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Pitcher by Jody Elston.

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Raku vase with horse hair, by Patti Retz. Locally handmade pottery will be for sale at the Steamboat Clay Artisan's 4th annual Holiday Pottery Sale at the Depot Art Center this weekend.

Past Event

Holiday Pottery Sale

  • Sunday, November 26, 2006, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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Past Event

Holiday Pottery Sale

  • Saturday, November 25, 2006, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

More

— For many members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans, the annual Holiday Pottery Sale is the only time of year locals have a chance to buy their work.

"They don't have time to make stuff year-round," organizer and potter Deb Babcock said about Clay Artisans potters. "And some people have gotten really close to selling out."

The holiday sale attracts about 500 people every year with homemade cookies and handmade pottery. Every piece is one of a kind.

"Once you see it - that's it - you probably won't see it again," Babcock said. "All the pieces have either been hand-built or thrown on a wheel, and even the glazes come out different every time you fire it."

The Clay Artisans are introducing a new feature to this year's sale. At least three artisans will give live demonstrations of different pottery-making techniques.

"Lisa Koch will demonstrating mask-making at 11 a.m. on Saturday," Babcock said. "Her masks are very elaborate, and she makes them out of clay."

Jody Elston will demonstrate surface decorations at 2 p.m. Saturday.

"Her pieces are very whimsical and fantasy-like," Babcock said. "She uses a lot of swoops and swirls and will demonstrate how to include sprigs and other add-ons."

Babcock will show attendees at 10 a.m. Sunday how to create baskets out of clay by taking coils and weaving them together.

There will be about one dozen local potters selling their work, and two of the artisans - Anita Pajon and Rebecca Pauvert -will show their work for the first time.

Most of the potters will be present at the holiday sale to answer questions and talk about their pieces. There also will be live music, snacks, refreshments and door prizes of locally made pottery items.

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