East Otto Country Associates, a talented group of rural artists in northern Cattaraugus County, will once again bring handmade treasures to the people of Western NY on Nov. 4 and 5 at their Holiday Open House. The association was formed in 1986 in a collaborative effort to share advertising costs and make the public aware of their unique products. By joining together to create a brochure and attractive roadside signage, the original six-member businesses began something that has brought thousands of customers to the Otto-East Otto area for over three decades.

East Otto Country presently consists of two member businesses: Brookside Studio Watercolors, and Hog Shed Studio Pottery.

Artist Robin Zefers Clark is the owner of Brookside Studio Watercolors located on County Rd. No. 13 in Otto, NY. Drawing on her love of old photographs and storytelling, Robin creates original watercolor paintings which relate an ongoing pictorial record of life in rural WNY. Robin displays her paintings in her Amish-built studio gallery along with a great selection of limited edition prints and note cards. Robin has recently begun to work with oil paints as well, adding a new dimension to her creativity. For her studio hours and information of commissioned artwork, you can contact Robin at (716) 713-5359.

Located just down the road is Hog Shed Studio Pottery, one of the founding member businesses of East Otto Country. Here in their studio behind the barn, Michael and Elliott Hutten have been producing a wide variety of original functional stoneware pottery for 35 years. Using a potter’s wheel and simple tools, potter Elliott creates mugs, bowls, casseroles, vases and many other useful items in clay. Michael loads and fires the couple’s propane gas kiln, bringing the beautiful earthy glazes to life in their work.

For this year’s Holiday Open House, Elliott is featuring her popular whimsical bird vases and traditional dated holiday ornaments.

Hog Shed Studio is open until Christmas. For daily studio hours, call (716) 257-9549, or (716) 244-2967

For more information, visit www.EastOtto.com