BY LENNIE BENNETT
Times Art Critic
You, of course, are very busy at this time of year, racing around getting ready for the holidays. Tour de Clay is a nonrace and change of pace you'll enjoy. It's an art event that invites you to tool around the Tampa Bay area at your leisure Saturday and Sunday for drop-ins at four ceramics studios featuring 15 potters.
Why go to four ceramics studios?
Different artists, different techniques, different styles. And you can learn, even see, how they are created during your visit to the studios.
This is the second Tour de Clay, organized by the Florida West Coast Ceramics Society, a group of very fine artists. You may be familiar with some of them, but a few rarely exhibit their work so you'll find new discoveries among known favorites. There's a sweet surprise in the group, too: Eight-year-old Joshua Streit, the son of established ceramicist Peter Streit of Rising Sun Pottery, has developed his own ceramics style and fan base.
Each studio will have a kiln opening Saturday only. These are professionals, so the openings rarely unveil a totally disastrous view of ceramics blown to shards, but the unpredictability of glazes always ensures surprises. They're timed so you can go to them all.
At the final stop, San Antonio Pottery in Pasco County, the kiln opening at 4 p.m. will be followed by live music and refreshments. Sounds like a party.
Lennie Bennett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8293.