Thursday, June 21, 2018
Things To Do

Tampa Bay Tour de Clay offers artistic journey to local studios

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary for the Tampa Bay Tour de Clay, which gets underway Saturday for a two-day jaunt through five clay studios in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Whether as a first-time experience or an annual pilgrimage, the tour offers travelers the opportunity to get out and support the artistic community and perhaps pick up a one-of-a-kind holiday gift.

The self-guided tour takes travelers on an artistic journey to working studios — some not generally open to the public — and promises an eclectic offering of functional, decorative and sculptural ceramic pieces, as well as a new stop this year at Schiemann Studio in St. Petersburg. Thirty-two artists from near and far will be exhibiting, so there’s an opportunity see art work that might not otherwise be seen locally. Those who visit all five studios over one or two days, are welcome to pick up a "passport," and have it stamped at each stop to be entered in a drawing to win pottery pieces and other prizes.

As tradition would have it, there’s an educational as well as altruistic element to the tour. Studio presentations and kiln openings will be staggered at various studios throughout the day, and artists will be on hand to talk about their techniques and inspiration. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to local charities and artistic organizations such as community radio station WMNF-88.5 FM, the Clearwater Clinic and the Residency Program at the Morean Center for Clay.

•••

IF YOU GO

The 10th annual Tampa Bay Tour de Clay stops:

• Schiemann Studio, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 4545 8th Ave., South, St. Petersburg. Artists: Matt Schiemann, Kimberli Cummings, Casey McDonough, Kyle Carpenter, Kelsey Nagy.

• Pottery Boys Studio, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor. Artists: Glenn Woods, Keith Herbrand, Fong Choo, Jennifer McCurdy, Jim and Shirl Parmentier. Ken Shields, Teresa Testa, Zan Barnes.

• Hidden Lake Pottery, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 16705 Hutchison Road, Odessa. Artists: Kim Kirchman, Mark Fehl, Jonathan Barnes, Chuck McGee, LC McGee, McKenzie Smith, Chandra DeBuse, Tommy Frank.

• Wellman and Welsch Pottery, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 17202 Whirley Road, Lutz. Artists: Harry Welsch, Kim Wellman, John Kellum, Carole Meier, Katherine Mathisen, Susan Bach

• San Antonio Pottery, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 11903 Curley St., San Antonio. Artists: Jack Boyle, Ira Burhans, Michele Ginouves, Alan Bennett, Bill Kidd, Tim Peters.

For more information, go to www.tampatourdeclay.com

Comments
Column: We can still save wild Florida, but time for panthers, black bears and us is running out

Column: We can still save wild Florida, but time for panthers, black bears and us is running out

When we dipped our paddles into Florida Bay at the mangrove fringe of Everglades National Park and took the first strokes of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, I’m not sure I fully understood the scope of the challenge we were facing. Six...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
MegaCon Tampa Bay celebrity guests include ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Doctor Who’ stars

MegaCon Tampa Bay celebrity guests include ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Doctor Who’ stars

MegaCon Tampa Bay has announced a lineup of celebrity guests that will likely conjure a mix of excitement and nostalgia among local geeks.They include Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who currently plays Negan on The Walking Dead, Christopher Lloyd, best known f...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Review: Look inside the tent of a Gibsonton-based sideshow in Tessa Fontaine’s memoir ‘The Electric Woman’

Review: Look inside the tent of a Gibsonton-based sideshow in Tessa Fontaine’s memoir ‘The Electric Woman’

Grief can unhinge us, disconnect us from our daily lives, make us do things we’ve never done. Grief made Tessa Fontaine run away and join the circus.To be more exact, the sideshow: World of Wonders, the last traditional traveling sideshow in the coun...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death

Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death

FORT LAUDERDALE — Authorities in Florida have arrested a suspect in the killing of rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in his luxury BMW electric car as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership.Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompan...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Like ‘a beer after a hockey fight,’ how to celebrate Canada Day in Tampa Bay

Like ‘a beer after a hockey fight,’ how to celebrate Canada Day in Tampa Bay

The event hopes to promote friendship between our fighting nations.
Updated: 7 hours ago
Luke Bryan talks love, acceptance and his growing depth before Tampa stop

Luke Bryan talks love, acceptance and his growing depth before Tampa stop

It’s been awhile since Luke Bryan crashed our party. The country music superstar who has racked up awards hasn’t blessed us ’round these parts in awhile. Bryan last played Tampa back in 2015. "We played many multiple nights at the (MidFlorida Credit ...
Published: 06/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 22

Daryl Hall and John Oates with Train : The legendary number-one selling duo and Train perform full sets and a joint set. Kandace Springs opens. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$125. (813) 301-2500; amaliearena.com.St. Pete ...
Published: 06/21/18
Three movies are in the works about Hulk Hogan and Gawker. Will they remember who’s the victim?

Three movies are in the works about Hulk Hogan and Gawker. Will they remember who’s the victim?

Sonny BunchAccording to Vulture, there are three separate movies in the works about the downfall of the New York-based gossip blog Gawker.One is based on the book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue; it will be a...
Published: 06/21/18
Plan your weekend: St. Pete Pride, Hall and Oates, Pixies, Logic, comics Jay Pharoah and Bobby Bones

Plan your weekend: St. Pete Pride, Hall and Oates, Pixies, Logic, comics Jay Pharoah and Bobby Bones

Rainbow connection Pride weekend: One of the largest Pride celebration in the Southeast happens this weekend in St. Petersburg, bringing a rainbow of activities. Things set off on Friday with the free SP2 Concert at North Straub Park, hosted by Coco ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Miss Vanjie talks her ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exit, memes, drag roots

Miss Vanjie talks her ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exit, memes, drag roots

Tampa might have the worst track record when it comes to contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.Both queens who hail from the Cigar City were eliminated right away during their seasons. Alisa Summers was the first boot on Season 4 in 2012. Then on Season ...
Updated: 5 hours ago