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Pine Island Potters’ Guild’s 2021 New Year’s Show Jan. 9

By Staff | Jan 7, 2021

An example of horsehair pottery. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Pine Island Potters’ Guild will usher in the New Year with the third in this season’s series of six showings at Koucky Studios on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The New Year’s showing will feature the works of Pine Island artisans in various mediums: pottery, jewelry, woodworking,  cigar box style guitars and ukuleles, paintings, island-themed home décor, wearable handpainted  art, children’s books, notecards,  local honey, gourmet vinegars, mustards, and jams plus so much more. 

Fresh baked goods will be available for a delicious snack or to take home for a special addition to any meal. 

Relax in the island-style atmosphere of the courtyard at Koucky Studios, located at 5971 Bay Point Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922. This small, inviting venue provides a welcoming environment to chat with local craftsmen, inquire about their medium, and learn about opportunities in our area for classes and workshops.

The art of horsehair pottery firing will be demonstrated by potter, Chuck Koucky at 11 a.m.  Horsehair pottery, as the name implies, incorporates hair from the tails and manes of horses into its design. The random lines and patterns, which are the signature of this style, are created when applying strands of hair to the surface of a hot raku clay pot that has just been removed from the kiln. The horsehair combusts and carbonizes, leaving random patterns on the pot’s surface. The use of horsehair is preferred in the technique as it makes beautiful random patterns because of its coarseness and length.

The Pine Island Potters Guild shows are held on the second Saturday of each month, November through April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of Koucky Studios. At these gatherings, the guild hosts a pottery show and sale, pottery demonstrations, as well featuring the works of many local artisans in a variety of mediums. Please plan to attend and meet these talented makers.

For more information about the Potters’ Guild and the seasonal shows, please call Nancy Koucky at 239-233-3003.