Stahl’s Fall Pottery Festival Planned for Saturday

ZIONSVILLE PA – An estimated 30 contemporary potters who have created and will sell hand-crafted redware, stoneware, and porcelain pieces are among the features found at the 15th annual Fall Pottery Festival of Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society. It’s scheduled rain or shine for Saturday (Oct. 1, 2022) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6826 Corning Rd., Zionsville.

Stahl's Fall Pottery Festival Planned for Saturday

The festival is held on the grounds of the historic Stahl’s Pottery site, “a significant example” of a rural arts and crafts revival pottery in Pennsylvania’s Powder Valley. Its round, bee-hive shaped wood-fired kiln built in 1933 survives to the present day. Proceeds benefit the non-profit society’s preservation of the site.

This year’s festival includes pottery-making demonstrations (at top) and Japanese Raku pottery demonstrations; a museum exhibit of original Stahl’s pottery in the Thomas & Alice Stahl House Museum; a special photo exhibit of the society’s festivals and preservation; and a special pottery exhibit covering the operation of Stahl’s Pottery from 1934 to 1956. Tours of the site’s potting building and wood-fired kiln will be offered.

Children can try their hand at turning on a potter’s wheel (above). Stahl’s Pottery memorabilia and publications also will be offered for sale, including a new 35th anniversary pottery ornament, and new styles of tee-shirts, hats, and beanies. A second printing of the society cookbook, “Suppertime with Thomas and Alice Stahl’s Family,” will be available.

Food offered at the festival includes traditional homemade refreshments, new vegan options, and Pennsylvania German baked goods.

Stahl's Fall Pottery Festival Planned for Saturday
Hand-crafted redware, stoneware, and porcelain pieces will be on display and offered for sale

Photos provided by the Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society