Clay, Glass & Metal Show moves to Main Street

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published June 5, 2017

 Attendees gather at the 2016 Clay, Glass & Metal Show. All items in the show are created from dirt and earth, and come from fire.

Attendees gather at the 2016 Clay, Glass & Metal Show. All items in the show are created from dirt and earth, and come from fire.

File photo by Donna Dalziel


ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will be heating up a new location this weekend, as it will bring earthly elements to Main Street.

After decades of calling Washington Avenue home, the happening honoring clay, glass and metal creations will be located on Main Street, stretching from Sixth Street to 11 Mile Road.

“It’s kind of at the pulsing heart of the downtown area,” said Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark. “And we can take advantage of the extra visibility that location will bring us.”

Clark said the venue change will also shine a new light on the chamber’s Main Street members, and so they are pleased with this new opportunity.

The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11.

Clark explained that the event is unique in that it is one of the top juried fine art shows, and the only show in the nation that focuses on only these three elements made from the earth with fire.

Another unique aspect of the event, Clark said, is that it will include about a dozen artist demonstrations that will take place throughout the weekend.

“Some of them you can watch, some of them you can participate in, and some of them — for a small fee — you can create your own piece,” Clark said. “And I think that this is a unique feature because people can discover how much is involved in making a piece of art.”

The DIA will be on-site providing the chance to create milagro charms, and Oakland Community College students will be turning clay into pottery.

“It’s not just shopping,” Clark said. “It’s learning, and it’s an opportunity for a hands-on experience.”

Of course, plenty of booths will line Main Street, with artists new and old sharing their works. More than 120 artists will be coming to Royal Oak from throughout the United States and Canada.

“Royal Oak is an artistic community, and this event brings the yin and yang of art center stage,” chamber Executive Director Shelly Kemp said in a statement. “Main Street will be lined with artists who bring you simple items like a new mug to drink your coffee in, a functional platter to serve your dinner on, unique jewelry, as well as a showcase piece for your home that everyone talks about.

“You can find something functional and something special for $10 or $5,000. ... It’s all here.”

Depending on the weather, organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend throughout the weekend.

“It’s a neat event,” Clark said. “It’s the weekend before Father’s Day, so it doesn’t interfere, so people can come on down and check it out, and then they can go to dinner, or they could grab a snack. It’s just a nice way to get out and move around, especially after being cooped up all winter.”

Show organizers said the Clay, Glass & Metal Show also highlights the important role that the arts plays in the Royal Oak community.

“Royal Oak has a strong artsy side, including everything from community theater to professional Shakespeare in the Park to concert series at the library and on Center Street to the public artwork throughout our community,” Kemp stated. “This year’s Clay, Glass & Metal Show includes Mia Green singing on Fourth Street, and the Path to Emagination mosaic at the chamber booth, encouraging everyone to get into the spirit of community art.

“It’s fun for all ages.”

Street closures will include Main Street and sections of Third Street between Main and Center streets. Main Street will be closed to through traffic by 5 p.m. June 9 for artist and vendor setup.

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