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The pleasures of West Cornwall in Litchfield Hills

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The art of pottery making goes back centuries and in Litchfield Hills, the Cornwall Bridge Pottery Store, www.cbpots.com located on Rte. 128 is celebrating forty years of creating pots, lamps, cups, plates, mugs and bowls in the small village of Cornwall Bridge and West Cornwall.

Potter, Todd Piker became passionate about the mysterious magic of the potter's wheel back in 1972 and decided he wanted to learn how to make beautiful and affordable pots for everyday living. With that in mind, Todd left for England to learn how to master of art of pottery.

Upon Piker's return, he built a 35-foor long woodfired tube kiln where he fires all manner of pottery. Visitors are welcome to visit the kiln and to watch potters busy at their wheels but it is best to call in advance to see what part of the production cycle you will be able to see when visiting this location. A visit to the kiln is always rewarding for bargain hunters because this is where the beautiful seconds are kept. The workshop and kiln are located on Rte. 7 in Cornwall Bridge.

The pottery store, located on Rte. 128 in West Cornwall by the historic Cornwall covered bridge is where you will find an excellent array of hand crafted pottery created by Cornwall Bridge Pottery as well as the carefully selected work of glassmakers, metal smiths and more that complement the wood-fired pots, lamps and other useful and decorative items.

Once a year, Cornwall Bridge Pottery has a Lamp Sale taking place from Saturday, May 24 - Monday, May 26 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. that is not to be missed. This sale is always Memorial Day Weekend and this year's sale marks the fortieth anniversary for the pottery, that began making lamps for Bloomingdale's in 1976 in honor of the nations 200 Anniversary. Some lamps will be discounted up to 75% off and there will be a 10% discount on all sales of Shaker furniture over this holiday weekend.

In addition to the sale, there will be ongoing demonstrations of wheel-throwing plus discussions and in-depth videos of the making and firing process of pottery.

Next door to the Cornwall Bridge Pottery Shop is the Wish House www.wishhouse.com located on 413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike (Rte. 128) in West Cornwall where you will find a whimsical choice of life style products, gift items, home accessories and clothes in a colorful and inspiring environment. There is also an exhibit called Art Among Friends as well as works by Cindy Kirk and Shaun McDavid in the adjacent Souterrain Gallery www.souterraingallery.com.

If you are a book lover, make a stop at Barbara Farnsworth Bookseller, www.farnsworthbooks.com located on 407 Rte. 128 in West Cornwall steps away from the Wish House that offers 45,000 plus out-of- print books in just about every category imaginable. This shop located on 407 Rte. 128 in West Cornwall offers large selection of literature, house and garden titles, design and books about books.

Don't forget to bring your camera to take a photo of the historic West Cornwall Covered Bridge built in 1864 of red spruce timbers and wooden pegs. Spanning the Housatonic River, this bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of two covered bridges in Connecticut that can be crossed by auto traffic.

For more information on Litchfield Hills visit www.litchfieldhills.com

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