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Nevada City Craft Fair ~ Sunday, June 8, 2014

CraftFair_SierraFAW_adThe Miners Foundry will present the Nevada City Craft Fair on Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The Fair will feature unique and local handmade artisans and vintage goods.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Admission is $3.00, children under 12 are free.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, in person at Briar Patch Co-Op, and at the door.


The independent, juried craft fair showcases Northern California’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares. Many of these vendors show at the esteemed Renegade Craft Fairs across the country.

Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationery items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco, plus local businesses.

This year’s vendors include Marty May Press & Stitchery, Maldoon Designs of the Heart, The Cosmic Soaper, Rocks, Maps and Crafts, From Nature To Art, TartanHearts Jewelry, Lavendar Sky, Henna Trails, Whims and Wildflowers, Hands Full Designs, Lone Wolf Jewelry, Heather’s Crochet Nook, Black Sheep Design Studio and Marketplace, Why Girl Go Astray, GemMe Design, Carolyne’s Closet, Graphic Anthology, Petercat Jewelry, Hold Your Colour Clothing, Baba Heirlooms, Shop JUST, Louellas Homemade Toffee, Krista Tranquilla Studio, Handmade by Heather and Her Kind, Kiya’s Naturals, Cabrina Channing Silverworks, Poppy Hill Handmade, French Knot Designs, freckle face designs, Old Tree Essentials, SparrowsJewels, Pickle Pottery, Eko Kreations, Fatimas Jeweled Henna, Shorebreak Designs, Terre Busse Studio, Girl on a Bike Designs, Kelly Patton Art, and more.  

Eye of the Avocado will be offering seasonal & local organic savory & sweet options like baker & cakemaker baguette sandwiches, vegetarian grain salads, fun & sweet popsicles & more! Plus delicious coffee from Fable Coffee!

Interested in being a vendor at the next Nevada City Craft Fair?  Email the Producer for more info!  [email protected]


Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County artisan community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

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Artisans Festival – Meet the Maker, Paul Steege

Meet ceramics artist Paul Steege of Sweetland Pottery.  You might have seen his beautiful pottery on the cover of the Union’s Prospector this week.  Paul and his wife Tina are one of over 35 artists showing at the 39th annual Artisans Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.   This holiday tradition features Northern California’s finest artisans showing original, hand-crafted art.  Meet the artisans and makers.  Expect to find the extraordinary at this show.  November 29 – December 1, 10am-5pm, $3 daily admission, $5 weekend pass.

I have always found joy in working with my hands, whether the material is wood, fiber, metal, or clay. It was not until I was in college in the 80s that I learned how to throw pots, whiling away many hours in the University of Vermont Pottery Co-op. In 1993, after having moved to the Sierra foothills, I resumed the study of clay with Francesca Roveda, who not only helped me develop my skills, but also introduced me to the possibilities of making a living as a studio artist.

In 1995 my wife, Tina, and I started Sweetland Pottery, making pots in a little studio adjoining our home and taking them around to craft shows on the weekends. I did all of the wet clay work, while Tina glazed and fired the ware in electric kilns. In about 2001, after moving to a new location, a new gas kiln was built. At this time I took over all of the studio work, though Tina continues to support me, handling administrative tasks, bookkeeping, traveling to shows with me, and sometimes assisting in kiln loading.

My current line of high-fired functional porcelain ware includes cups, bowls, teapots, soup tureens, storage jars, and various table items. I also make complete dish sets to order. Most pieces are made on the potters’ wheel with subsequent alteration techniques, and some pieces are constructed from clay slabs. The ware is fired to cone 10 (about 2300 degrees F) in a gas kiln. My glaze palette includes traditional Asian-style glazes, such as a smoky gold shino, a fluid wood-ash glaze, and a rich dark temmoku. Many of my pieces are distinguished by handles I make from manzanita twigs I gather on my land in the Sierra foothills. This softer wood element compliments the hardness of the ceramic forms. I work to find a balance between precision and happenstance. I am also trying for a fluidity of line and surface that porcelain lends itself so well to.

Although my work reflects forms and textures in nature as well as qualities I have seen and admired in the creations of people, I believe that my pots possess a style that is an expression of who I am and what is important to me. Values I strive for include simplicity, integrity, and beauty. It is my hope that these values are imparted to those using this pottery.




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Aaron Ross


The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present Aaron Ross with The Moore Brothers on Friday, December 15, 2023.  Bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and the Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Local songwriter, Aaron Ross, fuses elements of classic American folk, blues, and rock-n-roll. His songwriting transcends genre and defies expectations.

