The Largest Clay Celebration in Pittsburgh


The fourth annual Mother of All Pottery Sales is just around the corner on Sunday, April 23rd, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Union Project (801 N Negley Ave). This celebration of clay blends hands-on art activities in the studio, live demonstrations by professional ceramic artists, and a pottery sale featuring handmade pottery from 30 regional ceramic artists. Last year more than 600 attendees met the potters, learned about ceramic techniques, purchased handmade functional artwork directly from their favorite artists, and got their hands dirty in the studio. The Mother of All Pottery Sales is a free, family-friendly event that welcomes everyone.

“The setting was amazing,” one participant from 2016 remarks. “What impressed me the most was the roominess of the venue and that all potters had beautiful work.  All of it was so original, different from the next table and all beautiful.” The Mother of All Pottery Sales attracts artists from as close as Allegheny County to as far as Baltimore, Maryland to connect with other clay artists, display and sell their work, and share their love of ceramics with the community.  This clay celebration is more than a sale, it connects artists with buyers, ceramic students with professionals, and introduces ceramics into people’s lives through creative activities and personal interactions.

This year Union Project has invited the Mattress Factory to join the celebration.  Their teaching artists will provide an interactive art activity appropriate for all ages.  This year’s event also hosts visiting artist, Sharif Bey, a nationally renowned ceramic artist and art educator. During the Mother of All Pottery Sales, Bey will be doing a live demonstration on how he builds clay sculptures that are infused with culture, history, politics, and personal meaning. Bey’s residency extends beyond the event, including workshops with local students, artist talks, and more.

Union Project is supported in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. The Mother of All Pottery Sales is supported by Standard Ceramic Supply Company.

For more information please visit our website or at 412.363.4550.

Union Project is a nonprofit organization that uses the arts to bridge gaps between communities. Employing an arts-as-social practice model and lead by core values of Inclusivity, Arts and Artists, Collaboration, and Joy, UP embraces a DIT (Do It Together) philosophy that empowers community members to solve problems, strengthen social ties, and build community wealth across race, economic status, age, and ability level.

CONTACT: Stephanie Sun, 412.363.4550 x 241 or

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