Robbie Heidinger and the Hilltown 6.
It sounds like a bluegrass band. Or a gang of outlaws. And in fact, the Hilltown 6 is not without a similar, hill-based mystique.
The Hilltown 6 is a collection of nationally recognized clay artists who live and work in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Among them is Robbie Heidinger, a ceramic artist who won an MCC Crafts Fellowship in 2009, and was a panelist in this year’s Artist Fellowships Program. She and a group of other hilltown artists and guests will open up their studios, kilns, and settings for an annual pottery tour and sale on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2011, 10 AM to 5 PM.
You can see the artists’ work and work spaces, as well as demonstrations at several venues. Also, three of the studios will feature guest artists: Robbie Heidinger will host photographer David Leith; Mark Shapiro will host potter Jeffrey Lipton; and Christy Knox will host clay artist Karin Noyes.
For a map and more info, check out the Hilltown 6 site.
Images: plate by Robbie Heidinger; dancing vases by Christy Knox; vase by Constance Talbot; stoneware ceramics by Hiroshi Nakayama; Robbie Heidinger firing the soda kiln.