If you enjoy pottery, this tour is for you

People who are drawn to pottery are naturally attracted to the Tampa Tour De Clay, said Kim Wellman, of Wellman & Welsch Pottery in Lutz. This tour offers so much more than the chance to add some unique pottery pieces to your collection, said Wellman, whose studio is one of four stops on the tour. It also offers provides a closer look at what goes into the creation of ceramic … [Read more...]

There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]

Getting up close and personal with potters

If you’re curious about the art of pottery, you can satisfy your desire for knowledge during the 2015 Tampa Bay Tour de Clay. This is the eighth Tour de Clay, which is always held during the second weekend in December. It’s an event that gives visitors a chance to see potters in action at four pottery studios and the opportunity to experience a kiln opening at each. “It creates a … [Read more...]

From ‘mud’ to beauty — one man’s labor of love

Jack Boyle has been turning lumps of clay into works of art for the better part of his life. His first encounter with pottery came when he was just a little boy. “My mother’s brother, Uncle Al – he and his partner owned Jug Town Pottery, up in Seagrove, North Carolina, in the midst of about 120 potteries. “As a child, I would go there. I would make little bowls,” he said. Then his … [Read more...]

Antiques store is repository of memories

Johnny Herrmann’s business card boasts that his antiques business, in San Antonio, is “not your grandma’s antiques store.” But, there’s no doubt that the shop where his business operates is steeped in his family’s history. The store is in the 1946 Herrmann Building, at 11853 S. Curley St. The building is one of a collection of structures on Curley Street, south of State Road 52, … [Read more...]