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Visit the homes and studios of Highland Park potters, The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the Union Project Ceramics Co-op at the ninth annual Highland Park Pottery Tour. 

Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and buy local artwork for the holidays.

Follow us – instagram.com/highlandparkpotterytour

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Choose your own route along the tour. The furthest stops are only one mile apart, so the whole tour is walkable, and there is also plenty of free street parking available. Pick up a passport at your first stop and get it stamped at each house you visit. Turn it in at your last stop, and each stamp you have will enter your name into a drawing for free pottery after the tour is over.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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90.5 WESA - Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station

91.3 WYEP - Where the Music Matters

PG&H - America’s Maker Foundry

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary - Preparing for Ministry in the Way of Jesus

Standard Ceramic Supply Company - We Set the Standard in the Art of Clay

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ARTISTS

Each stop features the work of the host artist, plus other local or national clay artists.

5505 Avondale Pl  Joseph Delphia with Scott Cornish, Nancy Smeltzer and Talon Smith

5505 Avondale Pl
Joseph Delphia with Scott Cornish, Nancy Smeltzer and Talon Smith

6342 Jackson St  Stephanie Flom with Ryan Greenheck and Kyle Houser

6342 Jackson St Stephanie Flom with Ryan Greenheck and Kyle Houser

616 N Highland Ave  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted by Jeff Guerrero with Laura Jean McLaughlin, Bryce Hemington and Margy Law

616 N Highland Ave
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted by Jeff Guerrero with Laura Jean McLaughlin, Bryce Hemington and Margy Law

5511 Avondale Pl   Keith Hershberger with Mark Arnold, Meredith Host and Alex Watson

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Keith Hershberger with Mark Arnold, Meredith Host and Alex Watson

5800 Wellesley Ave  Jenna Vanden Brink with The Glastonbury Collective, STAK Ceramics and Reiko Yamamoto

5800 Wellesley Ave Jenna Vanden Brink with The Glastonbury Collective, STAK Ceramics and Reiko Yamamoto

801 N.Negley Ave  Union Project Ceramics Co-op

801 N.Negley Ave Union Project Ceramics Co-op

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 616 N. HIGHLAND AVE

PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

HOSTED BY JEFF GUERRERO WITH LAURA JEAN MCLAUGHLIN, BRYCE HEMINGTON, AND MARGY LAW

JEFF GUERRERO believes that by making functional, one of a kind pieces, the end user of the product is able to incorporate art into their daily life. After eight years of hosting a stop in his second-floor apartment, this year Jeff will be welcoming guests into the sky-lit dining hall of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Guests can enjoy plenty of free parking for the duration of the tour, and they can also enjoy free admission to the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology. instagram.com/guerreroceramics

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LAURA JEAN MCLAUGHLIN received an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University. Her work has been exhibited in more than 100 galleries and museums, and has been featured in numerous books and periodicals. She has created more than 100 collaborative mosaic murals and installations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and as far away as Tolne, Denmark. Her work is in the collection of the City of Pittsburgh, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Carlow College, Whole Foods Market, the Porter-Price Collection, Kohler Art Center, Kohler Company, and HBO in New York. instagram.com/ljmclay

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BRYCE HEMMINGTON is a ceramic artist with over 10 years experience working in the arts. After receiving a BFA from Edinboro University and a teaching certification from Carlow he perused a MFA from Indiana University of Pa. He was a resident artist at Touchstone center for the Crafts in 2014 and exhibited his thesis exhibition in 2014. Currently he works for Manchester Craftsman’s guild as a teaching artist and creates work from his home studio in south hills of Pittsburgh. instagram.com/brycehemington

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Margy Law, a USAir flight attendant for 34 years, retired after 9/11, attended culinary school and operated a personal chef business for a decade. Her life took another significant turn when her husband became ill and passed. Although she had long been drawn to ceramics and pottery, Margy didn’t pursue this interest until 10 years ago. Now she has a small studio in her Economy home, teaches at Stray Cat Studio in Beaver Falls, volunteers in the ceramics studio of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and signs up for “all types of art classes to keep the little gray cells active.” instagram.com/margannlaw

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 6342 JACKSON ST

STEPHANIE FLOM

with ryan greenheck and KYLE HOUSER

STEPHANIE FLOM has worked as an environmental educator, community organizer, and an arts administrator. She has completed projects that combine art and community and brought cultural resources to under-served Pittsburgh neighborhoods, for example, The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty and Dance Alloy Neighborhood Dance Center in Friendship.

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RYAN GREENHECK received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.  He also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002.  He has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions and invitational shows since 2000.  His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country.  Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

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KYLE HOUSER has been involved in fine arts and education for over twenty years including: teaching in public schools, private schools and international. He worked as an art teacher at the secondary level for nine years prior to returning to graduate school. Along with teaching, his experience includes: arts management, gallery direction and curatorial work as well as curriculum and program development for higher education, public non-profits and residency programs like the School of Art within the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Currently, Kyle Houser works full time as the Studio Arts Program Manager for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as well as teaching part time with the Community College of Allegheny County.

