The 2020 Michiana Pottery Tour goes Online
The highlight of my sales year every September is the Michiana* Fall Pottery Tour. I join other regional potters in pulling together a huge multi-stop pre-holiday season sale.
The autumn colors are just beginning to show, the mornings are crisp and the afternoons are warm. Shoppers are delighted to spend the weekend alternating between backroads driving and shopping at "stops," crowd-accessible pottery studios where the hosts and guest potters set up individual art fairs with studio tours, kiln openings and demos.
Sadly, the pandemic prevented us from holding the event in-person this year. However, we created a way to hold the event online. There are links to Tour Artists' sales channels at www.michianapotterytour.com. You will be able to find the link to my website where I am listed at Mark Goertzen's "stop."
I have loaded up my Etsy and website shops with lots of goodies ahead of the sale. But the real excitement will happen at 10 am (EDT) when the tour officially kicks off. I will reveal a huge collection of my recent work for the 2020 Michiana Pottery Tour.
My rabbits and other critters have gotten a great response since I started selling them again a year or so ago. My 2020 Tour collection will have a lot of them to choose from. Since many of these pieces are fresh from the kiln, I'm offering a Sneak Peak here of a "baker's dozen" items from the 200 or so items that will appear in my shop when the Tour begins Saturday, September 26.
So, stop on by my website this weekend. If you get a chance, start a chat with me by texting or emailing me or message me on Instagram. The biggest drawback to an online sale is missing the chance to chat with everyone who wanders by!
*Visitors often ask. Michiana refers to the area of northern Indiana and SW Michigan where people criss-cross the state line to live, shop and work. Goshen, Indiana (home of Goshen College) is the hub for a vibrant community of nationally recognized potters who happen to call the region home. We hold workshops and fire wood kilns together throughout the year. The Michiana Pottery Tour is a natural outgrowth of this strong community of artists dedicated to our craft, our fellow artists and the discerning public that supports us.
About the authors:
Troy Bungart lives in Three Rivers, Michigan where he makes and sells pottery, finely crafted wooden pottery tools and handmade paintbrushes. He is interested in design and marketing trends and in encouraging new artists.
Troy’s wife Valerie Bungart helps Troy with ideas, writing, video and event photography. Because she types faster than Troy (and is more accurate in her use of punctuation LOL), she often collects his thoughts then ghost writes his email responses or blogs and articles for him.