There are few things more important or worthy in life than breaking bread with others. Combine good, local cuisine with well-crafted tableware (and more) this weekend when you visit the Western New York Pottery Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (with a Pottery Party 5:30-10 p.m.) and Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Studio Sales Pottery (5557 E. Avon Road in Avon). This year's featured artists are Rochester's Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz and Richard Aerni.
The juried, clay-exclusive festival features more than 20 local and national artists, who will offer work for sale and also host public throwing, hand-building, and firing demonstrations during the event. The event's silent auction, which runs Saturday morning through Sunday at 4 p.m., will benefit Chances and Changes, the battered women's shelter of Livingston County. A Clay Olympics event will take place on Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., during which vendors will compete in five-minute increments to complete such tasks as wheel-throwing the tallest cylinder and pulling handles while blindfolded. Admission to the festival is free.
On Saturday evening, 5:30-10 p.m., enjoy the Pottery Party, featuring Cuisine Culture, which hosts the annual Dinner in the Vineyard (held later this year on September 21), with food by Rio Tamatalan, live, music, wine and beer. Tickets are $35 and include a handmade cup. For more information, call 226-3030 or visit cuisineculturenow.com.