Pottery Invitational Time!

I have had the good fortune to be invited to three prestigious pottery shows and sales this fall. First up is our local Flower City Pottery Invitational, held at the Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, October 11-14. Now in its fourth year, it showcases the work of 21 of the best potters throughout the US.

Then from November 2-4, Carolyn and I travel to our nation’s capitol for Pottery on the Hill, another annual invitational show of excellent pottery. Dan Finnegan and the Hill Art Center have collaborated on this event for ten years now. We are honored to be a part of this stellar event.

From November 30 to December 2 comes the Grandmother of all pottery invitationals, the 44th Annual Old Church Pottery Show, started in 1975 by Karen Karnes and Mikhail Zakin, held at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ. Every year Bruce Dehnert and Chris Gustin (and this year Aysha Peltz) choose a lineup of thirty potters to show their wares. It’s a huge honor to be invited, and a challenge to produce your best work for this discriminating audience (and 29 world class potters).

So, enough of this web editing, and time to get busy! Hope to see you at one of these events.


I have to admit that it is getting harder and harder to get excited about loading my portable gallery into the van and getting up really really early in the morning at far flung locales to set it up and sit out the weekend, whether raining or in the sun. I am going to be activating my etsy shop again shortly to try to accommodate out of town customers, and generally encourage in town residents to visit our studio showroom, where you can see scads more pots than will ever fit into our show booth. After 43 years of doing outdoor art shows, it feels like it is time to gradually withdraw from that scene and leave it to the younger folk. Stay tuned, I’ll put the etsy link up when it is ready to go.

I am a full-time potter working in Rochester, NY. I have been making my living in clay since 1979, and produce a range of stoneware, ash glazed and single-fired, which is suitable for use on the table and around the house. My work is available to see and purchase in my studio showroom, at galleries and art fairs around the country, which are just a mouseclick away on this website.

I am also available for demonstration and hands-on workshops both in my studio and at art centers and schools around the country. I share a large urban studio with Carolyn Dilcher Stutz, each of us working individually as well as collaboratively. Please feel free to stop in or contact me at any time. Meanwhile, wander the site, sample images and writings from the past thirty years, and feel free to contact me anytime! Thanks for visiting! ~Richard Aerni