Galena's 15th Annual Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour is Oct. 17-19

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New artists, new studio stops and original pottery make for an amazing experience.

Joe Pinder of Pinder Pottery at work.

Tour the beautiful Galena countryside, enjoy jaw-dropping fall colors and visit some of Illinois' best pottery and sculpture studios Fri.-Sun., Oct. 17-19. Some open just for this October event, featuring special exhibits and allowing visitors a unique view of kilns, forges and work spaces.

During this self-guided tour, visitors are encouraged to ask questions, browse the studio and watch demonstrations.

Each potter has a unique approach. Stops on the tour include:
•Eshelman Pottery, 238 N. Main St., Elizabeth IL 61028.
•Pinder Pottery, 236 N. Main St., Galena IL 61036.
•Delores Fortuna, 7213 W. Buckhill Rd., Galena IL 61036.
•Pine Hollow Pottery, 4700 N. Council Hill Rd., Galena IL 61036.
•Galena Clay Works, 704 Dewey Ave., Galena IL 61036.
•Studiowork, 130 N. Main St., Elizabeth IL 61028.

Begin the tour at any studio location. Tour maps are available at each site. For more information or a printable map, go to

Galena is home to one of “America’s Best Main Streets” (Fodor’s Travel 2014). For more information on Galena and the surrounding area, go to or call 888.942.5362. While in town, stop by the Welcome Center in The Old Market House, 123 N. Commerce St., Galena IL 61036.

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