Pottery festival attendees can make a pot

May 31, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Michael McIntyre was looking for a new profession after focusing on being a stay-at-home dad for two years, so he turned to a fairly new hobby - pottery.

After taking a pottery class at Hagerstown Community College, McIntyre found he liked the craft and had a knack for it.

"I pursued it slowly until I realized I could make some money out of it and enjoy it," said the 40-year-old Leitersburg-area resident.

McIntyre will be one of about 14 potters at this weekend's third annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival at Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro.


Visitors on Saturday will have an opportunity to create their own pottery using a variety of techniques, said Sue Smith, supervisor of visitor services at the museum.

Then they can schedule a time to go to Mont Alto Pottery Cooperative's studio in Mont Alto, Pa., to finish the piece with a glaze and have it refired in a kiln. Cooperative founder James Smith will lead the hands-on pottery workshops.

Live music will be performed in the early afternoon Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Marty and Pat Blair from Reisterstown, Md., will play guitar and violin and sing country, gospel and bluegrass.

On Sunday, Home Comfort Band from Sabillasville, Md., will perform country, bluegrass and gospel.

A silent auction of pottery donated by participating potters will be held in the museum's visitors center. The auction ends at 3 p.m. Sunday, said Bonnie Iseminger, administrator for the museum and park. Proceeds will help offset event expenses for the museum and park.

McIntyre is donating some of his functional stoneware. His pieces include bowls, mugs, cups, platters and dinnerware sets with a dinner plate, lunch plate, soup bowl and cereal bowl.

When McIntyre's family moved from the Baltimore area to Hagerstown in 2000, he commuted to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to continue his work as a film and video editor as, he said.

He gave up working full time five years ago to raise son Logan, now 6.

Last year, his family moved to a farm in the Leitersburg area where he has set up a pottery studio in a shed he built. His wife, Tracy Barlup, owns Long Meadow Animal Hospital and now raises alpacas on the farm.

McIntyre said he loves his new career, which is a natural fit with his life. "I couldn't be happier."

To check out some of McIntyre's pottery and learn more about his FireRobin Farm Pottery, go to

If you go ...

WHAT: Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3

WHERE: Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call Renfrew at 717-762-4723 or visit Soft drinks and grilled hot dogs will be sold.

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