Whistle Stop Clay Works event is this Saturday, September 18

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (September 17, 2021) – The weather forecast is great for the Whistle Stop Clay Works (WSCW) 4th Annual Pottery Affaire Saturday, 9/17, from 11a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pottery Affaire display from September 2020 (Chuck Gibson File Photo)

The show highlights local artists offering handmade pottery, paintings, note cards, photographs, and much more. It provides an excellent opportunity to support local artists and buy unique, handcrafted work while enjoying the outdoor setting at WSCW in Loveland.

As a special treat to visitors, a couple local authors will be on hand as well. Loveland author Kay Bolin (Luce the Goose: Memories on Dream Street) will host a children’s story time 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. She’ll be reading from her children’s books. Another local author, Jen Pinto has authored two books and will be on hand as well. Copies of her books – “A Voice of my Own” and “Unpacking Hope” will be available for purchase.

Local Author Kay Bolin was the most recent share her Luce the Goose stories and sign books at the LMC author series (Photo Pete Bissman)

Pinto also authored a “smaller” book called “First Ladies” about all the “First Ladies” of the University of Cincinnati. It was in conjunction with the Bicentennial for the University. She loves to write. Her first book – “A Voice of My Own” came out about 5 years ago in 2016. She says it is loosely based on her own situation growing up with a deaf mother.

That book is about a teenage girl who had a deaf mother,” said Pinto. “It was loosely based on my own life, but the situation was the same, but the events are different.”

Books by local author, Jen Pinto (Provided)

Her most recent book is “Unpacking Hope” which she released not long before COVID struck. Pinto says it also has deaf characters. She’s decided it is kind of her thing.  There are reasons beyond the obvious.

“One, I think it would be nice for deaf people to see themselves in books as a character, not just deaf people, but as prominent in literature, Pinto explained. “It’s a young adult novel. It’s about Hope. Hope just really wants to stay in one place, but has a mom with bipolar disorder.”

The character name is Hope, but the story is her journey through many challenges presented by living with, and without, a bipolar mom. Jen Pinto can tell you more when you visit at Pottery Affaire Saturday, September 18.

The show will also feature Sammy’s Craft Burgers and Beer and Special Neat Treats on site offering food, ice cream and help to refuel and hydrate shoppers. There will be hourly door prizes, demonstrations on the potter’s wheel, and pottery studio tours.