Bears and Brews

Looking for something fun to do this Friday? Rochester First Friday is this coming Friday!

Fellow Mayday Underground artist John Ballou is the guest artist at Crocus Clayworks this Friday in the Hungerford building on East Main Street. Below is an excerpt from his blog.

When I sit down to have a cold beer, I want one that is different. I want one that is crafted in small batches. I want one with unique flavor.

This is how I look at my hand carved rubber stamps too. I want to have different stamps that are unique and made in small batches. I want to make them with my own two hands.

What better way to celebrate them both than at “Bears and Brews” on Friday, April 1 at Crocus Clayworks studio in Suite 225 in the Hungerford Building at 1115 E. Main Street in Rochester, NY, from 5-9 pm.

I got an email in January from the fine potters at Crocus Clayworks asking me if I would be interested in being their featured guest for one of the First Friday openings that they have each month at their studio. A one man show, now how could I say NO! I met with Marie, Sabre, and Jennifer and worked out the details.

What can you expect when you come to the show? First, you get to explore and shop. The Hungerford Building is an amazing place of artist studios, and just wandering the halls is an adventure in itself. But at Crocus Clayworks, you will find me, all my stamps for sale, all of the wonderful pottery from Crocus Clayworks. Secondly, we will have beer! I’m a big proponent of trying to buy local, and I try to drink local beer when I can, so expect different beer from a local brewer (no Bud for me). There will also be some light snacks, something sweet and something salty, and a raffle for a prize basket.

Those who have been to one of the craft shows I have been at know that my stamps range from a flock of birds, to portraits of historic Rochester figures. This year, I’m putting a real effort into making stamps with masculine qualities: Man Stamps! I think “Bears and Brews” will be the perfect place to debut some of these new designs.

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