MSV to Host Pottery Show & Sale on June 8 & 9
Weekend Event Features 11 Shenandoah Potters Guild Members and Free Demonstrations  

Winchester, VA 6/04/19…The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) and the Shenandoah Potters Guild are teaming up to host a pottery show and sale at the MSV from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. Admission to the show and sale is free.

According to Shenandoah Potters Guild member Heather Scott, eleven potters will participate in the sixth annual Pottery Show & Sale at the Museum. Scott notes that along with featuring displays of handbuilt and wheel-thrown pottery available for purchase, the event offers visitors the opportunity to meet expert potters and see a wide range of pottery styles.

With more than 40 members and roots dating to the late 1980s, the Shenandoah Potters Guild was established to promote pottery as an art form and to raise awareness of the Shenandoah Valley’s pottery heritage.

Along with displays of contemporary pottery, the MSV event will include demonstrations by guild members at 1 and 2 p.m. each day. On Saturday, Heather Scott will demonstrate the art of handbuilding pottery at 1 p.m. and Aurelie Schmid will demonstrate how to throw clay on a pottery wheel at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Arline Link and Alice Boysen will provide handbuilding demonstrations at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. demonstration on the potter’s wheel by Mizue Croswell. The demonstrations are free and will take place in the MSV Makerspace Studio.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to converse with a variety of guild members, including several who have decades of experience creating pottery. Participating Shenandoah Potters Guild members include: Alice Boysen (Harpers Ferry, WV), Mizue Croswell (Berryville, VA), Barbara Drumheller, Brenda Fairweather (Harrisonburg, VA), Julie Gibson, Lin Hausknecht (Yellow Springs, WV), Arline Link (Front Royal, VA), Aurelie Schmid (Winchester, VA), Heather Scott (Winchester, VA), Joan Wood (Winchester, VA), and Wendy Zaidman (Front Royal, VA). Works available for purchase include functional and decorative pieces, such as bowls, mugs, baking dishes, planters, and more.

The show and sale will take place in the first floor of the Museum. Those interested in complementing their visit to the weekend event may also wish to consider visiting the Shenandoah Valley Gallery, where the MSV’s impressive collection of regional pottery is on view. Including more than 40 objects, the display details the Valley’s centuries-old pottery tradition and includes many rare pieces made by several of the region’s most prominent early potters.

There is no fee to visit the pottery show and sale and enjoy the demonstrations. Regular admission rates apply to visit the MSV exhibitions, galleries, and gardens.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries displaying permanent collections and changing exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House, and seven acres of gardens. Additional details are available at or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235. –END–