Have you heard? The 16 Hands Studio Tour is back with our face to face studio tour this Fall! November 26-28 we will welcome you back to our studio tour. Mark your calendars and tell your friends. Come meet our two invited artists Leanne Pizio at Wrenn Pottery‘s studio and Abby Reczek at Silvie Granatelli‘s studio.
About the Tour
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen who have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical, and professional support over the past 25 years. Drawn to the area by it’s beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers, and a way of life.
From the beginning they shared many common goals and apprehensions, offering each other feedback, assistance, and courage. In the fall of 1998 this commonality blossomed into a formalized association called 16 Hands. They recognized a shared desire to deepen the relationship with the people who appreciate their work by inviting them into their studios.
Over the years many of them attempted this in individual ways, hosting sales independent of one another and on different dates. It became apparent that by joining resources they could offer a broader more enjoyable experience to a greater number of people by creating a tour of all the studios on the same weekend.
So, the 16 Hands Studio Tours came about, offered twice yearly: the fourth weekend in November and the first weekend in May.In the spring of 2000, each craftsmen opened their doors to welcome visitors year round. The members of 16 Hands have evolved over time, and now includes both original members and the next generation of craftsman.
16 Hands welcomed six new members. Josh Manning, Wendy Wrenn Werstlein, Hona Knudsen, Andrea Denniston, Seth Guzovsky and Sarah McCarthy. In 2015 these 6 individuals formed Terra Floyd: a group connected through place and supporting one another in their shared goal of sustaining individual craft businesses – similar to the initial members of 16 Hands. Each new member,inspired by clay, infuses their work with a diverse range of history, education, and experiences. The Spring 2019 16 Hands Studio Tour was the first tour for the new expanded group.
For more than 20 years 16 Hands has worked to broaden and deepen the relationship between maker and those who have grown to value well crafted work. The tradition continues…