Art of the Pot

Teapots for Mum?

Teapot by Stan Irvin
Teapot by Stan Irvin
Teapot by Lisa Orr
Teapot by Lisa Orr

How does your mother like her tea? Green, black, or cold with sugar? Who cares as long as it's served up in a custom container with love? I admit to purchasing Le Creuset items in San Marcos after 8pm, but the kitchen items I never regret are the handmade pieces. When a pot is made by hand, it retains the feel of the artisan, the scale of that person. I declare that morning coffee should not be served in a crappy travel aluminum shell. Heck, ceramics are surprisingly durable. I've bounced porcelain off my concrete floor with proud results. Art of the Pot is here for your Mother's Day weekend family activity and gifting pleasure. The annual tour features all functional work, but with so much style you might want to put these items on a shelf. Looking strong this year are locals Stan Irvin and Lisa Orr. Austin potter Ryan McKerley, who teaches at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio and was just on the cover of Ceramics Monthly, continues to develop his fine textures and will be showing with the highly original Meredith Brickell from Raleigh, N.C., Art of the Pot brings quite a lot of national talent down to Austin. The expert glazing skills of Michael Roseberry from Tiverton, R.I., also will be shown at Marian Haigh's studios. It seems that with five locations showing 11 guest artists, all the stops will be worth the visit.

This year, Art of the Pot will present the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts with a purchase prize for its world-class permanent collection. The organization is also partnering with ClayWays Studios for a "reunion exhibit" May 11-20 (opening reception Thursday, May 11, 7-10pm). Visit the ClayWays Studios, 5442 Burnet, to see the excellent list of past tour participants. And don't miss the first in a series of "Pottery Confidential" panel discussions, Why Potters Do the Things They Do, featuring the five tour hosts, Haigh, McKerley, Orr, Claudia Reese, and Rebecca Roberts, Sunday, 2pm, at the Helm Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on the St. Stephen's School campus, 2900 Bunny Run. Art of the Pot continues to grow and attract talent, so go ahead, take your mom out for a few stops.

Art of the Pot takes place May 13-14, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm, at the studios of Marian Haigh, 2600 Bridle Path; Ryan McKerley 2710 E. Cesar Chavez; Lisa Orr, 1502 Alta Vista; Claudia Reese, 709 N. Tumbleweed Trail; and Rebecca Roberts, 205 Canyon Rim. For more information, visit

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