News Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: November 24  to December 10, 2017


Wesleyan Potters Presents the 62nd Annual Artisan Holiday Market, Middletown CT, Nov. 24 - Dec. 10


Middletown, CT - Wesleyan Potters celebrates the holiday season with its 62nd Annual Exhibit and Sale, opening Friday November 24 the day after Thanksgiving, and continuing through Sunday December 10, at 350 South Main St., Middletown, CT. Admission is free.


The juried sale showcases finely handmade crafts from over 250 artists from across the country. Shoppers and visitors are invited to the opening event, the Artists and Collectors Reception, on Friday, November 24 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and to Friday Cafe Nights, December 1 and December 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mingle with artists and enjoy crafts and complimentary food and drink. One shopper says, “I like to go to this event so, besides meeting some of the artists, I can have first pick of the fantastic selection of gifts.”

Finely handmade crafts are available in a wide range of prices—from the $16 for a carved beeswax candle to $45 for a wooden cutting board to $120 for a hand-wrought garden trellis. Discover work by newer vendors: heirloom Teddy Bears by Nancy Pardee, birdhouses by Sally Rothenhaus, hand-dyed children’s clothing by Carolyn Gorman , exquisite sterling silver bracelets and earrings by Susan Bryant Caron, to name a few. Enjoy new work by returning vendors: Fiber artist Annie Chittenden’s new line of batik textile necklaces, potter Ginny Bassham’s whimsical salt pigs, as well as ceramic whale sculptures by potter Kathy Citron.


Foodies will find an array of serving dishes, tumblers, casseroles, and dish sets as well as elegant hand towels and table runners by Wesleyan Potters industrious key members.

This year’s theme, “Tools of the Trade,” recognizes the importance of the tools used by craftspeople. Potter Lynne Scullion says, “While we have an overwhelming variety of tools at our disposal, we find ourselves gravitating to our favorites, the special ones that inform our work, and make it distinctively ours… it is important to remember our hands and minds are the most important tools we have.”

The Wesleyan Potters Annual Exhibit and Sale, one of the oldest juried craft shows in New England, runs from Friday November 24, through Sunday, December 10, at 350 South Main Street (Route 17), Middletown, CT. The sale is open every day from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday evenings until 9:00.

Wesleyan Potters, a nonprofit cooperative guild founded in 1948, offers classes and workshops in jewelry, pottery, and weaving, and maintains a year-round gallery and shop. Proceeds from the Exhibit and Sale support the school and provide scholarships. For further information about the holiday events, visit or call 860-347-5925. Behind-the-scenes photos and up-to-the- minute information can be found on the Wesleyan Potters Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Above: Ceramic Plate by Dawn Dishaw, Shawl by Carol Beisser, Cuff Bracelet by Deborah Stephen, Origami Ornament by Miya Cline.


Media Contact: Melissa Schilke


Phone: 860-347-5925 


Wesleyan Potters