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 5800 WELLESLY AVE

JENNA VANDEN BRINK

with The Glastonbury Collective, stak ceramics and Reiko Yamamoto

JENNA VANDEN BRINK Formally established in 2016, Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics offers handmade, functional ceramic wares. Building on her formal academic training and experience as a non-profit ceramics program manager, Jenna spent seven years refining her current line of home goods and wearables. Her style is versatile, and her ceramics feature drawings ranging from loose sketches of fruits and vegetables to detailed floral patterns. Handmade from start to finish at her Sharpsburg, PA studio, each piece in Jenna’s collection exhibits subtle whimsy in a modern way. instagram.com/jennavandenbrink

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 THE GLASTONBURY COLLECTIVE Based in an old stone home in Detroit, MI, The Glastonbury Collective is a group of artists & creatives living and working collaboratively. instagram.com/theglastonburycollective

STAK CERAMICS Founded in 2011, Stak Ceramics is a creative collaboration between Heather Connolly and Myles Geyman. We strive to make work that is thoughtfully designed and skillfully crafted. We continually seek out new techniques and processes to further develop our work. Our products are designed to add organization, convenience and style to the well lived life. Everything Stak Ceramics designs and produces is done with great care in Pittsburgh, PA. instagram.com/stak_ceramics

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REIKO YAMAMOTO makes modern, versatile, and functional pottery for everyday use. In 2013, Reiko began her studio practice in Pittsburgh, after studying fine art at The College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her aesthetic and collection are most influenced by her childhood in Japan. Reiko ate daily meals from handmade pottery. Her family’s table filled with an eclectic array of serving pieces and dishes in various sizes, shapes, and patterns. Today, Reiko’s range of tabletop and home goods are made to mix-and-match and create a meaningful collection. instagram.com/reikoyamamotostudio

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Another piece from the gold luster firing - platter with painted and silkscreened slip and gold coneflowers. Come see it in person this weekend at stop 4 of the @michianapotterytour Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-4

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KEITH HERSHBERGER

with MARK ARNOLD, meredith host AND alex watson

 KEITH HERSHBERGER  is a potter living in Pittsburgh, PA who has been making a living working in clay for over 20 years. You can find his work in several regional and national galleries, at shows throughout the east coast and midwest, as well as at The Highland Park Pottery Tour, a neighborhood based house tour where ceramic artists invite the public into their homes and studios to view and purchase their work, which he founded with several friends in 2011. His work has been published in 500 Prints on Clay and in Graphic Clay by Jason Burnett. He graduated from Goshen College with a B.A. in Fine Art with a focus on ceramics. instagram.com/kghershberger

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MARK ARNOLD is a studio potter living and working in Elizabeth City, NC.  Mark was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and began taking ceramic classes at a community college, shortly after he transferred to Edinboro University where he received his B.F.A in ceramics.  In the spring of 2017 Mark received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Mark’s work is represented by multiple galleries around the country and was recently named one of Ceramics Monthly’s 2018 Emerging Artists. instagram.com/markarnold_ceramics

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MEREDITH HOST bio

 ALEX WATSON bio

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 5505 AVONDALE PL

JOSEPH DELPHIA

WITH SCOTT CORNISH, nancy smeltzer AND TALON SMITH

JOSEPH DELPHIA graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied art education, ceramics, and sculpture. After receiving his BFA and BS in 2007 he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began teaching for various organizations including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Union Project. In 2008 he joined the faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County where he is an Assistant Professor of Art. In 2017 Joseph Earned his MFA in Ceramic Art from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Joseph lives with his wife and daughter in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood and maintains a studio in nearby Sharpsburg where he creates functional wood-fired pottery. instagram.com/josephdelphiaceramics

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SCOTT CORNISH developed a keen interest in art while attending high school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University and went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at West Virginia University.  Graduate school afforded Cornish the opportunity to spend a semester studying Art in China.   After graduating with an MFA degree, he started teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County.  Teaching quickly became a passion, as he struck a balance between helping others achieve their creative potential and the production and evolution of his own creative endeavors.

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NANCY SMELTZER was introduced to wood firing and vapor glazing during her ceramic studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2000 she moved to Smicksburg where she established Little Mahoning Creek Pottery. She fires her work in the two wood kilns a Bourry box and a Manabigama which she built , Nancy has always been fascinated with the way wood ash and salt enhance her drawings of birds and the natural world. Nancy is a juried member of both the Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s guild and the Pennsylvania guild of Craftsmen.

TALON SMITH: was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  She began studying ceramics at CCAC in 2008 and continued her education at Carlow University.  Smith is a teaching artist at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as well as a studio potter.  She currently works out of a studio in Pittsburgh, PA that she shares with Three Rivers Clay Works.

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 801 N. NEGLEY AVE

UNION PROJECT CERAMICS CO-OP

WITH Molly Bee, Creative CERAMICS Collective (CCC), Carina Kooiman, Mark Vander Heide, Emmanuelle Wambach AND Janet Watkins

Union Project’s Ceramics Cooperative is a membership program providing studio space, equipment, and community for ceramic artists.

This unique program offers the opportunity for ceramic artists to grow and strengthen their creative process and skills in a supportive, communal environment. Members work in a shared studio, energize one another, share knowledge, and collaborate. While taking part in a thriving ceramics environment, members also participate in community-based programming that serves the greater Pittsburgh community. instagram.com/unionproject

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CONTACT

Michelle Clesse
Union Project
(412)-363-4550 x229
michelle@unionproject.org

HOURS

11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday December 14 & 15

The Highland Park Pottery Tour is an intimate experience that welcomes guests right into the artist's homes. Art lovers and artists mingle in living rooms and studios, discuss ceramics techniques together, and share snacks at kitchen counters.

You’ll experience Highland Park in a whole new way as you walk from cozy stop to cozy stop, and get a chance to buy beautiful, handmade ceramics direct from the makers.

Take a break from the contemporary work to see some 2,000 year old pottery at The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, which will be open during tour hours. The museum is free, and located right along the tour route at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave.

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Many of the images on this site were photographed by the wonderful and talented Cara Rufenacht.

Visit cararufenacht.com for her portfolio and contact information.