Crow Valley Pottery celebrates its 55th year with the presentation of its annual Potter’s Fest opening Friday, July 18. The show features, in addition to work from Crow Valley’s own studio, the varied pottery of nearly 50 artists!
Crow Valley Pottery was opened in 1959 by Richard Schneider and Bud McBride in Schneider’s family cabin. This historic location has served the shop continuously, with the studio on the grounds as well. Richard and Bud made virtually all the wares sold at the shop themselves, using Orcas Island clay as a signature of their pots; in fact their pottery is coveted by collectors these days. The duo retired in 1994, passing the shop on to Richard’s nephew Jeffri Coleman and partner Michael Rivkin, who continue to operate the shop to this day. Over the years at the hands of Coleman and Rivkin, the shop has invited other artists to show their works, and evolved into a well-rounded gallery. In 2007, the shop added a Main Street location in Eastsound, expanding the shop’s calendar to a year-round venue. And a major part of the shop’s continued popularity is the Summer Show Series held at “The Cabin” including the upcoming Potter’s Fest.
This year’s Potter’s Fest features the varied works of nearly 50 potters from the San Juan’s and across the country. This year’s theme celebrates American Folk Art, in recognition of Crow Valley’s original roots!
Crow Valley’s Potter’s Fest opens Friday, July 18 with a reception at its historic Cabin shop, from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through August.
Contact the shop at 376- 4260 for more info.