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44th Annual Pottery Show and Sale at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ

The 44th Annual Pottery Show & Sale (also known as the Old Church Pottery Show & Sale) takes place on November 30-December 2, 2018. The show is a nationally-renowned event among the clay community, and a destination for close to 1,000 pottery enthusiasts each year.

The Old Church Pottery Show & Sale began in 1975 as a fundraiser for The Art School at Old Church (TASOC). Long-time friends Karen Karnes and TASOC founder Mikhail Zakin wanted to connect their vibrant community of potters with the local area, and offer the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art while supporting the newly-established cultural center. The show has become a model for other shows of its kind and has grown to include 30 national and international artists and offers more than 2,000 pots for sale over its three-day span. 

For more than forty years, Karen Karnes curated the Old Church Pottery Show. On July 12, 2016, Karen died peacefully in her home in Vermont at the age of 90. Karen was an innovator, progressive thinker, mentor, and a dear friend. Her salt- and wood-fired pots set a new standard for the possibilities of studio pottery, and she will be missed by all she touched. The 2016 Pottery Show was dedicated to Karen and everything we loved about her—her forthright manner, indelible wit, her devotion to ceramics, her legacy.

In 2014, artists Bruce Dehnert and Chris Gustin joined Karen to collaborate on the selection of artists for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 shows. The 2018 Pottery Show & Sale is curated again by Chris Gustin and Bruce Dehnert, along with Aysha Peltz. The current team of curators continues Karnes’ and Zakin’s tradition of collaborating on the selection of artists, and, through this relationship, forging an aesthetic language that will inspire generations of potters to come

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