The Old Church Pottery Show and Sale began in 1975 as a fundraiser for the Art School at Old Church by long-time friends Karen Karnes and Mikhail Zakin, Art School founder. They wanted to bring together their vibrant community of potters with the local community to offer an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art while supporting the newly established cultural resource. The show has grown to include 30 national and international artists and offers more than 2,000 pots for sale over its three-day span.
For over forty years, Karen Karnes curated the Old Church Pottery Show. On July 12, Karen died peacefully in her home in Vermont at the age of 90. Karen was an innovator, progressive thinker, mentor, and a dear, dear friend. Her salt and wood-fired pots set a new standard for the possibilities of studio pottery and she will be missed by all she touched.