May 9, 2013

Guillermo Cuellar & Friends Fall Pottery Sale

18855 263rd Street, Shafer, MinnesotaFALL-SALE-SCENE-1
Friday, September 22 - 10am-5pm
Saturday, September 23 - 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 24 - 10am-5pm

Celebrate wonderful handcrafted artwork at Guillermo Cuellar's annual fall pottery sale at his home and studio on the bluffs overlooking the wild and scenic St. Croix River. Guillermo, Dick Cooter, Alana Cuellar, Jim Lorio, and Mike Norman will offer unique handmade pottery, and weaver Debbie Cooter will offer beautiful decorative rugs and blankets.

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:

Dick Cooter, a Minnesota Native, is a guest potter at Guillermo Cuellar’s studio. He attended the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota and studied ceramics with Warren Mackenzie and John Reeve. Cooter’s pots are sturdy, bold, and they reflect the processes of making them. He uses simple decoration to enhance the rich surfaces of his work by baking them in long wood fires. Dick’s work has been featured in the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour in addition to exhibitions at both Guillermo and Warren Mackenzie’s studios. More on Dick

Alana Cuellar is originally from Venezuela, but she moved to the St. Croix Valley in 2016. As a potter, Alana is currently working under the guidance of several artists in the St. Croix Valley. Her work is functional, primarily wheel-thrown, and focuses on atmospheric firing techniques. In addition to her work as an artist, Alana is also passionate about enriching communities through the arts. See some of Alana's work

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

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

Debbie Cooter, a resident of Two Harbors, MN, has been weaving for over 35 years. She was first exposed to the art of weaving within the tradition of using recycled clothing to weave decorative and functional household items, which appealed both to her creative and thrifty nature. Since then, she has woven thousands of yards of rugs for people, developing her own style and color schemes along the way. She continues to experiment with different patterns, utilizing her own hand-dyed cloth and new cotton fabrics to create contemporary designs from a traditional craft. Read more about Debbie

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