You are invited to join us for the 11th Annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival. There are several pottery activities scheduled during a week long celebration, starting on Saturday, April 30 where we will be selling beautiful hand crafted ceramic herb pots, Children's crafts and Raku demonstrations during the Earth Day Celebration at Renfrew Park, from 11:00-4:00.
The pottery festivities continue throughout the week with specially priced Garden Bell Mini Workshops on May 2nd and 5th at the Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church Street and the Annual Mother's Day Pottery Sale at our Penn State Mont Alto pottery studio in the General Studies Building, room 008 on Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5th from 10:00-2:00.
We end our weeklong celebration on Saturday, May 7th with a Pottery Showcase hosting four of the region's finest potters at the Ceramic Arts Center located at 13 S. Church Street from 10:00-4:00.
Featured Potters include:
- Mike McIntyre, Janine Davis, Lynette King, Ben Culbertson and NCCS Guild Members
Mike McIntyre – FireRobin Pottery
Michael began working in clay in 2004. In early years, he trained with several well-known potters: Ben Culbertson, Bill Van Gilder, and Del Martin of Foxcross Pottery.
In 2012, McIntyre earned the distinguished honor of “Master Artisan” with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
An understanding of the relationship between simplicity and function are easily spotted in his pieces. The love of craftsmanship is the motivating force behind his work. "A well-conceived, well-made piece can be enjoyed for generations."
Michael McIntyre is a full-time potter and owner of FireRobin Pottery. His work is available at local and regional craft shows, as well as numerous niche retail stores across the US.
He can be found in his studio in Leitersburg, Maryland, crafting pots with a strong sense of utility.
Janine Davis - Moon Dog Pottery Janine began her formal study of art at a small community college in rural Maryland. She became a serious art student after several semesters studying painting, sculpture, drawing and design. She continued her formal studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. It was at the Corcoran that Davis was introduced to clay as a sculptural medium. From that time she has pursued clay as a primary medium and has continued to pursue painting and mixed media design.
She has continued to develop her love of clay and wheel throwing and hand building along with blending color, form and aesthetic beauty with the art of function in her pottery, and to continue her exploration of mixed media design with the use of blending collage with painting and printmaking.
She has shown her work at numerous locations including the Pen and Brush Gallery in Greenwich Village, NYC, the Corcoran Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Swiss Embassy all in Washingon, DC as well as several local galleries and stores.
She works in her private studio in rural PA, at 11667 Mercersburg Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236.
Lynette King - For the past 45 years King has been a studio potter working primarily in reduction fired porcelain and stoneware. Her studio is in a converted barn, and her work is fired in a downdraft propane fueled kiln. King's teaching experience includes ceramics courses, for several years, at Penn State University, Capitol Campus as well as Shippensburg and Wilson.
She has exhibited and sold her work locally and on a national level at the Marietta Crafts National in Ohio and the Greater Fall River Arts Exhibit in Massachusetts. Local exhibits have included Gallery 30, The NICC Center, Gettysburg College, Wilson College, Shippensburg University and Penn State Capital Campus