Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 9, so there are two weekends left to find the perfect gift. If you like your gifts handmade by local artists, here’s a list of Reno-area sales geared for Mom. (Note: Be sure to check the dates for each sale. Some are Mother’s Day weekend only, some also run this weekend, and one can help belated shoppers catch up post-holiday.)
Petals & Pottery 2021 Mother’s Day Market
May 8-9, 10am-3pm
The Wedge Ceramics Studio
2095 Dickerson Road, Reno
At this welcoming pottery collective in the Dickerson Road’s DIY artspace district, not far from downtown Reno, Mother’s Day shoppers can fill a handmade vase with flowers, snack on pastries from Perenn bakery, and get their hands dirty with drop-in workshops by nearby Atelier Reno. Artist Julie Steiner will be painting on the spot, and the group has a few other surprises in store, too.
Joe + Shiho Winter’s Spring Sale
May 1-2 + 8-9, 10am-4pm
16620 Fetlock Drive, Reno
Joe + Shiho Winter’s pottery studio is at their home in the Rancho Haven neighborhood, about 40 miles north of downtown Reno, up I-395 or Red Rock Road. Joe‘s been perfecting vases, mugs, plates, and other functional pottery for decades. Shiho sculpts animals, ornaments, and kitchen wares with intricate surface designs. (You can learn more about her work in Jessica Santina’s recent Double Scoop profile.)
Great Basin Pottery Spring Sale
May 1-2 + 8-9, 10am-4pm
Great Basin Pottery
423-725 Scott Road, Doyle, California
Just a few miles past the border of northern Washoe County and California, a lovely Sunday drive out of Reno leads to quiet, low-stress gift shopping at an outdoor pottery “showroom” with a view across picturesque Long Valley. Here’s the latest from Great Basin Pottery’s Casey Clark: “I’ll be kicking off the first weekend with pots from our most recent wood firing, and for the second weekend I’ll be restocked with new work from the stoneware kiln. There will be plenty of pottery to pick from no matter when you make it out. … Shopping is outside and please bring a mask. Cash or cards accepted.” Handmade textile items from Sarah Lillegard will be on offer as well.
Mother’s Day Boutique at the Riverside Farmers Market
May 8, 9am-1pm
McKinley Art Center
925 Riverside Drive, Reno
Reno’s only year-round farmers market, at McKinley Arts + Culture Center, hosts a special outdoor gift market the day before Mother’s Day with jewelry and other artwork, a paint-your-own gift station, flowers, music, and activities for kids. More event info here.