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GRAND RE-OPENING TONIGHT! OUR REMODEL IS COMPLETE!

We are so excited to be getting a fresh clean look! We have been in our current location for quite a few years and everything was getting worn out and our remodel is complete!

 Come see what our new space looks like at our…

Grand Re-Opening

First Friday, February 5, 2016

We are proud of our Spokane community that believes in the arts and local small business. We are honored by the support that made these changes possible.

Hope to see you there!

February 2015 – Dan Wallat & John Rokus

Our February Guest Artists have a variety of works that is sure to be of interest to everyone. Come by the shop First Friday, February 5th to meet each artist personally and see their exclusive works! Remember, they will be here all month…

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Dan Wallat

Dan has lived in the Spokane area all his life. His connection with nature was formed from years spent backpacking, camping, and fishing in the Northwest. He enjoys painting his favorite images from the locations he’s visited. Since his retirement in 2012, he’s been studying oil painting under local western artist, Joe Kronenberg. He continues to strive to improve as an artist in capturing the natural beauty around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Rokus SculptureJohn Rokus does steel sculpture – you have to see it to believe it! Sophisticated and fun all at the same time!

This is what John tells us about himself:

Born native to Oregon in 1971.
Lived in most of the western states, Portugal and Cape Verde Islands.
Lifetime avid creator and recycler.
God fearing Father of 3 and Husband of 1 true love.
Steel, Stone and all things everlasting are my favorite mediums.
Sound, movement and esthetics are found in my works which range from Harmonics to Hot Rods.

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The majority of my inspiration comes from the desire to create that which has never been created before.

January & February 2016 – Garden Party Fibers

imageJuaquetta Holcomb is back this year for the months of January and February with her wonderful handspun yarns and garments. You can find her frequently in the shop on weekends with her wheel spinning and fleece being spun into her beautiful skeins of yarn.

imageJuaquetta says: I learned to spin in the early 1990’s while living in Minnesota. I have been teaching knitting and sewing my entire life, with a Home Economics degree from Iowa State University providing a good foundation. I taught myself spinning for a few years, and then as spinning became more popular I took many workshops from famous teachers in spinning special fibers, different techniques and dye workshops.

Now living outside Spokane Washington my spinning has grown into a business I call Garden Party Fibers, this reflects my favorite place to spin, out in my gardens overlooking the mountains of north Idaho. I use wool, alpaca and mohair from local sheep growers.

imageA typical day finds me home washing wool, immersing it into roasters of colorful dyes. Most yarns I use only a picker for processing before spinning on my Louet wheel. This minimum processing helps preserve the beauty of the fiber and keeps the colors distinct. Each skein is about 3 hours work and most are put into 105 yard skeins.

imageThese yarns can be found at many yarn shops, local NW art festivals and weekends I set up my booth at the Kootenai County farmers market in Coeurd’Alene Idaho. I have designed many unique garment patterns for you to knit or crochet with these rustic yarns. My yarns have inspired many to take up their needles and knit again. Knitters can’t wait to knit with these unique rustic yarns and spinners find themselves experimenting with some rustic yarns of their own.

You can contact me at:

Email: Yarn@GardenPartyFibers.com

Website: GardenPartyFibers.com

Etsy: GardenPartyFibers.etsy

Phone: 509-290-0151

First Night Spokane – December 31, 2015

Join us December 31st for a fun night celebrating the coming new year with:

FIRST NIGHT SPOKANE

Winter Festival of Arts & Entertainment

7 to 11:40 pm

Enjoy the amazing talents and artwork of:

Amy Wharf – showcasing her skills on the potter’s wheel

Juaquetta Holcomb – creating homespun yarn

Anthony Gallaher – crafting jewelry

Loran Rants – a pen turner

First Night Schedule of Events

First Night Event Map

Exciting Changes for Pottery Place Plus!

We are so excited to be getting a fresh clean look! We have been in our current location for quite a few years and everything is getting worn out and a remodel is just around the corner.

At closing December 31 we won’t be opening again until January 19 for our remodel.

We will be closed January 1 through January 19, 2016

Sorry if this causes any inconvenience for anyone! But come see what our new space will look like at our…

New Grand Opening

First Friday, February 5, 2016

We are proud of our Spokane community that believes in the arts and local small business. We are honored by the support that made these changes possible.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season

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Hope to see you there!

December 2015 – Spokane Jeweler’s Guild

Jeweler's Guild3The shop is honored to host the Guild again this December. The group is made up of Spokane’s premier artisan jewelers working in a wide variety of materials, styles and techniques.

 

Jeweler's Guild2Meet the participating members during the First Friday Reception, December 4th 5pm-10pm. Along with our regular jewelers, Fired Elements, Maille and More Chainworks, Coppermoon Studio, Four Winds Creations and Rainy Summer Designs the addition of the Guild makes The Pottery Place Plus the go-to destination for all your fine jewelry purchases this holiday season.

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Out and About this Holiday Season

Be sure to support the local art fairs this holiday season! Here is a list of where our members will be:

November 6th: Liz and Dave Ulmen, Ulmen Woods, will be showing with Katie Machain at the Steam Plant for First Friday.

November 6th-8th: Peone Creek Pottery and Bungalow Craftworks will be at the Custer’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the TRAC center in Pasco Washington.

November 13th-15th: Drye Goods Studio will be at Best of the Northwest, Magnuson Park Seattle, WA.

November 20th-22nd: Peone Creek Pottery and Bungalow Craftworks will be at the Spokane Custer’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

November 21st: Drye Goods Studio will be at Urban Art Co-op’s Holiday Bazaar.

November 28th: Donna Kulibert, Lowell Simonsen, Adam Scoggin and Michelle Schneider will be participating in the Sightly West of Spokane Tour.

November 2015 – Patricia Barkley and John Blessent

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will be showing her magical leaded glass snowflakes and John Blessent will be presenting his one of a kind silver art jewelry.

 

 

Meet them both Friday, November 6th from 5-10pm at the First Friday Reception.

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October 2015 – The Inland Northwest Wood Turners

The exhibit by the Inland Northwest Woodturners shows a wide diversity of techniques and styles. All pieces are made by shaping wood spinning on a lathe. The display will include utilitarian items with clean simple lines, pieces made from highly figured hardwoods, segmented vessels with intricate geometric patterns and pieces turned from a burl resulting in organic shapes with piercings and bark remnants. All pieces are handsomely finished to accentuate the grain, color and shading of the wood.

 

 

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September 2015 – Dan Miller

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From his eyes, and through the lens, let Dan Miller take you to the places of “Lost Light” in Cuba, Mesa Verde National Park, ghost towns and the urban Northwest. Come experience the emotional connection Dan has developed with every image in his collection. Meet the artist at the First Friday reception, September 4th from 5-10pm. 203 N Washington, Downtown Spokane.

 

Dan Miller Window LightDan says of his work:

I’ve always been fascinated by derelict buildings and ghost towns. Shooting the Bodie ghost town in California, historic cemeteries and ramshackle buildings in urban centers throughout the Northwest.

In May 2011 I had the honor of being selected for the artist in residence program at Mesa Verde National Park. In February of 2015 I travelled to Havana and Trinidad Cuba to photograph the rich culture, architecture and people before Cuba becomes officially open. I have been taking pictures since I was nine. I’ve been a commercial photographer and co-taught field, studio and darkroom workshops.

 

 

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