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Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour online

September 26 - September 27

Maya Machin's tiered vessel shades from dun to amber to jade.

The 14th Annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour is adapting to the pandemic. For the last 13 years, nine local potters have opened their studios and kilns to visitors for a weekend of ceramics, conversation and demonstrations. The tour has earned national recognition as one of the premier craft events in the Northeast, showing everything from functional mugs to sculptural objects in varied clays, colors, surfaces, and forms.

This year, Hilltown 6 artists and 20 guest artists will offer their wares for purchase online, and several studios are offering scheduled visits on the site or online over the weekend, by appointment only. They will give a part of the revenue to support the distribution of art supplies to local public schools, and in housing developments served by the Community Food Distribution Project through the organization Art At Home.

These pottters will offer appointments in person — Robbie Heidinger, Maya Machin, Hiroshi Nakayama, Mark Shapiro, and Sam Taylor.

These potters will offer appointments online – Robbie Heidinger, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Constance Talbot, and Sam Taylor.

This year, pottery demos will move online and will become live throughout the weekend. Visitors can still meet the potters as they learn about the contemporary craft and watch a master potter turn a lump of clay into a pot or take a look inside a wood kiln and hear about how it is fired as they discover the out-of-the-way studios of the group and learn how the artists work. Check Hilltown’s demonstrations page for details.

Hilltown 6 is a group of nationally recognized potters based in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts: Robbie Heidinger, Christy Knox, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Hiroshi Nakayama, Mark Shapiro, Eric Smith, Constance Talbot, and Sam Taylor.

This year, 20 guest artists bring fresh variety to the online offerings on view: Hayne Bayless (CT), Ben Bonsell (MA), Ben Eberle (MA), Annette Gates (MA), Ellen Grenadier (MA), Tiffany Hilton (MA), Janel Jacobson (MN), Jody Johnstone, (ME), Rie McCarthy (MA), Mathew Munier (VT), Stephen Procter (VT), Romulus Craft (VT), Paula Shalan (MA), Adam Spector (NY), Will Swanson (MN), Reid Temple (intern), Steve Theberge (MA), Sumiyo Toribe (MA), Tom White (MA), and Adero Willard (MA).

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