MANCHESTER, NH – Studio 550 Art Center has hidden 50 miniature ceramic mugs throughout downtown. People who find a mug may show their mug at the Nov. 7 Potter’s Market for a free raffle ticket. There will be a selection of handmade ceramics created by members of the NH Potter’s Guild to choose from. Only one mug should be picked up per person, and only one raffle ticket will be awarded per person. All mugs will be under 2-inches in height.
The Potter’s Market is a collaboration between Studio 550 and the New Hampshire Potter’s Guild (NHPG). It is a market-style craft show of local potters, and will be held during the New Hampshire Open Doors weekend. The market hours are Saturday, November 7 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 from 12 -3 p.m. at 550 Elm Street in Manchester.
NH Open Doors is organized by the League of NH Craftsmen, and is a weekend event where artists, craftspeople, wineries, and retail shops statewide open their doors to the public to showcase the best of what NH artisans have to offer. Having the Potter’s Market in a central location the NH Open Doors weekend gives ceramic artists who are further off the beaten path a central place to sell their work.
The raffle and partial proceeds of the market will benefit the NHPG, a non-profit that brings together individuals with a passion for pottery, with a focus on education and community action. The NHPG is the primary organization that creates the bowls for the annual Empty Bowls event that benefits the New Horizons Food Shelter in Manchester.
In addition to the Potter’s Market, Studio 550 is hosting a Handmade Holiday Market on November 21 from 12-5 p.m. This market is similar in style but has a variety of media that will be represented. There will be different vendors selling knitted wares, jewelry, recycled bicycle jewelry, glass arts, fiber arts, paintings, and book arts.