take me to the river …

Great events are happening up and down the St. Croix during the annual Take Me to the River “festival of festivals,” a project of ArtReach St. Croix.

Al is honored and pleased to be showing his work at the Guillermo Cuellar & Friends Fall Sale along with pottery from Guillermo, Jim Lorio and Mike Norman and leather goods by Spring & Finn.

Friday, September 16        10am-5pm
Saturday, September 17   10am-5pm
Sunday, September 18      10am-5pm

Find more info HERE













The finale of Al’s Glass Showroom is near – the Center City space closes at the end of January 2016, but not before we bring bodylish to Chisago County!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 3-8pm + SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 10am-3pm
RECHARGE + REFRESH with bodylish
Our Minneapolis friend Nora will bring her luscious body care concoctions to soothe holiday frazzle and promote calm for the new year. Salvation Bomb with Lavender and CowGirl Rub? Yes, please. More info at bodylish.com

Join us to find your New Year treat, stock up for Valentine’s and get great deals on Al’s glass …

Alan Honn Glass Showroom
next door to Al’s Center Saloon
321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012

Basket4 Oh-Man-What-a-Gift

holiday time in Center City

Season’s Greetings!! from Alan Honn Glass Showroom and Al’s Center Saloon

Heading into the holidays, and nearing the January finish of our pop up project, we’re expanding showroom hours and focusing on Center City goods: Alan Honn handblown glass, Travis Greene repurposed wood work and Delia Jurek original prints.

FRIDAYS 12-8pm
SATURDAYS 10am-5pm
SUNDAYS 12-3pm

CLOSING EVENTS in JANUARY, to be announced …

black & tan glass



Next door to Al’s Showroom, Al’s Center Saloon is celebrating 16 years of fantastic food and fine spirits and is open 11am-1am, every day. FIND MORE INFORMATION at alscentersaloon.com

Paul Mayasich Trio
Real American made (Minnesota) music, live @ Al’s Center Saloon

MayasichTrio AlsRail

321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012

Trunk Show: Two Oaks Trading

Al’s Showroom welcomes Two Oaks Trading Bags & Totes!
FRIDAY November 20, 3-8
SATURDAY November 21, 10-3

Handmade in Scandia MN from American waxed canvas, Two Oaks goods are functional, durable and HANDSOME. Katie Faragher makes messenger bags, totes, diaper bags and especially clever lunch sacks that are a pleasure to carry and use.

Katie says, “Waxed canvas, or ‘tin cloth’ is tough wearing and waterproof. Wax fabrics have been widely and successfully used by workers, explorers, and outdoorsmen for many years. Like leather, it develops a certain ‘patina’ with wear and tear. The particular fabric I use is woven here in the US with cotton that has been coated in non-hazardous, environmentally friendly wax in a process perfected in the 1930’s.”

Join us in Center City to meet Katie and see and shop these locally made, quality pieces.

321 Summit Avenue, Center City MN 55012 – next door to AL’S CENTER SALOON

TwoOaksMessengerBag TwoOaksTote TwoOaksDoppKits TwoOaksBags

Center City on the Swedish Quilt Square Trail

The Swedish Barn Quilt Trail has reached Summit Avenue in Center City MN:
two colorful, painted squares are now installed at Al’s Center Saloon and Moe Auction Service!

Join us as we celebrate Michele Jordet’s “Days & Nights at Al’s” and Al Honn’s “Goblet Tapestry”
Friday, October 9, 6-8:30pm

See the squares, enjoy sweet treats and meet the artists from 6-8:30pm at Alan Honn Glass Showroom. At 8:30pm, Drunk’n Stupid plays Al’s Center Saloon next door.

The Swedish Barn Quilt Trail is a project of The Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation. For more information, see clac-foundation.com

321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012
next door to AL’S CENTER SALOON

Open Fridays 3-8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm,
by appointment or by chance

















Days & Nights at Al’s
Al’s Center Saloon, 321 Summit Avenue, Center City MN
Michele Jordet earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University with a major in painting and a minor in ceramics. She has lived on South Center Lake for the past ten years.

















