Archives for July 2017

News Release: North American Showcase and Distinguished Minnesota Potter Featured at Annual Festival

HUTCHINSON, MN — Thirty-five potters from across North America will be on display at the sixth annual Minnesota Pottery Festival in Hutchinson, MN the weekend of July 29th and 30th.

Robert (Bob) Briscoe of Minneapolis, Minnesota is this year’s featured potter. Bob has been a potter for more than forty years and is one of the founding potters behind the renowned St. Croix Pottery Tour, held each May. Bob’s passion for clay comes from his desire to make beautiful pots that also feel wonderful to hold. “I want them to give distinct pleasure in use – to allow a subtle conversation over time. I point my work towards a quiet simplicity. I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I am seeking in this work is a stripped, almost brutal, rawness.” An acclaimed potter, Bob has received awards from both the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and his work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Arts Daily, American Craft, 500 Bowls and The Art of Contemporary Pottery.

Also at this year’s Festival are twenty other Minnesota potters and thirteen ceramic artists from other states as far away as North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, and Texas. The festival welcomes thirteen potters for the first time including Tom Homann from Georgia, John Bauman from Indiana, Carolina Niebres from Wisconsin.

There are also four Emerging Artists featured at this year’s festival: Gillan Doty of Portland, Maine and Greg Palombo of Buffalo, New York; both are current Fogelberg Studio Fellows at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Chris Singewald currently resides in St. Paul, but originally hails from Waverly, Iowa. Reiko Cunningham Uchytil from Grimes, Iowa, she is the daughter of Miky Cunningham, who is also participating in the show.

The Festival provides an excellent day trip for clay-lovers, families, and collectors. Entrance and parking are free. The two days are filled with on-site raku firing, Pottery Olympic competitions and a Kids’ Station where children of all ages can get their hands dirty. Food and beverages available for purchase provided by the Phoenix Drumline and beverages for sale from the Crow River Winery.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival takes place on the grounds of the Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery, just one hour West of the Twin Cities. The backdrop includes thirty acres of conservation prairie land, two ponds, trails, and beautiful Todd Lake in the distance.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival is a nonprofit organization, it’s mission is to provide a venue for quality clay artists to educate and engage with an increasingly knowledgeable public by raising the appreciation and understanding of pottery to help broaden the depth and breadth of ceramic arts in Minnesota.

Board-member Kerry Brooks of Dock 6 Pottery in Minneapolis says, “The Minnesota Pottery Festival is such a fun event! The setting is beautiful, the pottery is of the highest quality and great variety, and the customers are a delight because they’re knowledgeable and love pottery as much as we do. Not only is it a first-rate festival, but it’s also so much fun for the potters!  We love to hang out after hours and talk shop, play music, eat good food, and have a great time with kindred spirits. The pottery olympics and the kid’s tent make it fun and interesting for all ages and an outing everyone enjoys.”

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Pottery Festival Board would also like thank our generous supporters: Continental Clay Company, Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply, Shimpo Ceramics and all of our generous individual donors and volunteers.

More information and full list of artists available at

What’s Happening in July 2017?

Crazy Days 2017

Coupon Sheet of Savings deadline is FRIDAY JULY 7th! The Coupon Sheet of Savings will help businesses bring customers in and move product out.  In 2017 we will be changing the dates of Crazy Days to July 27-29.

If your business would like to participate in Crazy Days please download the registration form here: 

Questions? Please call our office at 320-587-5252 or visit our website for instructions. 

Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! The Golf Challenge theme this year will be MUSIC. We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge, and we want to let you in on it too!  Hometown Golf Challenge a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2017 Hometown Golf Challenge will be located at Oakdale Golf Club. 

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click on the link to fill out a Sponsor form. 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

Early Bird Golf Registration is due JULY 10th!! 

Golfer Registration Form:

Online Registration also available here:

Leadership Institute: Application for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 29th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Click here for the application and more information.

If you have questions about this program please email Mary or call 320-234-0785.

Dairy Day – Thank You!

THANK YOU to everyone who made Dairy Day a success! We would especially like to thank our sponsors!
Visionary Sponsor:

  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

Champion Sponsor:

  • Midcountry Bank

Event Sponsors:

  • 3M Hutchinson Plant
  • E.G. Rud and Sons Professional Land Surveyors
  • Hillyard Hutchison,Mn
  •  Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Health
  •  Hutchinson Leader
  • Hutchinson Technology
  •  Impressions
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  •  NU-Telecom
  • Parkview Dental
  • Piehl Hanson Beckman, P.A.
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • Runnings Stores
  • Skyview Dairy
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo

And a special thank you to: 

  • Form-A-Feed
  •  Benny’s Meat Market
  • McLeod County Extension
  •  First District Dairy
  •  Hutchinson High School FFA
  •  Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family
  • McLeod County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors
  •  Princess Kay of the Milky Way








July Business of the Month

In July we will be highlighting Minnesota Pottery Festival as our Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Minnesota Pottery Festival







Member Education Opportunity

“Hitting a Home Run”

July 11, 2017
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Dassel History Center
901 1st St, Dassel, MN 55325

The workplace wellness consortium team has planned a great gathering.
Everyone is welcome to come and learn about creating a culture of healthy employees in the workplace setting.

  • Free Yogurt Parfait Bar will be available
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Getting Your Game Plan together – Dr. Mike Keifer – How to get administration on board.
  • Area All Star’s: Personal and Organizational success stories
  • Learn How to Keep Score: Learn best practices from other professionals
  • Batting Order: Receive your first Wellness monthly Toolkit

Email Judy at [email protected] to reserve your ticket.

New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Amazing Grace
  • Canvasworks, Inc.
  • Crow River Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Huski Townhomes
  • Outdoor Motion
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • Vivid Image, Inc.

Something from Mary

Workforce Retention – what are you doing to KEEP employees?

– Volunteer Programs
– Pleasing Work Environment
– Deeper Employee Relationships
– Appreciation Programs
– Flexible Schedules

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

More information!