Excitement builds with a new location for Clay, Glass & Metal Show

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published June 10, 2015


ROYAL OAK — Changes to the 21st annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show this weekend include a new location and more interactive opportunities for the expected 15,000 attendees.

The show is moving to Fourth Street between Main and Knowles in downtown Royal Oak this year because of construction at its usual location on South Washington Avenue, and Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark said the change is building additional excitement for the event, which will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13 and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14.

“We are very excited about the new location,” Clark said. “The new location gives it different energy and there are different businesses that will benefit from the additional crowds.”

Organizers said the new venue will allow for more hands-on activities and demonstrations.

This year, attendees will be able to carve in sand and cast a metal sculpture on-site, along with the demonstrations and hands-on art activities offered in years past.

Clark said the expanded number of artist demonstrations will include blacksmithing, stained glass window making, tile pressing, and jewelry making.

“And of course, pot throwing; everybody loves the wheel,” she said.

The event will feature jewelry, gifts, decorative art, pottery, beads and architectural pieces from more than 125 participating juried artists. The art is priced from $20-$2,000.

“Sometimes people think of metal and then only jewelry, but it’s just not the case,” Clark said. “There is lawn art, house art, and a variety of different ways metals can be used.”

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Kemp said the event has evolved over the years and is now united by a central concept. She said that all the art featured is manipulated by heat and comes from the earth.

“Fire and heat make this event unique among art shows, as all the art on display is created through this one earth element,” she said.

The show will once again feature the Community Mosaic Project and a kids area.

“The Friends of the Royal Oak Library is sponsoring a kids mosaic booth … and kids can create their own little mosaic so they are getting a little bit of arts and crafts and some experimenting with how it is all put together,” Clark said, adding that there will be face painting and henna tattoos.

Clark said the Path to Emagination Mosaic, sponsored by Emagine Star Lanes, will return to center stage. Visitors are invited to stop by the chamber tent at Fourth and Troy streets to help create the next two panels.

She said the project is made possible by participating artists who bring in scrap materials, which the Royal Oak community repurposes into a vine-and-floral mosaic.

Local artists Marcia Hovland and Laurie Eisenhardt will add their artistic touch, and with the help of guest grouters, complete and frame the mosaic. Clark said one of the 2015 panels is currently on display in the Emagine Royal Oak lobby. Soon it will join the panels already placed in the Children’s Area of the Royal Oak Public Library.

Kemp said not to forget to arrive hungry. In addition to all of the downtown Royal Oak restaurants, bars and specialty food shops, the show will include snacks from Mystic Kettle popcorn and Motor City Franks. Attendees may treat their sweet tooth at Tawas Bay Fudge, Michigan Candy Company, Motor City Donut and Whipped.