Studio: 618-457-3691 • Office: 618-529-5900 • 224 N. Washington St. Carbondale IL 62901


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Date(s) - 05/06/2023 - 05/07/2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The 8th Annual Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail will be held on Saturday and
Sunday, May 6-7, 2023, from 10am – 5pm. Nine exceptional potters
with more than 250 years of collective pottery making experience will
open their studios at 6 different locations and exhibit their work.
The studios are located in or near Murphysboro, Carbondale, Alto Pass
and Makanda. The potters will be available to give studio tours and
answer questions regarding pottery making. Much of the work on
display will be available for purchase.
Participating potters are Karen Fiorino, Gene & Beth Smout, Dan
Johnson, Darby Ortolano, Steve Grimmer, Kari Woolsey, Rob Lorenz,
Stephanie Dukat and Harris Deller. The work is all hand made and
ranges from the functional to the decorative and sculptural. There is
work with natural textures, painterly images, patterns and work that
is colorful, precise and highly refined.
The pottery trail is a family event established to call attention to the
exceptional and diverse handmade pottery being created in southern
Illinois. We want to inform and educate the public to the value and
beauty of handmade crafts and to bring attention to the wonderful
attractions in southern Illinois. The six individual studios are a short
drive from one another and you can leisurely visit all 6 locations in a
day while driving through the beautiful foothills, small towns and the
Shawnee National Forest. Spend the night and visit a winery,
brewery or restaurant along the trail. The first Pottery Trail was held in
2015 and is always held on the first weekend before Mothers’ Day
This event is partially funded through a generous grant from the
Tourism Commission. For further information about the artists,
location details and to grab a map visit our web site at or our Facebook page
Shawnee Hill Pottery Trail. For additional questions contact

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