The Potters of the Upper Saint Croix River Valley Studio Tour invite you to visit all six pottery studios during the 16th annual tour weekend. You will be welcomed by the potters to their unique, rural workshops and you can meet twenty-two guest potters invited especially for this event. These special guests will present their work for sale alongside the newest work of each host potter.
Using our map, you can drive through the spring landscape of the Saint Croix River Valley. At each studio you will find useful and distinctive pottery. Visit one, or all of the studios during this two-day, self-guided event. Bring friends to share the day with you.
These Minnesota potters have earned a national reputation for quality and integrity. Each potter's work has a distinct character, is durable and intended for everyday use. From small cups and bowls to large pieces suitable for display, an intriguing range of pottery will be available. You will find earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain for use in cooking and serving, decorating and display. The guest artists are distinguished potters who will personally present their work for sale. This is an opportunity to see a substantial body of work and to meet and talk with these visiting artists. They are coming from nine states, as far as Maine, North Carolina, Virginia, Idaho, Nebraska, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvannia, Washington DC, Oregon, and as near as Wisconsin, and other parts of Minnesota. Their work is, in turn: handsome, playful, stunning, contemplative, precious, functional, colorful and subtle.
At every studio you will find the potters themselves welcoming you. Along the way you may find trillium blossoms carpeting the woodlands and warblers exuberantly greeting the spring. Rain or shine, this springtime event is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery.
All the pottery studios are within a one-hour drive of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, located near Hwy. 95 from just south of Taylors Falls to Harris.
Maps are available on this web site and at each studio.
Continental Clay Company at I-35W at Stinson Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Northern Clay Center at 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a way of saying "thank you" for the enthusiastic support we experience with this event, a portion of the proceeds each year is donated to a selection of recipients.
In 2006, a helpful sum was donated to the North Branch Middle School Art Department. In 2007 we gave a donation to The Art Department at Chisago Lakes Schools High School to help in the purchase of clay making equipment. In the past, support has been given to the Weisman Art Museum, the U of M, Northern Clay Center, Rochester Arts Center, Potters For Peace, and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).