There is a rich vein of folk culture running through Gold Country, and Ross is both miner and metallurgist — an artist whose remarkable talents enable him not only to unearth the best of a deeply organic local tradition, but also to refine and form it into something more universal.


Get Tickets! | $20-$25

  • $20 in Advance | $25 at the Door
  • Seated Show | Osborn/Woods Hall

Miners Foundry Box Office

Tickets available online or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office:
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tuesday – Friday | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Aaron Ross

Aaron Ross has been writing and recording music in the Sierra foothills of Northern California for more than 20 years. His songs fuse elements of classic American folk, blues, and rock-n-roll with an appetite for eclecticism and a dose of absurdist glee to create a sound that is at once spectraly familiar and relentlessly innovative, both rooted in tradition and bracingly original.

From the plaintive acoustic reveries of his beloved first release, The Hallelujah Side (2003), to the grunge-country syncretism of Shapeshifter (2007), the schizophrenic symphonies of Paranormal Attitude (2008), and even a series of experimental collaborations with Sacramento math-rock artists Hella, Ross’s songwriting transcends genre and defies expectations.

Yet, it is his lyrical genius that has truly set him apart. Channeling Bukowski and the Beats as much as old-time religion and the dreadful poetry of the Bible, Ross delights in summoning spirits and warbling esoteric, weaving together the sacred and the profane. He likes to mesmerize, and he likes to disgust. In these wanton God-haunted verses, as another poet once put it, “the pure products of America go crazy.”

His oeuvre marked by an uncompromising commitment to artistic integrity, Ross has largely eschewed the spotlight. But a series of recent albums announce that he remains at the peak of his craft. In 2021, Ross joined forces with Nevada City-based Farrow & The Peach Leaves to record Swan Songs, Vol. 1, an anthology of new variations on old favorites set to the driving rhythms and adamant guitar of southern rock. Troubled Water, released earlier this year, is his tenth studio album.


The Moore Brothers

Unlike many bands claiming to be brothers, Greg and Thom Moore actually are siblings, growing up together in Altadena, CA. And although they had both been playing in various projects for years, it wasn’t until 2001 that the two finally established the Moore Brothers. Beginning in the late ’80s, Thom Moore formed several bands, including Colorful Calliope with R&B singer Jon B. Greg released a solo record before joining Thom for the folk-punk band Thumb of the Maid. After its other members departed, Thom and Greg formed Moore Brothers and released their debut, Colossal Small, on Amazing Grease (founded by Pavement’s Scott Kannberg).

Contact Info

Please contact the Miners Foundry Box Office at [email protected] with questions.

A Night of Talking Heads with Mainstreet Collective

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present a Night of Talking Heads with the Mainstreet Collective on Saturday, January 27, 2024.  Bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and the Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

This will be a mind-blowing show! Punky anthems like “Psycho Killer,” “Life During Wartime,” and “Wild, Wild, Life” lead to dips in the “River” and “Stay Up Late.” But the sweet spot of this robust ensemble brings you “Remain in Light” and “Speaking in Tongues” cuts in all their frenetic pulsating drive and complexity.

The Mainstreet Collective was founded in 2021 as a continually expanding group of talented and passionate musicians around Placerville, CA who love to re-interpret classic music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The band creates standing-room only performances that blow the collective mind!


Get Tickets! | $10-$25

  • $20 in Advance | $25 at the Door | $10 Students (must show school ID at the door)
  • Standing / Dancing Show, Limited Seating Available

Mainstreet Collective

Mainstreet Collective (MSC) is an ever-expanding group of talented, passionate musicians in Placerville. MSC has been wowing audiences around the Sierra Foothills and beyond. The Talking Heads Tribute features talented instrumentalists like Charlie Baldwin on sax and Aron Faria on guitar. Vocals are gorgeously supplied by keyboardist Paul Godwin and femme fatales Haley Nicole Woodward and Mae Flores. Able, in the pocket rhythm section includes Brett Neumann on Bass,  Jerry Barton on drums plus Jason Bramlette on Vocals and percussion.

When MSC began their Talking Heads journey, they had no idea how a simple evening of Talking Heads music could explode a Goldrush town. Is it 80’s nostalgia? Zeitgeist for the Millenials? Why do old people and kids scramble and jump at this show? Come out and see for yourselves!

Miners Foundry Box Office

Tickets available online or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office:
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tuesday – Friday | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Info

Please contact the Miners Foundry Box Office at [email protected] with questions.