More than 40 artists, many with regional and national prominence, will participate in a first ever, self guided tour of NJ Ceramic Studios, May 2 and May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This free event allows the public to enter the normally private work spaces of professional potters who live and work in New Jersey. The tour will appeal to those who like pottery and appreciate hand-crafted, locally made art.  Families and visitors of all ages are welcome, and most studios will feature demonstrations during the weekend.

Participants will have the opportunity to set their own pace, and choose the studios they wish to visit. They will be able to meet and speak with the artists and see the studios where a vast variety of ceramic forms are created: from functional ware such as mugs, pitchers and platters and more, to sculptural work. Throughout the two-day event, artists will demonstrate how they work with clay, including wheel throwing, hand building, decorating and glazing. Raku firings will also be held at some studios. Tourgoers can purchase work directly from the artist, or just window shop and enjoy the demonstrations and refreshments. Children are welcome!

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A tour brochure in PDF format is available at http://pgnjstudiotour.org. The brochure includes photos of artist's work, maps and addresses and contact information as well as links to the individual artist's websites.

In our area, you could start your tour at Country Squire Pottery, 26 West High Street, Somerville, and pick up brochures there for other studios on the tour.  www.countrysquirepottery.com  www.facebook.com/countrysquirepottery

The Potter's Guild of New Jersey was founded in 1987 to promote the development of New Jersey's ceramic artists and the exchange of knowledge in support of their creative endeavors.  The organization provides a forum for education, networking, sales and marketing opportunities, in a positive environment that enhances the art and science of pottery.  The Guild's membership is comprised of individuals, including professional and recreational potters, educators and students.