Pottery is one of the most utilitarian art forms: a ceramic bowl will grant shelter to any number of plants, pocket change and extra baby gremlins. Celebrate versatility with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get one admission (a $3 value) and $20 worth of pottery crafts at the Syracuse Ceramic Guild’s 31st Annual Pottery Fair, held at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia (a $23 total value). Kilns fire up on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the wheels keep spinning on Sunday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 40 potters set up shop at the Syracuse Ceramic Guild’s 31st Annual Pottery Fair, where guests can saunter down the groomed walking trails and watch as artists cook their masterworks in red-hot kilns. Dedicated to promoting awareness of the ceramic medium and helping people to plant their flowers inside pots rather than coworkers’ coffee mugs, the Syracuse Ceramic Guild sponsors the well-known and local artists who populate the park each year with an attractive array of ceramic pieces. Kids can head over to the Claytown tent to fashion pieces out of air-dry clay while parents watch wheel-throwing demonstrations. Other artists educate guests in the ancient Japanese method of firing, which entails firing their pieces over wood in a raku kiln and thrusting them into sawdust and a cooling bath of water.
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park complements the fair’s earthy displays with its picturesque views of the countryside and outdoor sculptures. Free parking at the festival allows guests to take home a variety of one-of-a-kind plates and vases without having to catapult them into their backyard pools.