Tour to highlight artist studios

Three ceramics artists are opening their studios to the public for the Shenandoah County Artisan Trail’s holiday studio tour next weekend.

The second annual tour is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.

Local artists Kary Haun, Susie Morgan Wilburn and Elizabeth Ashe Hollingsworth are participating in the free open house event.

Although the artistic trio all work with clay, each of them uses pottery to create something different. Haun creates functional bowls, plates and mugs. Hollingsworth uses terra cotta clay and natural materials such as feathers, leaves and twigs to make Earth Spirits masks and sculptures. And Wilburn’s pottery is often whimsically adorned with frogs and other playful creatures.

Visitors can enjoy refreshments provided by other Artisan Trail members, tour the studios and meet the artists, Hollingsworth said.

“They will get to come and see where the artists create their work,” she said. “They can talk to the artists about what motivates them and their process and see their spaces and understand a little better how art comes about.”

Each artist will also offer a collection of work available for purchase.

Haun’s log house studio is located at 402 N. Main St. in Woodstock.

Wilburn’s Laughing Orange studio is located at 3397 Hillcrest Drive in Toms Brook.

Hollingsworth’s studio is located at 105 Crest River Drive in Middletown.

“One thing we’re trying to emphasize is that we’re only 17 miles apart, from the first one to the last one,” Hollingsworth said, “so we’re trying to emphasize the scenic quality of Route 11.”

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com