | Liz Lurie, NY | Logan Wall, NY | Lorna Meaden, CO | Mark Pharis, WI | Matt Kelleher, NY | Matt Metz, NY | Mike Helke, MN | Peter Pincus, NY | Richard Aerni, NY | Robert Hessler, NY | Shoko Teruyama, NY | Simon Levin, WI | Steven Young Lee, MT | Susan Dewsnap, ME | Tom Jaszczak, NC


Thursday, October 11, 2018

10am-4pm Lisa Orr Workshop

Lisa Orr

In this demonstration workshop, Lisa will teach her methods for low-fire layering of engobes, slips, and translucent glazes.

Advance registration is required. $70 Members, $75 Non-members

6:30pm Peter Pincus Lecture

FCPI co-curator and 2018 Tiffany Foundation Awardee Peter Pincus presents a free talk, Channeling Josiah Wedgwood. No registration required.

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:30am-12:30pm Shoko Teruyama Workshop

Shoko Teruyma

Shoko will share her processes for slab building and coiling over a bisque mold and decorating her surfaces with sgraffito.

Advance registration is required. $40 Members, $45 Non-members

1:30-4:30pm Ben Carter Workshop

Ben Carter

Ben will demonstrate thrown forms and how he uses motifs and symbols to create surfaces.

Advance registration is required. $40 Members, $45 Non-members

6-8pm Preview Sale & Opening Reception

Join us for a special evening to welcome the artists. Meet our 2018 nationally-recognized visiting artists and have the first opportunity to view and purchase their work! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

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

Free Demonstrations and Artist Talks* – 2nd Floor

12:30 Simon Levin talks about what drives his work while demonstrating how he uses the wheel as a tool for handbuilding.

2:00 Tom Jaszczak demonstrates how he creates surface interest on his pots.

3:30 Mike Helke talks about his work and path as an artist.

*Registration not required, but seating is limited

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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

Free Demonstrations and Artist Talks* – 2nd Floor

12:30 Ben Carter talks about trends he sees in the ceramics field based on his interviews with contemporary clay artists for his popular podcast, “Tales of a Red Clay Rambler”.

2:00 Lorna Meaden demonstrates making and decorating a coffee pot with a handbuilt spout and handle.

*Registration not required, but seating is limited

Plan Your Visit

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, or visitors may park at School 35 on Field Street or School 23 on Barrington. 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.

Visiting from out of town? Our friends at the East Ave Inn and Suites have offered us a generous 15% discount on rooms during FCPI weekend! Located minutes away in the heart of the arts and entertainment districts, the newly renovated boutique hotel invites travelers to enjoy a modern and artistic guest experience only minutes away from all of Rochester's best cultural attractions. Visit their website and enter the code FCAC10 when booking, or call 585-325-5010 to book your room today!

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! To volunteer during the event, please sign-up online using the link below. To host an artist, please contact Audrey at grants@rochesterarts.org.

Please sign up online:

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or contact Audrey Shaughnessy at (585) 271-5183 or grants@rochesterarts.org with questions!

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship for the 2017 Flower City Pottery Invitational is available at various levels. You can view our Sponsorship Packet HERE. Contact Kate Whorton at (585) 271-5183 or ceramics@rochesterarts.org to confirm the level of support that fits best with your needs.


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