Texas Clay Festival will bring over 80 artists to Gruene | Community Alert

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Once again, art lovers and curious onlookers can view pottery creations and learn about the craft as the annual Texas Clay Festival returns to historic Gruene for its 30th year.

This year’s pottery extravaganza hosts more than 80 of Texas’ top ceramic and clay artists for a weekend of beautiful works of art ranging from sculptural wonders to intricate homewares.

Held at the same location each year, the festival brings together spectators from across the state to enjoy one of the largest gatherings of clay art in the Lone Star State.

Artists will have their works on display and many will have a variety of items for sale such as cups, pitchers, tea kettles and decorative plates, as well as culturally inspired sculptures designed to invoke an emotional response.

Visitors looking to enhance their pottery collection can purchase each artist’s artful creations and admire the craftsmanship while speaking with the creator.

Those perusing the artwork available for purchase at the festival might uncover unexpected finds and hidden gems.

As the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is also hosting one of its most popular attractions after briefly halting them as a precaution against COVID-19 – the demonstrations.

While the festival is in town, ceramic artists will showcase their skills to illustrate the work that goes into the finished product while sharing the techniques they use to create their masterpieces for the public.

Demonstrations will be held in two tents with a new artist throwing, sculpting patterns and using unique elements to design a one-of-a-kind piece at the top of the hour.

The pottery exhibitions begin on the first day of the festival at 11 a.m. and the last is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The second day begins with a demonstration on throwing to create several shapes to stack and nest at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with a demonstration on the association of the right cup with the right drink.

The 30th Annual Texas Clay Festival begins Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The last day to attend is Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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