Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sogn Valley Craft Fair Prize Drawing: WIN A FREE POT!

We are giving away a woodfired tumbler-style vase embellished with stylized little birds by potter, Dawn Makarios.

All you need to enter is provide Sogn Valley Craft Fair with a valid email address. You need to live in WI, MN or Iowa (in other words you have to... be a potential fairgoer.)

You can expect two or three emails each late summer and fall from Sogn Valley Craft Fair. We won't share your email with anyone else.

Send an email to epiorier@mninter.net to enter. We will draw a winner in a couple of weeks and contact the winner by email.

The pictures below are not the actual vase we are giving away. They are representative of similar pottery by Dawn.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dawn Makarios--Potter and Sogn Valley Craft Fair Hostess

I started playing with clay in 1987 as a student with Peter Leach, and never stopped. I have been creating functional pottery for the past 23 years. I enjoy working with stoneware and porclain-like clay. My pots are fired at high temperature using reduction atmosphere from wood and salt to create richness in the clay body. I like to see the artists movement on the surface of the clay creating a rich textural feel to the pot. I also like to teach pottery, share the love of clay and encourage those to know we all have the artist within us.

I am the hostess and co-organizer of the Sogn Valley Craft Fair. The Craft Fair was started over 30 years ago by Minnesota potter, Peter Leach and took place on his farm in the Sogn Valley. In the years following Peter's retirement from pottery, the fair has moved to our farm just east of the orignal location. I have been participating in the Sogn Valley Craft Fair as an artist for over 20 years.

In addition to the Sogn Valley Valley Craft Fair, you can find my work at the Rochester Art Center, The Northfield Arts Guild other art events and galleries in Southeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

My art has been influenced by many great teachers including Warren McKenzie, who taught me that functional pottery can be affordable for everyone and Mel Jacobsen, who has been the most encouraging mentor and friend. He taught me anyone can make a pot with a few technical skills and have fun doing it. We upper midwestern potters share a wonderful tradition of pottery camp, called Hay Creek, organized by Mel Jacobsen and Kurt Wild, where fellow potters gather to share ideas, fire kilns and stretch the boundaries of our art with new techniques and glazes.

I live on a farm outside of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. My studio is a renovated grainery and outside I have 2 reduction kilns, one of them for salt/soda firings. I enjoy my supportive husband and family and friends, 3 lab dogs and being outdoors whenever I can.