Tour de Clay covers a lot of ground geographically and artistically. It's a big ceramics shout-out on Saturday and Sunday that roams through four counties and six studios, this year featuring work by 20 creative and diverse ceramic artists.
The studios have staggered their Saturday kiln openings so you can experience the potential drama more than once during the day. (A kiln opening can be, to a potter, like the opening of an ancient tomb; you never know if you'll find your lovely objects intact or in shards.)
Most will have demonstrations, and many will have entertainment and refreshments, culminating with a big party from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at San Antonio Pottery. It's all free except for the art, of course, which could shorten your holiday shopping list considerably.
New to Tour de Clay, now in its fourth year, is a drawing to win a pot from a group donated by the studios. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit local charities, which range from arts programs to animal agencies. Go to tampa tourdeclay.com for more information, a map and directions to each studio.
Lennie Bennett can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8293.
ARTpool Gallery has moved from its teeny-tiny spot to a spacious storefront, and that's reason to celebrate. The grand opening kicks off with Wicked Winter Wonderland, an art and fashion show featuring theatrical and couture local runway designs, video art projections and more at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 advance, $20 at the door. (727) 324-3878. Of course, you must wear something festive. Sequins would be nice.