Goblet Tapestry
Moe Auction Service, 324 Summit Avenue, Center City MN
Alan Honn, Swedish on his mother’s side of the family, is the proprietor of Al’s Center Saloon in Center City and is also a glassblower with over 30 years of experience. Al earned his BFA at the University of Minnesota and practiced his craft in Colorado and Washington before returning home to Minnesota. Currently, he is a studio artist and teacher at Foci-Minnesota Center for Glass Arts in Minneapolis.

October @Al’s

Coming this October to Alan Honn Glass Showroom and Al’s Center Saloon in Center City MN …


Minnesota Glass Studio Tour at the Showroom
We’ll be open extended hours during this annual tour hosted by glass artists
in and around the Twin Cities. More information at glassstudiotour.com
Friday, October 16 3-8pm
Saturday, October 17 10am-6pm
Sunday, October 18 noon-5pm

Paul Mayasich Trio at the Saloon
Real American made (Minnesota) music
Friday, October 16 9pm

Center City Book Exchange at the Showroom
Energize your book stack for the season at this no cost event: bring up to 10 volumes in good condition to trade for up to 10 new-to-you titles. Enjoy book talk, treats and check out Center City’s new Little Library!
Friday, October 23 3-8pm
Saturday, October 24 10am-3pm

Mary Cutrufello at the Saloon
Rockin’ blues from a St. Paul favorite
Friday, October 23 9pm

James Silas Rogers Reading at the Showroom
The St. Paul writer reflects on his visits to burial grounds in the essays and poems of Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead. More information at northstarpress.com
Saturday, October 24 1:30pm

321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012
next door to AL’S CENTER SALOON

Open Fridays 3-8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm,
by appointment or by chance

summer scenes and Minnesota State Fair

Summer is yawning: we’ve enjoyed a great season that will close with the fun of the Minnesota State Fair. Al will be doing glass blowing demos with Foci-Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, 2014 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Attraction at the Fair! Visit the mobile glass studio and gallery in the West End Market (see the map HERE)

Al’s schedule at the Fair:

Thursday, August 27; 2:30-9:30pm
Sunday, August 30; 2:30-9:30pm
Monday, August 31; 8am-3pm
Tuesday, September 1; 2:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, September 2; 8am-3pm
Thursday, September 3; 2:30-9:30pm
Sunday, September 6; 2:30-9:30pm

pilsner smoothie

pilsner smoothie

Showroom visitor parking

Showroom visitor parking

sidewalk decor

sidewalk decor

Center City in prints

Center City in prints

artists & friends

artists & friends

mixing clay & glass

mixing clay & glass

Neighborhood Potters: Guillermo Cuellar and Peter Jadoonath


See and shop beautiful, locally made pottery for home and table
Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22
Meet the Artists: Friday, August 21 from 6-8pm
Rockin’ blues from Mary Cutrufello to follow, 9pm at Al’s Center Saloon

The Showroom will be open Friday, August 21 from 3-8pm and
Saturday, August 22 from 10am-3pm

Alan Honn Glass Showroom
321 Summit Avenue
Center City, MN 55012

Chisago County is home to an admirable roster of nationally and internationally known ceramic artists. Because handcrafted glass and pottery goods combine so naturally, we’ve asked two talented local potters to offer their work during this weekend event at Al’s Glass Showroom. In addition to his studio practice, Guillermo is an arts activist who is especially interested in connecting local makers and audiences. Peter maintained a studio in the Twin Cities before moving to the area last year: we’re pleased to welcome him and look forward to work from his new space. Both potters make forms that are high-fired, dishwasher safe and a pleasure to use every day. Please join us to meet the artists and to shop some of the best pottery in the state.

About the Artists:

Guillermo Cuellar was born and grew up in Venezuela before coming to the United States to complete high school. He studied ceramics at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon IA. Upon his return to Venezuela in the 1980s, Guillermo was inspired and encouraged at a workshop led by notable Minnesota potter Warren MacKenzie. The two potters commenced a lifelong friendship that continues to this day. For many years, Guillermo maintained a studio in his native country, and is a founder of Grupo Turgua, a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the work of Venezuelan craftspeople. Currently, he lives and works in Shafer MN, and serves as a host potter during the annual Minnesota Potters of the Upper St. Croix Valley Studio Tour.

