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East Otto Country artists host Holiday Open House

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By Deb Everts

Art lovers from all over the area had the opportunity to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind pottery pieces, as well as original watercolor and colored pencil paintings, when the East Otto Country Associates hosted their 32nd annual Holiday Open House weekend Nov. 3–4.

The open house featured Elliott and Michael Hutten of Hog-Shed Studio Pottery and Robin Zefers Clark of Brookside Studio Watercolors who welcomed the public to their studios.

For over 36 years, the Huttons have been producing functional and decorative stoneware out of Hog-Shed Studio Pottery. Elliott creates each of her pottery pieces with consistency and craftsmanship by hand with a potter’s wheel or slab roller and simple tools. New this year was an assortment of 2018 Holiday Ornaments.

Over the past two years, Elliott and Hog-Shed Studio Pottery have received some well-deserved recognition. In 2017, she won “First Place in Clay” at the Allentown Art Show, and the following year, she was recognized by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council as the 2018 Distinguished Artist of the Year.

“Many of our customers have become good friends throughout the years, so I look forward to each Holiday Open House as a chance to see old friends and make new ones,” she said. “I am constantly amazed at how many people return year after year to add to their pottery collections and purchase gifts for others.”

Hog-Shed Studio Pottery is located at 8420 Maples Road. Call 257-9549 or 244-2967 before coming to be sure they are open. To learn more, visit online at myhogshedstudiopottery.com or Facebook.

Local watercolor artist Robin Zefers Clark works out of Brookside Studio Watercolors, just down the road from Hog-Shed. Robin said she has been a part of the East Otto Country Holiday Open House since 1989.

“It’s nice to have return customers stop in because it’s fun talking to them and catching up,” she said. “We had some new customers, too, who just wandered by and stopped in — not knowing it was an open house. It was really fun and a nice surprise for them.”

Robin retired from Cattaraugus-Little Valley School as an art teacher in 2012. Now, she devotes her time to her art, creating original watercolor paintings, portraits and commissioned works. She also sells limited edition prints, reproductions and note cards.

Whether it’s a pet portrait, a family homestead or an heirloom treasure, she can look at a photo and make it into a work of art.

Visit her studio at 8363 Maples Road by calling for an appointment at 713-5359. For more information, visit online at brooksidestudio.com or Facebook.

More details about both studios can be found online at eastotto.com.

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