This year marks the 10th ANNIVERSARY of this popular event in which more than 50 potters from across Ontario will display and sell their wares amidst the picturesque limestone ruins of the historic Goldie Mill located alongside the Speed River in downtown Guelph.
It’s the only outdoor event of its kind in Ontario, modeled after the famous potters markets of Europe, such as the hugely popular “Diessener Töpfemarkt” in Upper Bavaria.
“We are thrilled to bring this European tradition to Canada,” says Jessica Steinhäuser, owner of Stonehouse Pottery in Guelph, who founded the event in 2005 with the help of other like-minded local potters. “In Germany, where I was raised, every town has their annual potters market, and I have always loved the atmosphere created by bringing so many talented people together in a beautiful outdoor setting.”
Visitors are invited to shop and mingle while enjoying refreshments by Magnolia and music by local children, including the students of the Suzuki String School of Guelph.
Shoppers will find unique pieces in a wide range of styles, materials and techniques – from vases, teapots, mugs and dishes to wall tiles, masks, indoor and outdoor planters, and sculptures.
A share of the proceeds will go to support the Guelph Youth Music Centre.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.