May 9, 2013

Guillermo Cuellar & Friends Fall Pottery Sale

18855 263rd Street, Shafer, Minnesota
Friday, September 21 - 10am-5pm
Saturday, September 22 - 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 23 - 10am-5pm

This annual 3-day sale on the St. Croix Trail takes place at Cuellar’s studio. Guillermo will have a selection of beautiful handmade work, as well as guest potters Alana Cuéllar, Olivia Jenson, Jim Lorio and Mike Norman. Joining them are ceramic artist Ruth Martin with her playful sculptural figures, Paul Howe and his handmade furnishings in wood and steel, ArtAndes selling direct-trade Peruvian textiles, nature photographer Craig Blacklock with his new book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers and Joy Sorich, a thoughtful tea blender representing her business, Cup of Joy Tea. Enjoy a weekend celebrating handmade objects in the beautiful St. Croix Valley!

Relax, share food & drink with the artists, enjoy the brilliant autumn colors, and experience wonderful workmanship in a gorgeous rural setting.

Look for red sign for the pottery on St. Croix Trail (State Highway 95), ½ mile north of the intersection of Osceola Trail (MN/WI Highway 243).

Host Guillermo Cuellar moved to the St. Croix Valley from Venezuela in 2005 and makes strong, functional stoneware with rich crackled glazing, trailed decorations and salt-fired surfaces. His affordable prices encourage everyday use in the home and kitchen. Guillermo has been a Host Potter on The St. Croix Pottery Tour since 2011 and was featured on TPT’s program, MN Original, in 2012. His website:

Alana Cuellar is originally from Venezuela, but she moved to the St. Croix Valley in 2016.. Her work is functional, primarily wheel-thrown, and focuses on atmospheric firing techniques. See some of Alana's work

Olivia Jenson, from White Bear Lake, MN, is a potter and student who has studied at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Minnesota, and is now working full-time in the studio of Warren MacKenzie and making pots with him each day. She focuses on simple, inviting shapes, and is most interested in exploring texture and form.

Jim Lorio, from Boulder, Colorado, is a full-time studio potter whose subtle glazes of white, light blue and soft green decorate his classic, functional porcelain and stoneware forms. People will remember Jim from The St. Croix Pottery Tour where he is a guest potter, selling his well received work at very accessible prices. Jim has traveled the country teaching pottery workshops. See more about Jim

Ruth Martin, Minneapolis, MN, has done art her whole life. She studied painting in her teen years and attended a summer session at Black Mountain College in NC. Later she graduated from the University of Minnesota with an architecture degree. She learned to work in clay and has been doing this for many years. Her current work, small, eccentric, charming clay figures, is meant to comment on life. She sees these pieces as a kind of contemporary folk art.

Mike Norman, from the Twin Cities, has also been a regular featured guest potter on the St. Croix Pottery Tour and is widely recognized for his colorful, fanciful sculptures and whimsical drawings of rabbits, cats and dogs (a few of the favorites of his unique menagerie) on his pieces. Mike received a McKnight Foundation fellowship for ceramic art. More on Mike

Craig Blacklock is an award-winning nature photographer specializing in the interface of land and water. Known for his many books on Lake Superior, Craig’s book, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Craig kayaked the length of both rivers and also photographed them from a drone, providing never-before-seen views. Website for book:

Melanie Ebertz/ArtAndes The ancient craft of back-strap loom weaving will be demonstrated by two master weavers from Chinchero, Peru. Maruja & Juana represent a non- profit textile cooperative that has revived the complex techniques of hand-spun and natural dyed weaving. They will have lovely textiles for sale. Stillwater-based Melanie Ebertz/ArtAndes works closely with the organization and will have a select offering of rugs available as well.

Paul Howe, from St. Croix Falls, WI, wants to bring warm, hand-made objects into the world for daily use and enjoyment. These objects are affordable because they are simple. “I work out of a small and simple shop. I use simple tools. I use simple materials. The work is important and serious, but it is joyful, and never precious. I hope you'll use these objects, really ding them up, and that they acquire a patina in the patterns of your life.”

Joy Sorich, from Woodbury, MN, has an online organic tea company, Cup of Joy Tea, providing tea lovers with premium organic loose-leaf tea sourced from biodynamic, organic and ethical, fair wage farming communities. Joy’s education in food science and culinary arts informs her view of tea having immense health benefits. Cup of Joy Tea it is sold through Etsy at and can also be found at the Golden Fig in Saint Paul and Tailor Made Nutrition in Woodbury.





River Valley Potters

Guillermo Cuellar Pottery is part of the River Valley Potters, a group of potters in the St. Croix River Valley in WI and MN hosting sales events every fall.

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