Blue Mountain Pottery Expo
A celebration of this iconic Canadian pottery, born from the clay on the Blue Mountain.
This weekend event brings together experts, collectors, filmmakers, designers, pottery employees, antique dealers, museums, curators, craftspeople and you to discover the charm, history and importance of Blue Mountain Pottery.
This pottery was established in the early 1950’s by Jozo Weider, as part of his business portfolio at Blue Mountain. The pottery was a huge success, providing the economic foundation for the Blue Mountain Ski Resort and becoming well-known around the world. Jozo sold the pottery in the late 1960’s and it has continued to grow.
The Craigleith Heritage Depot presents this event with its partners, The Town of The Blue Mountains, The Blue Mountain Pottery Collector’s Club, the Thornbury B.I.A., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281, Beaver Valley Outreach, the Blue Mountains Historical Society, and others.
The Blue Mountain Pottery Expo runs the weekend of July 23rd. New items are still be added to our itinerary as we prepare for the event. Check back, and check back often!
Friday, July 22
Location: Clarksburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281
6:00pm - 9:00pm: Open Mic Night all welcome
Kick off your weekend with an open mic stage at the Clarksburg Legion. Mingle and meet with other Blue Mountain Pottery collectors in this informal, fun setting. There will be a barbeque, bar, and open mic, so bring your own instrument or voice!
Saturday, July 23
Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre
10:00am - 5:00pm: Blue Mountain Pottery Expo admission by donation
Attend the film premiere of our latest REEL History film about Blue Mountain Pottery. Browse the sales and show floor to see the amazing variety and colour of pottery production and chat with the knowledgeable collectors and sellers. Visit the exhibits from local museums and historical societies sharing their expert knowledge and insight. Learn about the origins of the pottery and how one branch of the pottery has become a leading high-tech company in our region.
5:00pm - 8:00pm: Blue Mountain Pottery Collectors Club Annual General Meeting membership required, paid dinner.
This is the 20th anniversary year of the Blue Mountain Pottery Collectors Club! A signature 20th anniversary logo, merchandise and special tile by David Bennett will be available to members.
Sunday, July 24
Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre
9:00am - 1:00pm: Blue Mountain Pottery Expo admission by donation
This is the last day for the Expo. Check out the Collectors' tables and watch the new documentary film "Blue Clay"!
David Bennett, Blue Mountain Pottery Designer demonstrates making pottery on a wheel. He created the 20th anniversary tile for the club members and there will be a few are for sale. The commemorative tile is of the Craigleith Train Station, now the Craigleith Heritage Depot. A collector’s item for sure!
Attend the film premiere of our latest REEL History film about Blue Mountain Pottery. The film will be shown throughout the two-day expo.
Meet retired ROM expert Conrad Biernacki as he shares information on his upcoming book about Blue Mountain pottery.
Browse the Collectors' Tables to see the amazing variety and colour of pottery production and chat with the knowledgeable collectors.
Visit the exhibits from local museums and historical societies sharing their expert knowledge and insight.
Learn about the origins of the pottery and how one branch of the pottery has become a leading high-tech company in our region.
Join the Blue Mountain Pottery Collectors Club this is the 20th anniversary year! A signature 20th anniversary logo, merchandise and special tile by David Bennett will be available to members.
Start a collection, with a starter kit available for young collectors, they can choose their first piece!
Staff Reunion of pottery employees, space to share stories and knowledge about the pottery and meet up with old friends.
Send greetings with Canada Post using a special Blue Mountain Pottery cancellation stamp for your mail. Blue Mountain Pottery postcards will be available for you to write and send.
Pick up a self-guided driving tour of pottery locations and cool spots throughout The Blue Mountains. Original locations of the pottery at Blue Mountain Resort, Craigleith and Collingwood. Included are other unique offerings you might enjoy along the way.
Buy the Blue Mountain Pottery Calendar! Help the Craigleith Heritage Depot raise funds for the Blue Mountain Pottery book being written by Conrad Biernacki by purchasing this 16 month calendar to inspire you throughout the year. Includes historical dates and beautiful images.
More Pottery in The Blue Mountains
Kick back at the Open Mic at the Royal Canadian Legion 281, for some musical fun and friendship with the people involved in this event. BBQ, bar and open mic for anyone who wants to share.
Visit L.E. Shore Library and Gallery to see the latest art show and see the showcases.
Visit downtown Thornbury, with its cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, or walk the Georgian trail or down to the Harbour, within walking distance of the Expo.
Visit downtown Clarksburg, known also as Artsburg and check out the range of art galleries and shops in this picturesque small town near to the Expo.
Take the self-guided driving tour of pottery locations and cool spots throughout The Blue Mountains. Original locations of the pottery at Blue Mountain Resort, Craigleith Circle K/Shan/Surf Cafe building and in Collingwood. Included are other unique offerings you might enjoy along the way.
Visit our Museum to see our collection of Blue Mountain Pottery!
More Details Coming Soon!
For more information about the event contact:
Andrea Wilson, Craigleith Heritage Depot Curator
519-599-3681 ext. 372