Friday, Oct. 14: 5 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, Oct. 15: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 16: 11 am - 5 pm
The twentysecond annual Clay Fest will be held the weekend of October 14 - 16th, 2022 at the Lane County Fair Grounds. The show and sale will include work by nearly 70 local and regional clay artists.
Clay Fest draws artists from all over Oregon. Oregon is nationally known for the for the quality of ceramic art produced here. This is a great opportunity buy unique handmade pieces directly from the artists who make the work. Plus, all the money goes back into the community.
Clay Fest is planned and run by the artists who participate in the show. A small percentage of the proceeds is used to fund the show, the rest goes directly to the artists and to charity. The show is a fund raiser for Local Clay and its Clay in Education program, which provides funding for ceramic activities in local schools.
It's amazing how clay - the common medium to all - can be made to take on so many diverse forms. There is truly something for everyone's taste here - some quite unique and decorative; others more functional and useful in a hundred different ways. Jewelry, tiles, plates, cups and bowls in great variety, whimsical little animal forms, wall hangings, pots for plants, vases for flowers, and sculptures to stand out in your home, the assortment covers the entire gamut from primitive to exotic. The imaginations of the participating ceramic artists know no limit.
Clay Fest looks a little different this year. We're back in person at the Lane Events Center Auditorium, Friday through Sunday, October 14-16. But there's been some changes. When we began planning Clay Fest in January, we had no way of knowing what the situation would be in October, so we were cautious. We decided not to include anything that would cause people to congregate in one place for any length of time. So no Demonstration stage. No Kid's Clay Area, although we're preparing take-out kits, with clay and simple tools, for kids to play with at home. And no centralized check-out. Long lines, waiting to pay, were deemed an unacceptable risk, so we're reverting to a more traditional art fair structure. Individual potters will take sales in their own booths, wrap and bag your purchases. We will still have Holding Tables, though, where you can park your purchased treasures before going to look for more. Still the same: The central Gallery, where we each display a special piece of work. The People's Choice award (cast your vote by Saturday at 11am). And over fifty local and regional ceramic artists, bringing their best work for you. See you there!
A copy of our quARTerly magazine article is available here Clay Fest Story