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Nov 26, 2019

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I speak with Aysha Peltz, Bruce Dehnert, and Lisa Vettoso, the organizers of the 45th annual Old Church Pottery Show. The event started in 1975 as a fundraiser for the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ and quickly grew into one of the premier yearly sales of studio ceramics in the United States. In the interview we talk about the legacy of sale founders Karen Karnes and Mikhail Zakin, the curating process for choosing artists, and the genres within studio ceramics today. For more information visit


Aysha Peltz is a studio potter and faculty at Bennington College in Vermont. Bruce Dehnert is a studio potter and director of the ceramics program at Peter's Valley Craft Center in New Jersey. Lisa Vettoso is the director of the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ. Chris Gustin was not available for this interview but also serves as a co-curator for the show.


For today’s AMACO Community Corkboard we have the 45th Annual Old Church Pottery Show & Sale. The nationally-renowned event is December 6-8th 2019 in Demarest, NJ and features 29 ceramic artists displaying as many as 3,000 handmade pieces–from functional mugs, dishware, servers, and casseroles to sculptural works. Visit for more information. I’d like to thank Amaco/Brent for sponsoring the community corkboard. Brent Equipment is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and have created a Limited Edition Black CXC wheel. For more information visit


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