Pick a piece of pottery, or make one, during Bayfield County eventFive Bayfield County artists are opening their studios to the public on Aug. 3-4 as part of the Bayfield Peninsula Third Annual Pottery Tour. The potters live in Cornucopia, LaPointe and Washburn and will be displaying and selling their art. Guest artists are joining the hosts, adding their pottery and perspectives to the tour.
Five Bayfield County artists are opening their studios to the public on Aug. 3-4 as part of the Bayfield Peninsula Third Annual Pottery Tour. The potters live in Cornucopia, LaPointe and Washburn and will be displaying and selling their art. Guest artists are joining the hosts, adding their pottery and perspectives to the tour. Most of the artists will be giving on-site demonstrations of ceramic techniques. The tour is self-guided with freedom to visit any and all of the studios between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on either day. Meet the artisans who create art from earth and fire and purchase pottery from the source.
Elisa Wilson’s studio Soulfire Pottery on Chequamegon Bay is one mile south of Washburn on Highway 13. Bright yellow directional signs will assist you in turning into the correct driveway, as they will at every studio. Eli is now working with an electric kiln and finds that applying under glazes has been very satisfying.
Karissa Livingston is Eli’s’ guest artist. She makes pottery out of the necessity of form but says that shape is what causes someone to pick up the vessel. Karissa lives in Minocqua where she owns Earth Goods.
On Big Rock Road is From the Earth Studio, where Pat Juett creates her functional platters, bowls, vases and tiles from mid-range porcelain. Pat will be inviting tour participants to hand decorate slabs of clay that will be incorporated into a new studio mosaic sign.
Two Washburn potters join Pat for the tour. Michael McKenna, Smiling Son Pottery, is currently working with stoneware clay making a variety of functional pottery, specializing in fermentation crocks and Doumbek hand drums. Michael and his wife Lea Rolfson will demonstrate how to make sauerkraut and kim chi in hand thrown fermentation crocks.
Wayne Hammon, ceramic sculptor, creates handmade one of a kind pieces that he fires in a gas raku kiln. He also makes latex rubber mold impressed tiles, pots, and planters using red terra cotta clay. Wayne will be demonstrating the use of hand rolled slabs using the latex rubber molds, a technique attributed to the ancient Mayans. The ancient Korean firing technique, raku, will be demonstrated with a gas kiln and sawdust reduction.
Down Big Rock Road, Jill Lorenz at Su Casa Design works with earthenware clay and hand-builds her forms from slabs and extrusions. The pieces are bisque- and glaze-fired in a seven cubic-foot electric kiln in her studio.
Jill will be demonstrating hand-building techniques and how she uses a slab roller and pneumatic extruder. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, visitors will have an opportunity to experiment with texturing and impressing clay slabs.
Jonathan Walburg is Su Casa Design’s guest potter. He uses materials found on the Bayfield Peninsula, working with local red clay and local beach sand, and making his own glazes from local plants’ ashes. Stop by to watch him demonstrate Japanese and Korean throwing techniques or ask about his ceramic studies around the world.
Across the peninsula on the South Shore of Lake Superior, Evan Hestekin has a shop, The Pottery, next to the harbor. For the tour, he is welcoming the public to his studio in his home on Lakeshore Drive. Two of his mentors are guest artists.
Dave Caradori creates wood-fired porcelain, salt-fired stoneware, and reduction gas-fired pottery.
Jim Grittner makes simple forms that are true to their original assignment. A bowl is above all else a bowl. He was professor of ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and retired in 2010 after 47 years of teaching. He continues to throw pots.
In Bayfield, leave your car near the ferry landing and take a boat ride to visit the fifth artist, Deena Schuppe. Inspired by a powerful lake and island bounty, her focus is functional stoneware in earthy hues - deep reds, black highlights, sage greens, and sky blues. Deena will be performing throwing demonstrations on the hour each tour day. Her studio in Woods Hall on Main Street is only a five-minute walk from the ferry landing.
For more information on the artists, maps and directions, and photographs of the art, visit our website at www.superiortour.org.