The 2nd Annual Holiday Open Studio Tour on the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail will be held on December 6 & 7 2014 at the home studios of three Ceramic artists with very different aesthetics. Two artisans, Kary Haun of Woodstock and Susie Wilburn of Toms Brook specialize functional and decorative tableware and serving while Liz Ashe Hollingsworth of Middletown is a sculptor of clay and mixed media who makes whimsical decorative masks. At each stop, you can enjoy refreshments, meet the artists, tour their workspace and see collections of their work available for purchase.
Kary Haun is a potter with over 20 years of experience in clay. She works in Porcelain and is best known for the treatment of surfaces in layers of turquoise blues and greens. In her c.1776 Log House Studio, she will be displaying Platters, Cups, Coffee “pour-over” Brew Pots, Vases and large serving bowls. All pieces are wheel thrown and hand decorated, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Along with some good cheer and good stories, Kary will have coffee, tea, and sweets to share from Laureen’s Bakery.
Susie Wilburn also creates Functional pottery in her studio in Tom’s Brook. With a career background in printing and graphic arts informing her true passion for ceramic arts, her intricate designs resemble old lithographs. The images on her wheel thrown plates, platters, mugs and teapots are drawn from a love of gardening and the environment, which is also evident as you stroll past her little gardens and pond to her charming studio building. Susie will be displaying her work in the main part of her home, the building whose color inspired the name “Laughing Orange Studio”. Enjoy scones, muffins and apple cider from the Woodstock Cafe along with coffee and tea.
Liz Ashe Hollingsworth is a ceramic sculptor, potter and mixed media artist who lives and works in her home/studio overlooking the Shenandoah River near Strasburg. Her fanciful work is known at Art Fairs and Craft Shows all over the East Coast from Georgia to Maine. She works using earthenware clay to fashion whimsical faces of sprites, nature spirits, faeries and forest animals which she decorates using a wide range of natural materials— feather, leaves, twigs, pods and cones. Her work ranges from wearable pins, garden sculptures, to medium and large sized wall sculptures. She will have local apple cider and cookies from Strasburg artisan trail member The Woodbine Farm Market. Mask sculpting demonstrations upon request.
At the furthest points, the three studios cover an easy 17 mile drive just off of Route 11 in the Northernmost half of Shenandoah County so accessing all three studios is a very reasonable one day adventure. With so many other fabulous places to eat and stay along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail, it would also be fun to make a weekend of it!