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St. Croix Potters share ancient craft

Pictured are Peter Jadoonath, left, and Zac Spates demonstrating the art of throwing a pot.

The 12th annual Rustic Road Pottery Event and Sale featuring 12 ceramic arts will be held Sept. 15 and 16 on the historic St. Croix County Wisconsin homestead of founder and potter, Beth Ryan. This unique event continues to be inspirational and informative for all who attend.

From the art-filled barn and potter's wheel and raku firing demonstrations throughout the weekend to strolls through the gardens, both returning and first-time visitors are able to explore this ancient craft through the eyes and hands of contemporary artists. Musicians scheduled to appear during this year's event are Doug Chasar, Beaver Lake Trio, Broken Spoke and Creak.

Hours of the sale are Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pottery is one of the oldest human art-forms. Handmade pottery evokes a simpler time and incorporating it into daily life allows people to reconnect to the value and beauty of everyday objects. Thirteen outstanding area potters -- Leila Denecke, Kirk Freeman, Steve Hemingway, Michael Howland, Peter Jadoonath, Ernest Miller, Beth Ryan, Lynnea Schwieters, Zac Spates, Jason Trebs, Amy Von Bargen, Marjorie Wade and Scott Zeinert -- will show their wares and explore the universal connections created when their work passes from the maker to the user in a gesture of shared purpose and meaning.

Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland, a local partner in the nation's Food Bank Network.

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