Guide to Our 34th Annual House & Garden Show Weekend

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Welcome the glorious summer season in Detroit as we host our 34th annual House & Garden Show Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9  presented by Detroit’s own–– Strategic Staffing Solutions.


We kick-off the weekend with a ticketed preview gala at the pottery on Thursday, June 6 from 6 - 9:30pm. This fundraiser supports Pewabic’s mission of enriching the human spirit through clay. Your support helps maintain and enhance Michigan’s only National Historic Landmark Pottery and 501(c)(3) arts nonprofit organization. Purchase your tickets before they sell out!
“We are thrilled to bring back this popular celebration” –– Pewabic Executive Director, Steve McBride - portrait by Detroit photographer EE Berger Photo
Guests hitting the dancefloor at the 2023 Preview Party

2024 Preview Party Performing Artist - Nicole New 

This ticketed preview party fundraiser includes cocktails and a strolling supper by Two Unique Catering, decor provided by Display Group and live music from Detroit vocalist Nicole New.
Delicious strolling supper, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts provided by Ruby Sponsor Two Unique Catering
Attendees will be the first to shop Pewabic’s Summer Collection releases and exciting, new work by over 50 independent ceramic artists from across the country. Enjoy live sculpting demonstrations by Michigan artist Laurie Sharkus and watch on as a member from our vessel-making team demonstrates their approach to wheel-throwing.
Artist Laurie Sharkus sculpting in her studio


Pewabic artist and educator Kayla Kirk wheel-throwing at the 2023 Preview Party


The Preview Party will also kick-off of our annual online auction featuring Detroit experiences and one-of-a-kind Pewabic pieces for collectors. This exciting auction gives our fans who are not local a chance to support the Pottery while claiming a completely singular piece or experience that cannot be replicated.


Attendees viewing our Online Auction items at the 2023 Preview Party


Presenting Sponsors - Strategic Staffing Solutions


We thank everyone who purchased a ticket or made a donation to this year’s event and to the incredible sponsors who made it all possible. 

Special thanks to this year’s returning Presenting Sponsor Strategic Staffing Solutions, our Decor Sponsor Display Group, and our Diamond Sponsors John & Anne Roberts.  

Detroit’s own Strategic Staffing Solutions describe their business approach as “outcome based”. This global IT consulting and business services corporation is women-led and boasts consistent growth and diversity since the year 1990.


Pewabic Board Chair and Vice President & Corporate Secretary of Strategic Staffing Solutions David Fox at the 2023 House & Garden Show Preview Gala


Saying Pewabic Board Chair and Vice President & Corporate Secretary of Strategic Staffing Solutions, David Fox “wears many hats” is an understatement. Dedicated to excellence, David actively listens to customer challenges and goals, creating individualized solutions instead of quick fixes. His leadership style can be described as “team-centered”, holding true to his belief that a group is always stronger than an individual.  

In his free time, David enjoys traveling, boating, attending art fairs, theater performances, and concerts. He is also a classically trained musician who plays the pipe organ every Sunday while directing both a vocal and handbell choir. David believes that “musical skills – such as analytical ability and recognizing patterns – are transferable to problem resolution in the business world.”

We are lucky to have this born-and-raised Detroiter with so many vocations, talents, and professional experiences on our board of trustees. We encourage you to take a look at Strategic Staffing Solutions complete roster of employees. Scroll down and you will notice a few furry friends featured on their homepage, aptly described as “Paw-fice Assistants”.


View from under the tent during the 2023 Preview Party - Decor provided by Display Group


Our Decor Sponsors at Display Group furnish the big tent, and ensure that our guests get the most out of their House & Garden Show Weekend. These event-focused folks offer a range of options including event furniture, decor rentals, and even custom prop and display fabrication. 

For over 30 years, Display Group have made their client’s event dreams come true. Take a look at their jaw-dropping Project Portfolio for a sampling of their impressive offerings.


Attendees at the 2023 House & Garden Show cheesing for the camera


Diamond Sponsors John & Anne Roberts have been long-standing supporters of the Pottery. Their returning sponsorship and unwavering commitment to the arts is truly inspiring. We are deeply grateful to them both. 

The ticketed event is just the beginning of a fun-filled weekend. Our House & Garden Show festivities continue from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. These days are free and open to the public and offer something for every art enthusiast planning to attend. 

Enjoy live music, wheel-throwing demonstrations by Pewabic artisans, and clay-sculpting demonstrations by the illustrious Laurie Sharkus, all while exploring the pottery and our upstairs exhibition with recent updates entitled Pewabic: Detroit’s Pottery. View the schedule below for a breakdown of what to expect each day.


Artists Susanne Stephenson and the late John Stephenson


Be among the first to see Pewabic’s newest glazes and a new addition to our tile collection, alongside recent pieces by more than 50 artists from throughout North America–– including other-wordly ceramic pieces by globally acclaimed artists Susanne & John Stephenson

We encourage you to explore the National Historic Landmark Pottery building and learn about Pewabic’s history spanning over 120 years in the beautiful city of Detroit. Experience our archival collection through strolling museum tours and get to know our staff members! We are looking forward to seeing you all and sharing a few laughs and memories. 


Sculpture by Susanne Stephenson entitled “Green Chartreuse Bottle” - 19" x 9” x 9", $750


The Pewabic courtyard will transform into a biergarten for the weekend, featuring a selection of local brews and beverages. Sip a cold one and enjoy live music from power-pop duo and local music legends Stereobabe on Saturday, June 8 and musical stylings from the incomparable Steve Jarosz on Sunday, June 9. 

"This is a chance to enjoy a fun-filled weekend at one of Detroit's most iconic destinations," explains McBride. "We're thrilled to welcome everyone back to the pottery to experience the magic of ceramic art."

For full event information and weekend schedule, please visit


All photos from our 2023 House & Garden Show were taken by Heather Nash


House & Garden Show Weekend Hours & Highlights: 

  • Friday, June 7, 10 AM - 5 PM  featuring strolling tours and viewing of Pewabic: Detroit’s Pottery, Pewabic artisan wheel throwing demos from 12-4 PM, and sculpting demos by visiting artist Laurie Sharkus 
  • Saturday, June 8, 10 AM - 5 PM featuring strolling tours and viewing of Pewabic: Detroit’s Pottery, Pewabic artisan wheel throwing demos from 12-4 PM, sculpting demos by visiting artist Laurie Sharkus, Courtyard Biergarten sponsored by fleurdetroit from 12 - 5 PM, live music from Stereobabe, and food truck guests Papelon Arepa Bar
  • Sunday, June 9, 11 AM - 4 PM featuring strolling tours and viewing of Pewabic: Detroit’s Pottery, Pewabic artisan wheel throwing demos from 12-4 PM, sculpting demos by visiting artist Laurie Sharkus, Courtyard Biergarten sponsored by fleurdetroit from 12 - 4 PM, and live music by Steve Jarosz @stevejarosz.grupoescobar on Instagram.


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