Sixth annual clay and Fiber fest is Aug18 and 19

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Bishop Hill Heritage Association President Cheryl Dowell of Bishop Hill serves pie at last years’ event.

The sixth annual Clay and Fiber Fest returns to Bishop Hill, Saturday, Aug.18 and Sunday Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The event has something for every one. Watch ceramic artists demonstrate the art of throwing on the potter’s wheel. See them fire a variety of kilns, such as raku, primitive pit, and horse hair. Potters will also have wares for sale.

In addition to pottery, see a wide variety of fiber artists demonstrate in the Bishop Hill Park. While in the park, be sure to enjoy an Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, which will run from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 19 only.

One of the highlights of the event is the annual soup supper. Purchase a bowl of homemade soup and keep the original handmade bowl. Tickets are nominal and can be purchased at the Prairie Arts Center in the Historic Blacksmith Shop.

In addition to many area business sponsorships, Shimpo Ceramics, Great Lakes Clay, and McKinzie River Pottery will be on hand this year offering corporate sponsorship.

Local Galva bronze artist, Jordan Murray, will have a special exhibit Lit’l Mary (first child born in Bishop Hill) on display during Clay and Fiber weekend which will be on exhibit through Sept. 15 and there will be a closing reception at that time.