Tour de Clay benefits Big Cat Rescue

The Florida West Coast Ceramic Society presents its fourth annual studio tour called “Tour De Clay,” Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11.

Six local potters will open their studios to the public and offer a wide range of functional and decorative pottery. Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The tour includes two stops in Palm Harbor; one stop in Tampa; one stop in Lutz; one stop in Odessa; and finally one stop in San Antonio, Fla.

Travel from studio to studio and watch as each studio owner opens their kilns, demonstrates pottery making and firing techniques, and gives each attendee the opportunity to make a donation to a local charity that doubles as a chance to win one of eight beautiful pieces of pottery.

The charities benefiting from this years tour are Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Scholarship Program; Suncoast Hospice; a local chapter of the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer; SHAMc – Safety Harbor Art & Music Center’s building fund; Animal Coalition of Tampa; The Spring of Tampa Bay – Domestic Violence Prevention; Citrus Park Big Cat Rescue; and WMNF 88.5 fm – a listener sponsored radio station.

“It is our hope that people will learn more about these organizations throughout the tour in a way that is fun and mutually beneficial,” said Glenn Woods, one of the participating potters.

As one travels from studio to studio, they will be delighted with kiln openings on Saturday, timed so attendees can watch each one. Pottery demonstrations and raku firings will be happening on both days. Other activities include live music and refreshments and snacks along the way as well as the Saturday evening open house party at Jack Boyle’s studio and gallery in San Antonio.

Kiln opening schedules for Saturday

The first kiln opening will happen at 9 a.m. at the Pottery Boys Studio, 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor.

The second kiln opening will happen at 10 a.m. at the Paper and Clay studio, 110 Peterson Lane, Palm Harbor.

The third kiln opening will happen at noon at the Rising Sun Pottery studio, 1112 West Carmen St., Tampa.

The fourth kiln opening is at 2 p.m. at the Wellman and Welsch Pottery, 17202 Whirley Road, Lutz.

The fifth kiln opening is at 3 p.m. at the Hidden Lake Pottery, 16705 Hutchinson Road, Odessa.

Last, but certainly not least, the final kiln opening is at 5 p.m. at the San Antonio Pottery studio, 11903 Curley Road, San Antonio.

Featured Pottery Studios

Pottery Boys Clay Studios – Owners Glenn Woods and Keith Herbrand will be joined by award winning guest artists Andy Smith and William Kidd. Call 727-736-4870.

Clay and Paper Studio – Owner Ira Burhans will be joined by guest artist John Moore.. Call 727-772-9570.

Rising Sun Pottery – Owner Peter Streit will be joined by Joshua Streit and guest artist Richard Waldbart. Call 813-253-6055.

Wellman and Welsch Pottery – Owners Harry Welsch and Kim Welman will be joined by guest artist John Kellum. Call 813-961-7106.

Hidden Lake Pottery – Owners Kim Kirchman and Mark Fehl will be joined by ceramic artists Chuck McGee, LC McGee, Kimberli Cummings and guest artist Jonathan Barnes. Call 813-920-4341.

San Antonio Pottery – Owner Jack Boyle will be joined by ceramic artist: McKenzie Smith and guest artist Michele Ginouves and Susan Livingston. Call 352-588-4228.

For more information, visit www.TampaTourDeClay.com.

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