The artist states, “I do not consciously design my pots with drawings or plans. I set out to make teapots, for example, and the making process generates ideas, each piece responding to the one before. Subtle variations on simple forms often result in dramatic changes in the character and personality of a pot. Small details, accidents, a dent, texture, an accent, a curve of belly, a kink in a handle may all have surprising results. Clay is infinitely receptive and expressive; it records the character of the maker, the circumstances of making and the use given to it. In use, our hands can sense every mark, every ridge and dent, left by the hands of the potter … I make everyday pots to live with in the home, objects that contribute to the texture of daily life. In simple pieces like teapots, coffee cups or cereal bowls, I relish the delightful, surprising interaction of elements and forms of diverse origins. I hope the pots provide as much enjoyment in their use as the excitement and anticipation they bring me in the making.”

For more information, see guillermopottery.com

“I find inspiration from scientific mystery, unexplained history, small complex ideas and large simple ideas,” states Peter Jadoonath. “Through my craft, it is important for me to honor timelessness, tradition, ancestors and predecessors. I strive for this by following my intuition, seeking self-realization, working hard and gathering the patience to take risks … The pots I make are functional, they are meant to hold objects and ideas. The pottery shapes are loose, broad, open to suggestion, and open to interpretation.”

Peter employs a repertoire of folding, coiling, paddling and carving techniques to alter and create distinctive, textured surfaces on wheel thrown forms. About his process, the artist explains, “I pay close attention to texture, gesture, and balance. I was always into drawing and doodling before I ever touched clay, so it is very natural for me to incise, impress, and carve designs into the pottery shapes. I use texture as a graphic device, and to develop composition … (and) carefully mind the ergonomic aspects of the pottery shapes. Proper-fitting lids, sharp spouts, comfortable rims, and soft handles are examples of the quality I pursue in my craft. I glaze pots with iron rich washes, clay slips, and soft matte glazes … It is very important that the pots are sturdy, dependable, and provoke a sense of ease.

The artist holds a BFA from Bemidji State University and is the recipient of both a Jerome Artists Grant and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. In 2000, Peter established a studio in St. Paul’s historic Lowertown district and in 2014, he relocated to Shafer MN. “Minnesota has a thick, dense, woven history of pottery and the groundwork has been laid by all our predecessors which I am very thankful for,” he states. “I believe in the Midwestern tradition and the esthetic evolving from it … I continue to make pots, experiment, and learn from my regional arts community.”

For more information, see peterjadoonathpottery.com

Delia Jurek, Center City Printmaker

We are thankful that longtime local Delia Jurek has shared her art, support and stories with us; who better to spend Center City Days with than this printmaker, actor and activist? We’re looking forward to offering an expanded selection of Delia’s prints beginning July 31.

Meet the Artist! Friday, July 31 5-8pm
Join us at Al’s Glass Showroom during Center City Days to meet and greet Delia and to see and shop a selection of her prints.

MAIDEN DIXIE Street Dance to follow at 8pm, behind Al’s Center Saloon

Prizes & Surprises at Summit Avenue businesses Saturday, August 1 12-3pm

The Showroom will be open Friday, July 31 from 3-8pm and Saturday, August 1 from 10am-3pm

Alan Honn Glass Showroom
321 Summit Avenue
Center City, MN 55012


JurekWaitingToServeAbout the Artist:

Adventurous and versatile, printmaker Delia Witherill Jurek addresses landscapes of environment, politics and emotional life in her work.

The artist, a resident of Center City since 1976, maintains a studio behind her historic home, a hundred year old former retail structure that was moved down the street from its original site near the current courthouse. She works on a press that was formerly owned by noted printmaker and University of Minnesota professor Malcolm Myers.

Originally a ceramic artist who taught pottery at nearby Hazelden, Delia gravitated to printmaking upon returning to the U of M to finish her degree after many years away. While making prints offered a repetitive practice and the possibility of multiples similar to pottery making, Delia was intrigued by a distinct change in media. Her interest was fueled by the opportunity to study in Italy at the International School of Graphics in 2000. She pre-sold the prints she would make there to fund the trip and returned as a visiting artist in 2003.

Many of Delia’s prints reflect the mood and rituals of central Minnesota’s outdoor life: fishing, broomball, night driving. Delia favors the monotype form, singular prints or very small series’ of prints with slight differences. She has exhibited her work at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis and is represented by Northern Prints Gallery, Duluth.

Pictured above: Waiting to Serve, copper etching; below: the artist in her studio