Exploring Creativity and Craftsmanship – The Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour

by Teri Link

Twenty Dirty Hands self-guided pottery tour will take place on October 13-15 in the Tri-State area. Now in its 22nd year, the Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour offers a glimpse into the world of ceramics. This annual tour is free and open to the public. The tour provides art lovers, especially those interested in clay work and ceramic processes, a chance to visit multiple art studios in the area and buy work directly from local artists. What began as a gathering of ten local potters has blossomed into a remarkable celebration of pottery, which this year features twelve core members and eleven guest artists who will collectively present their work.

The roots of the Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour are found in the community bonded by a shared love for clay and a deep appreciation for the tranquility of small-town life along the Mississippi River. One of the most intriguing aspects of this tour is the sheer diversity of styles and forms that attendees encounter. While pottery serves as the common thread binding these artists, the range of expressions is staggering. Tour attendees may be surprised by the incredible versatility of clay as they witness a multitude of objects brought to life by skilled hands.

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