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WAYNESBORO - The 11th Annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival will launch a weeklong series of pottery events beginning at Renfrew Institute's Earth Day Celebration and Festival of Art on April 30 and continuing throughout the week. The scheduled pottery events will take place at either the Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church St. in Waynesboro, or at the Penn State Mont Alto studio in room 008 of the General Studies Building, 1 Campus DrIve, Mont Alto.

This year's pottery festival, sponsored by the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCCS) and underwritten by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Johnson Controls, is different from past festivals in that it will be compromised of several pottery events throughout the week in addition to the Pottery Showcase on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ceramic Arts Center. All of the activities are clay-only celebrations of the ceramic arts, and most are free and open to the public.

The schedule of events includes:

- April 30 – Earth Day at Renfrew Institute from 11 a.m. to -4 p.m.: behind the museum, where handcrafted herb pots will be for sale and there will be several children's classes and raku demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

- May 2 and 5 – Register online at www.ceramics-nccs.org for Garden Bell Mini Workshops. Specially priced workshops will be $15.

- May 4 and 5 – Annual Mother's Day Pottery Sale at Penn State Mont Alto studio, 10 a.m. to -2 p.m., Room 008 in the General Studies Building, 1 Campus DrIve, Mont Alto.

- May 7 – Pottery Showcase. Regional ceramic artists, including Mike McIntyre of Fire Robin Pottery, Janine Davis of Moon Dog Pottery, Lynette King and Ben Culbertson along with members of the NCCS pottery guild will display and sell their works. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the artisans and explore the wide range of clay techniques they use.

For more information visit the NCCS website at www.ceramics-nccs.org.

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