The Members of 16Hands                             

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The 2019  16hands Fall
Studio Tour:

November 29 10am to 5pm

November 30 10am to 5pm

December 1 12pm-5pm

Josh Copus will be showing at Benjie Osborne's studio


As always, new Visiting Artists will be joining us.

Our next Studio Tour is Thanksgiving Weekend.   Be sure to make plans to visit us and bring along your friends and family.

Every tour is different, with new work and, of course, new Visiting Artists. Check out the Visiting Artist page closer to the time of the tour to see who is coming and what work they will share with us.

See you then!

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About the Tour

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen who have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical, and professional support over the past 25 years. Drawn to the area by it's beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life.

From the beginning they shared many common goals and apprehensions, offering each other feedback, assistance and courage. In the fall of 1998 this commonality blossomed into a formalized association called 16 Hands. They recognized a shared desire to deepen the relationship with the people who appreciate their work by inviting them into their studios.

Over the years many of them attempted this in individual ways, hosting sales independent of one another and on different dates. It became apparent that by joining resources they could offer a broader more enjoyable experience to a greater number of people by creating a tour of all the studios on the same weekend.

So, the 16 Hands Studio Tours came about, offered twice yearly: the fourth weekend in November and the first weekend in May.In the spring of 2000, each craftsmen opened their doors to welcome visitors year round. The members of 16 Hands has evolved over time, and now includes both original members and the next generation of craftsman.  

16 Hands welcomes six new members.   Josh Manning, Wendy Wrenn Werstlein, Hona Knudsen, Andrea Denniston, Seth Guzovsky and Sarah McCarthy. In 2015 these 6 individuals formed Terra Floyd: a group connected through place and supporting one another in their shared goal of sustaining individual craft businesses - similar to the initial members of 16 Hands.   Each new member has their own connection to clay and to Floyd, VA. They are inspired by clay and infuse their work with a diverse range of history, education, and experiences.  The Spring 2019 16 Hands Studio Tour is the first tour for the new expanded group. 

For more than 20 years 16 Hands has worked to broaden and deepen the relationship between maker and those who have grown to value well crafted work.  The tradition continues…

If you are interested in viewing their work, other than at tour time, e-mail us about studio hours and other details.

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