Art of the Pot is a collective of Austin based potters committed to expanding the reach and understanding of contemporary studio pottery through studio tours, public lectures and gallery and museum exhibitions.
Art of the Pot was founded in 2004 as a way to bring some much-needed emphasis and interest to the contemporary pottery scene here in Austin. The goals of the founding members were modest at that time; invite a few potters from out of town to come to their studios for a weekend show and sale and give the public a chance to see something new in the field of contemporary pottery.
After over 12 years, the modest beginnings have bloomed into a fully formed studio tour with national recognition. Annually the Art of the Pot principles host 10 or more invited guests from across the country in their studios for an event-filled weekend. This year's host are Melissa Mencini, Ryan McKerley, Lisa Orr, and Claudia Reese. With funding from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Grant our programming has expanded to include public lectures and educational events. We continue to develop wonderful and unique partnerships with local restaurants, galleries and businesses that help us further the goal of our group, to expand the reach of contemporary studio pottery throughout Austin, Texas and the greater community.