This year’s Kingston Potters Guild Christmas Show and Sale, one of Kingston’s long-standing traditions, is happening November 25–28, 2021, at the Tett Centre Malting Tower (on the third floor). Previously, the art show was scheduled in June, but due to the reopening restrictions in the province, the organizers had to reschedule it to later date.
Nonetheless, the potters are eager to host their first in-person sale since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have channeled their combined creative energies into dreaming up a theme, events, and a lineup of artists to complement the holiday season.
This year, the Guild will celebrate The Twelve Days of Christmas by having one giveaway each day for 12 days before the sale. The art show will have 24 local artists showcase their unique, handmade ceramics.
Tania Crann, the publicity coordinator, came up with the theme for this year’s Christmas show embracing the spirit of the season, ‘GIVING.’
“We want to promote a sustainable lifestyle, pottery being very environmentally friendly. We encourage people to use more pottery for everyday living and to shop locally,” said Elizabeth Munro, Sales Convener of this year’s event
The artist line-up for the art show is: Eithne Balme, Catherine Beres, Tania Craan, Mélanie Josée Davidson, Leah Doornekamp, Linda, Dougherty, Isabella Duchemin, Beatrice Eberhard, Linda Fraser, Ruth George, Lindsay Hadcock, Ikuko Hall, June Lang, Delvalle Lewis, Wendy Lowe, Sue Lyon, Nancy Martin, Shelagh Mirski, Elizabeth Munro, Pamela Murphy, Patty Petkovich, Ineke Quartel, Laurie Smith, and Pam Stuart.
“Pottery has become very popular over the last several years, and the Guild has benefited from this explosion of interest. We are drawing in younger students who have developed their skills and who are now ready to show and sell their wares at the sale,” said Munro.
Those at the Tett Centre and show organizers are working hard to ensure the space is safe for the public to visit, keeping in mind all COVID-19 safety protocols. This year’s Christmas show will require proof of double vaccine from all attendees. The volunteers at the Pottery Guild will be responsible for checking for proof of vaccination, so those who attend are asked to be patient and respectful to one another through this new process.
The pre-bookings for free tickets will be available starting Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. For more information, visit www.kingstonpottersguild.ca.