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WELCOME TO JOY BRIDY POTTERY

Excitement builds as we prepare for the first annual Potomac Clay Weekend! May 10 & 11, both sides of the river, 5 clay studios....click here for the facebook page , and read below for more info. Oh, and the Map!

With a new season comes fresh focus, steady rhythms, and the occasional surprise. From upcoming shows and a deeper connection to photographing my work, to new darker clay with no glazes and rich surfaces, time is rolling on. Wood is piling up for the next firing, the next batch of forms coming to life on the wheel. Plans for visiting stokers, teaching sessions, and shows both near and far...now back to work...so the good things continue!



MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May Clay Weekend: May 10 & 11, 2014, 10am-5pm: Five clay studios, spotlighting and celebrating clay on both sides of this great Potomac River, WV and MD. Including myself, Sycamore Pottery's Pam and Ren Parziale, and Lisa Kovatch of LK Pottery with on this side of the Potomac, plus Bill Van Gilder and Kirke Martin's M4 Studios on the Maryland side. The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown WV hosts their monthly opening on Saturday night, 5:30-7:30pm, complete with work from all 5 of the clay studios. Stop for a drink and conversation, then head to one of Shepherdstown's fine eateries to relax for the evening. There's at least three places to see live local music, as well. Quite a weekend! Need a Map?

Charles Town Farmers Market Kicking off April 12, this will be my third year with this splendid downtown market, Saturday mornings, 8-Noon. Once a month, I polish up a selection of my seasonal favorites, so you can gather a new piece for your kitchen, whether it's a colander for rinsing those snap peas, or a baking tray for potatoes au gratin. Dates this spring: May 24, July 19, August 23...

Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show July 5 & 6, 2014: Kicking off our 25th Year Celebration, all Over the Mountain Studio tour members will be together in the War Memorial Building, Downtown Shepherdstow WV, for a weekend of art and celebration. Opening Celebration Saturday, July 5, 6-8pm.

Earth, Wind & Fire: The Art of Wood Fired Ceramics: August 1- September 12, 2014. Opening August 1, 5-8pm: Ice House, Berkeley Springs WV. 7 regional wood fired artists convene with their newest work, plus some in-depth information on our firing processes, glaze recipes and favorite clay bodies.

Over the Mountain Studio Tour November 8 & 9, 2014: With the themes of Collaboration and Mentoring, we'll have much new to see! Young exciting makers, group projects...more as autum approaches.

Fire Hall Gallery May, 2015: Joy Bridy Pottery... September, 2015: Over the Mountain Studio Tour... Next year brings two opportunities to see new pieces in the intimate setting of Charles Town WV's Fire Hall Gallery. Managed by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, these two shows will be exciting opportunities to see local art first hand....mark your calendar!

Westwind Potters: In the heart of historic Harpers Ferry, Westwind has been promoting pottery from across the nation, near and far, for 30 years. As their newest featured Regional Artist, my wares are front-and-center to the gallery, so after your hike on the Appalachian Trail, Maryland Heights, or the C&O Trail, stop in to take a peek...that's after you get an ice cream cone, of course!

The Bridge Gallery: In Shepherdstown WV, The Bridge features an excellent collection of regional painters and other artists, nestled on the outskirts of town, next to O'Hurley's General Store, and walkable to downtown. Kathryn has a brand-new area for regional ceramics, so stop in to see a few of my pieces, as well as top-notch work by Sycamore Pottery, Kirke Martin, Joan Johnson....and a few more!

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia: Nestled deep in WV, Tamarack features just that...amazing quality handmade wares from all over the state. From furniture to duck calls, quilts and pottery, wreaths and iron railings...an amazing and diverse selection from a complex and creative stata.

Do you shop Etsy? My wood fired work is available off-and-on, as the whim strikes, particularly the single favorites that I've stashed on the top shelves for inspiration, the reliable favorites, and any special requests. Let me know what you're looking for, because I just might have it.

Visit the studio any time by calling or emailing in advance to make sure I'll be here. I love showing new visitors around, and there are more pieces here than anywhere else, from sculptures to functional works...you'll find exactly what you're looking for, I'll bet.

VISITING:

If you will be visiting the DC area from out of town, give me a ring and stop by. I'm located about 20 minutes south of Route 70 and Hagerstown, amongst the ghosts of the battlefields along the Potomac River, and am always up for a visit...... the coffee or tea is hot, perfect for catching up with old friends and new acquaintances.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Joy Bridy