A young shopper checks out a cat piece during the 2016 Potters Market at the Southfield Pavilion. The annual market will return Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

A young shopper checks out a cat piece during the 2016 Potters Market at the Southfield Pavilion. The annual market will return Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

File photo provided by Linda Ashley


Annual Potters Market returns to Southfield

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published November 23, 2018

 An artist demonstrates pottery making during the 2016 Potters Market at the Southfield Pavilion.

An artist demonstrates pottery making during the 2016 Potters Market at the Southfield Pavilion.

File photo provided by Linda Ashley

SOUTHFIELD — Whether your holiday shopping budget is big or small, the annual Potters Market has got you covered.

As the largest pottery sale in the country, the Potters Market is back again for its 43rd year Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The free event will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Patrons can attend a special preview of the market for $10 admission 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29. Parking at the pavilion is free.

The market recently relocated from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Hall in Madison Heights to Southfield, organizers said, and the transition has made the event grow larger than ever.

Bridget Blosser, the manager of the Potters Market, said that each year the event offers a unique range of pieces by local artists.

“We have around 140 potters. It’s a real range, from students to hobbyists to professional potters, all at different price points,” Blosser said. “Shoppers can find anything you can think of that can be made in clay.”

Blosser said a portion of the market is sectioned off for items that cost $30 or less, which is referred to as the bulk area.

“The bulk area encompasses everything from mugs, plates, garlic shredders — anything you can think of. I’m always impressed when I walk through there, because the artists are so creative with what they can come up with,” she said.

In 2016, the aisles at the market were made wider to accommodate more people. Around 8,000 people attend the market each year, according to organizers.

Back again this year are daily pottery demonstrations at the event, as well as a café, food trucks and vending machines. The market this year will also feature live entertainment from local artists.

Each year, event organizers choose a charity to support. This year, participating artists will donate their artwork, and the proceeds from the sales will be given to Camp Casey.

Camp Casey is a nonprofit organization that provides horseback riding programs to children with cancer and rare blood disorders.

Blosser said Camp Casey was chosen because it is dedicated to a cause close to her late husband’s heart. Blosser’s husband, Charlie Blosser, started the Potters Market 43 years ago.

“This is in honor of my husband. I try to choose a charity he would like. The first year, we did the Detroit Fire Department,” she said. “The last 10 years of his life, he just became obsessed with children — he loved children — so I wanted something local that would help children.”

Southfield resident and artist Linda Lefkowitz will be participating in the market for the first time this year with mugs, dessert plates, bowls and casserole dishes for sale.

Lefkowitz, a mom of three and a grandma of eight, said she picked up pottery in high school but is just recently back in the scene.

“I’ve always liked pottery. I did (it) in high school for a class, and then I took a class when my kids were little. I saw that I needed more time to put into it, and now that they’re all married and I’m an empty nester, I started doing it again,” Lefkowitz said.

Her signature is a pomegranate design, which started as a request from her son-in-law, who lives in Israel, to give to his boss. Pomegranates are said to symbolize knowledge, learning and wisdom.

Lefkowitz said she is looking forward to displaying her pieces at the show.

“It’s a nice holiday event for people. It doesn’t matter what you’re celebrating. There’s something for everyone there,” she said. “A holiday gift, a birthday gift, a gift for a friend — there’s something for everyone.”

For more information on the Potters Market, visit www.thepottersmarket.com.