Daily Distraction: Embrace the season of ceramics at 3060 Gallery

Shop for locally made items, including contemporary pottery from Kat's Clay Creations, at 3060 Gallery's Holiday Artisan Market each weekend through December

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Ceramic mugs from Kat's Clay Creations

I drink hot beverages year round. Caffeinated beverages, that is. Coffee in the morning, black tea in the afternoon. And I'm picky about my mugs. I want it to be big enough to hold a large dose of morning java, I want it to fit nicely in my hand and, if at all possible, I want it to look like an art piece. 

Once the leaves start falling and the outside spigot starts freezing (oops), I become even more interested in unique-looking, hand-held containers for liquid caffeine. Over the years, my household has amassed a pretty good collection of handmade mugs, along with a few nostalgic holdovers I just can't bring myself to throw out (e.g. the white-ish, decades-old D'Addario mug I got for free after saving up proofs of purchase from packs of guitar strings). Recently, a generous and talented ceramicist neighbor has helped grow the collection to the overflowing point.

Anyway, if you're also the type to start craving glazed goodness and other one-of-a-kind, locally made items during the snowy season, 3060 Gallery in the Hilltop/Westgate area is hosting a Holiday Artisan Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and December. You'll find scarves, jewelry, art prints, boutique clothing items and more, including a variety of contemporary, functional ceramic pieces from Kathryn Johnson, aka Kat's Clay Creations. During the Hilltop Hop on Saturday, Dec. 4, you'll also find "pop-up maker markets" at nearby Clay Street Ceramics and Design Refinery. The Hop doubles as the opening reception for December's 3060 Gallery featured artists, Bryn Reagan and Weiting Wei.