Shoppers browse pottery at the 2017 Potters Market at the  Southfield Pavilion. The show will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 2 this year.

Shoppers browse pottery at the 2017 Potters Market at the Southfield Pavilion. The show will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 2 this year.

Photo provided by Linda Ashley


Potters Market returns to Southfield

By: Kayla Dimick, Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published November 27, 2018

 The mosaics of Marcia Hovland, a clay artist who lives and works in Royal Oak, will return to the 43rd  annual Potters Market in Southfield this year.

The mosaics of Marcia Hovland, a clay artist who lives and works in Royal Oak, will return to the 43rd annual Potters Market in Southfield this year.

Photo provided by Linda Ashley

SOUTHFIELD/ROYAL OAK — Whether your 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 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.

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 are $30 and under, 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 cafe, food trucks and vending machines. The market this year will also feature live entertainment from local artists.  

Each year, event organizers also 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.”

Marcia Hovland, a Royal Oak-based potter, has been a staple at the Potters Market since the mid-1980s.

Her works often feature a mosaic of smaller pieces and give off the vibe of a children’s storybook.

Hovland said she enjoys coming to the show because, with more than 100 different ceramics artists, there is usually something for everybody. She said she also collects tiles and enjoys purchasing work from other artists at the market.

“Quite a few people have become my friends and acquaintances who I only see once a year, so it’s kind of like going to camp,” she said. “So many people have done it for quite a few years. We share time, we share food, and we share a few laughs between all the hard work.”

Hovland studied painting and drawing at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, but she always gravitated to the ceramics department.

“I like the tactile feel of the art form. I also took classes at Pewabic (in Detroit) and teach over there,” she said. “Another thing about clay is the artists are very open to sharing in the clay world — we share techniques and information, where to buy products, and I just think it’s a nice community.”

Hovland also has a retail store and studio located at 415 E. Fourth Street, east of South Troy Street.

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