Tour de Clay a two-day celebration of baked goods

Tour de Clay returns Saturday and Sunday for its third year, bigger and better. It has grown from four to six pottery studios featuring demonstrations by 20 artists working in a variety of styles, and you're invited to visit them all.

Each will have a kiln opening, that dramatic moment when all is revealed, either intact or in shards, after a long, slow bake. Chances are slim that disaster will await behind the door since these people are pros, but it's still a fun moment: Get your Christmas gifts hot out of the oven!

The openings are on Saturday, timed so that you can attend them all. Or, more realistically, so you can fit one into your schedule. (See the list.)

Studio hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Don't be shy. Artists love to talk about their work and in this case show you how they work. It's all free and there's a party at the last opening on Saturday. Fire it up.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

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The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kiln openings at the studios on Saturday are staggered so that visitors can attend them all. There are ongoing demonstrations both days. Go to tampatourdeclay.com for more examples of the ceramics being offered for sale and a map.

Participating studios

Pottery Boys Clay Studios, 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor: Glenn Woods and Keith Herbrand are joined by guest artists Kimberli Cummings and John Bauman. Kiln opening at 9 a.m.

Clay and Paper Studio, 110 Peterson Lane, Palm Harbor: Ira Burhans is joined by guest artist John Moore. Kiln opening at 10 a.m.

Rising Sun Pottery, 1112 W Carmen St., Tampa: Peter Streit is joined by son Joshua Streit and guest artist Danny Meisinger. Kiln opening at noon.

Wellman and Welsch Pottery, 17202 Whirley Road, Lutz: Harry Welsch and Kim Welman are joined by guest artist John Kellum. Kiln opening at 2 p.m.

Hidden Lake Pottery, 16705 Hutchinson Road, Odessa: Kim Kirchman and Mark Fehl are joined by Chuck McGee , L.C. McGee and guest artist Jonathan Barnes . Kiln opening at 3 p.m.

San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Road, San Antonio: Jack Boyle is joined by McKenzie Smith and guest artist Michele Ginouves. Kiln opening at 5 p.m. followed by live music and refreshments.

Tour de Clay a two-day celebration of baked goods 12/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 3:30am]

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