Arkansas Crafts Open House In Clinton

Clay, glass and wood are the mediums of four local craftsmen who will host an open house at Katz-Messenger Stained Glass studio on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jo Smith of Marshall, creates stoneware pottery, John Andre of Tilly, hand turns wood, Marvin Smith hand carves wooden spoons. Clinton couple, Steve Messenger and Roberta Katz, will be showing their stained glass.

These veteran crafters have long resumes in shows, fairs, galleries and commissions. They have united for a local, gallery-style, intimate two day showing of their recent work.

Jo and Marvin Smith’s crafts are a natural pair, featuring Jo’s elegantly functional stoneware pottery, glazed in earth and sky tones, with Marvin’s meticulously carved hardwood spoons. Master woodsman, John Andre, has a lifetime of forestry behind his classically inspired hand turned wooden vessels, which are both decorative and functional. Katz-Messenger’s stained glass is usually custom designed projects for homes or churches, but here, they have built a collection “just for fun.”

Open House hours are 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 at Katz-Messenger Stained Glass, 2212 Highway 95 West in Clinton. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 501-745-4589.

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