Seeing the connection between an object and the person who made it is a time-honored tradition in fine craft, and Saturday and Sunday, a group of bay area potters will demonstrate that connection. Tour de Clay, organized by the Florida West Coast Ceramic Society, spotlights 15 craftsmen working in four studios around the Tampa Bay area. Each offers a range of ceramics for sale. On Saturday, the studios will have kiln openings, meaning visitors will witness the aha! moment of the potter's world in which you see what made it through the firing process and what has become a pile of shards. Sunday will be devoted to throwing demonstrations, with the artists shaping clay on pottery wheels. All studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Shown is a vessel by Glenn Woods, one of the participating artists, of Pottery Boys Clay Studio. On the Web: tampatourdeclay.com.
Explore the potter's world in Tour de Clay, Dec. 13-14
Tour de Clay stops
Pottery Boys Clay Studio, 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor. (727) 504-6200 or potteryboys.com. Glenn Woods, Keith Herbrand, Harry Welsch and Kim Wellman. Kiln opening at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Clay and Paper Studio, 110 Peterson Lane, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9570 or claypaper.com. Ira Burhans and Kimberli Cummings. Kiln opening at noon Saturday.
Rising Sun Pottery, 1112 W Carmen St., Tampa. (813) 253-6055. Peter Streit, Joshua Streit, Chuck McGee, L.C. McGee, Mark Fehl and Kim Kirchman. Kiln opening at 2 p.m. Saturday.
San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Road, San Antonio. (352) 588-4228 or sanantoniopottery.net. Jack Boyle, David Kastner and McKenzie Smith. Kiln opening at 4 p.m. Saturday followed by live music and refreshments.