Daily Distraction: Embrace the season of ceramics at 3060 Gallery
Shop for locally made items, including contemporary pottery from Kat's Clay Creations, at 3060 Gallery's Holiday Artisan Market each weekend through December
I drink hot beverages year round. Caffeinated beverages, that is. Coffee in the morning, black tea in the afternoon. And I'm picky about my mugs. I want it to be big enough to hold a large dose of morning java, I want it to fit nicely in my hand and, if at all possible, I want it to look like an art piece.
Once the leaves start falling and the outside spigot starts freezing (oops), I become even more interested in unique-looking, hand-held containers for liquid caffeine. Over the years, my household has amassed a pretty good collection of handmade mugs, along with a few nostalgic holdovers I just can't bring myself to throw out (e.g. the white-ish, decades-old D'Addario mug I got for free after saving up proofs of purchase from packs of guitar strings). Recently, a generous and talented ceramicist neighbor has helped grow the collection to the overflowing point.
Anyway, if you're also the type to start craving glazed goodness and other one-of-a-kind, locally made items during the snowy season, 3060 Gallery in the Hilltop/Westgate area is hosting a Holiday Artisan Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and December. You'll find scarves, jewelry, art prints, boutique clothing items and more, including a variety of contemporary, functional ceramic pieces from Kathryn Johnson, aka Kat's Clay Creations. During the Hilltop Hop on Saturday, Dec. 4, you'll also find "pop-up maker markets" at nearby Clay Street Ceramics and Design Refinery. The Hop doubles as the opening reception for December's 3060 Gallery featured artists, Bryn Reagan and Weiting Wei.