Potter's work will be for sale at the Ho Ho Ho-liday Handmade Market
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Allison Cook, co-owner of Delaney Clay Art in Frederick, Md., likes to draw inspiration from things that make her and her patrons happy.
“I want the patron to look at the object they purchased, whether it’s a mug, bowl, or sculpture, and smile and be happy,” she said.
Delaney Clay Art will be one of the 30 sellers taking part in the Ho Ho Ho-liday Handmade Market event at War Memorial Building in downtown Shepherdstown, which will span five weekends. Sponsored by the Shepherdstown Community Club, the event kicks off 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, but continues Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 24.
The Ho Ho Ho-liday Handmade market is in its fifth year and Kristian McIntyre, one of the coordinators, is excited to be a part of this popular annual event.
“The Ho Ho Ho-liday Handmade Market is a delightfully curated show that is part pop-up shop and part arts and crafts show. Each weekend the Handmade Market will showcase 13 of 32 participating local/regional artists, artisans, and independent designers,” McIntyre said. “Some sellers will be available multiple weekends, while others rotate in and out, so there is always something new to see each weekend.”
Visitors will discover an array of high-quality handcrafted products such as fine art, pottery, woodcraft, glass art, home décor, photography, jewelry, wearable’s and accessories, seasonal gifts and specialty foods.
Delaney Clay Art, established in 2015, is a father-daughter team of crafters who exhibit at art shows in Maryland and West Virginia, and mainly sell their wares online at their website, Etsy and at craft shows.
After taking her first ceramics class at Frederick Community College and then going on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Frostburg (Md.) State University, Cook decided to set her sights on becoming a potter and sculptor.
“I’ve always wanted to work in the field of visual arts and when I took my first ceramics class I fell in love with a new way of creating,” she said. “I was challenged in a way no other form had challenged me before, and I wanted to continue my formal education in ceramics and sculpture.”
Cook also works at Frederick Community College as a graphics and Mac lab assistant.
When asked to explain the difference between being a sculptor and a potter, she said, “Pottery is focused primarily on creating functional wares, whereas sculpture is about creating a visual representation of an idea in my mind.”