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James Guggina and Maya Machin At Paradise City This weekend

Come join Asparagus Valley Potters Guild members Maya and Jamie this Memorial Day weekend at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA. Great Pots, Great Food, Great Music! At the three county fairgrounds: 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA.

May 25, 26 & 27
Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm
Monday: 10 am-4 pm

Click here to get $2 off your admission price.

See you there!


News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

2012 has started off being very active for me as far as exhibitions go. 8 Fluid Ounces 2012, a national juried/invitational exhibition of ceramic cups, juried by Kristen Kieffer, was from January 25 – February 25, 2012, hosted by Louisiana State University School of Art.  International Cup 2012, an international ceramic cup competition, juried by Jayson Lawfer and Emily Schroeder, was from February 02 – February 24 at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Cups of Fire, a national ceramic cup competition, juried by Susan Beiner, was on view from March 29 – February 25, 2012 at the Clay Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI. Currently I am exhibiting in Daily Companions, hosted by Baltimore Clayworks (juried by Linda Christianson and John Wilson), from March 3rd- April 14th, 2012.

I have the pleasure to participate in three invitational ceramics exhibitions that are in conjunction with NCECA’s annual conference, being held in the city of Seattle, WA. from March 28 to March 31. This conference (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) is the largest gathering of Ceramics educators, artists, craftspeople, collectors and enthusiasts in the USA, and possibly the world.

KOBO Gallery, in Seattle, is hosting a sake vessel exhibition, curated by John Dix of Japan. Entitled, “Ocean in a Cup: Contemporary Sake Vessels from Japan and America“, it features the works of approximately 10 American and 10 Japanese artists.


 POTS Gallery, in Seattle, is hosting an exhibition entitled, “100 Wood-Fired Cups“, curated by Chuck Hindes and Peter Olsen. The show opened on March 2nd, and runs through April 6.


An international exhibition of chawan, entitled “From the Center to the Edge“, showcases the tea bowls of  25 – 30 artists from Japan, Korea, Europe and the USA. Curated by Rob Fornell and Rick Mahaffey, the show will be on view  March 26 – March 30 at TCC Gallery, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA. Afterwards, selected works will travel to New York City and be shown at Calvin-Morris Gallery.  


from Donna McGee

Here’s a photo I just received this morning from a wonderful collector. It was titled “Favorite Dishes.”

Donna McGee three pots in Sink

Favorite Dishes

AVPG Workshop with Catherine White

Catherine serves up a great workshop!

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See pics on our workshop page too!

News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

The two pieces below were recently juried into the Second Annual Muddy’s Wood Fire Classic:

Natural Ash Glazed Tokkuri (Sake Bottle)

Oni Shino Chawan (Tea Bowl)

This exhibition, showcasing wood fired ceramics, will be shown at The Meyers Gallery, 2610 S. Halladay Street, Santa Ana, CA. The show dates are November 13 – December 21, 2010. There will be an artists’ reception on December 4th. The show can be viewed online at:

This piece was juried into the Third Annual Cup Show: Form and Fuction:

Wood Fired Tea Cup

The show will be exhibited in the Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Gulf Coast Community College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL, from November 12 – December 3, 2010. An opening reception will be held Friday, November 12, 2010 from 5-7 pm.

The Berkshire Craft Fair

huge lawn sign for The Berkshire Craft FairLove this sign on the lawn of Monument Mtn. Regional H. S. in Great Barrington Mass. Myself, Donna McGee, and four of us from our potters’ Guild are exhibiting here this sales-tax-free weekend. Those are famous dogs guarding the sign!

Pottery Tours and the Effect on the Local Economy

Thinking about how our pottery trail has been a great asset for our local economy, and how the many pottery tours around the country do the same.   I just spoke to Mary Barringer who is part of our pottery trail here and has been an invited guest to Bob Briscoe’s studio for many years on the St. Croix Pottery tour. She mentioned how much money that tour brings in on sales each year…way more than ours!  (The St. Croix Pottery Tour is in it’s 18th year.)  Our pottery trail is only in its 6th year and is doing very well.

A few days after our pottery trail I wrote a letter to the editor in our local newspaper.  I just thought I’d share it here.  I think as artist/potters it is important that we let our local officials, and the common citizen know what artists bring to our economy.

When we think of our local economy, we all have our thoughts and ideas about what will sustain and support our lives here. As an artist and firm believer in buying local, I am happy to share one of the ways a group of potters contributes to our local economy.

This weekend of April 24-25 was the 6th annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  We would like to thank all of the locals who attended our studios.  As the years go by we have also attracted more and more visitors from afar. They come to see the many nationally recognized potters on the tour… and they also come for a weekend getaway to this beautiful valley. This year’s tour was by far the most well attended.  Hundreds of visitors came for the day, or stayed for the weekend. Visitors came from Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and from NY, NJ, CT, VT, NH, ME, PA, spending nearly $40,000 in two days at the 10 studios.

As a group of artists we are proud to bring so many visitors to the Pioneer Valley.  Not only did these visitors spend their dollars supporting local artists, they also supported our local B&B’s, hotels, restaurants and shops.

We look forward to many more years and the ever-growing popularity of this local cultural event, which celebrates the enormous talent of our Valley’s artists.

So, if you missed the tour this year, come for a visit next April and discover one of the areas most precious “local resources”, its artists.

To find out more about our tour, visit our website:

Lucy Fagella- Greenfield, and all the potters on the tour

Tiffany Hilton- Greenfield, Tom White- Northfield, Molly Cantor- Shelburne Falls, Mary Barringer-Shelburne Falls, Steve Earp- Shelburne Falls, Donna McGee- Hadley, Angela Fina- Amherst, Francine Ozereko- Pelham, Michael Cohen- Pelham