An annual event for the past 12 years, Christmas at the Cabin brings together pottery and fraktur by Tom Wintczak; original paintings, prints, and cards by Kazhia Kolb; and wood carvings by Richard Hitch in the cozy setting of an 1850 log cabin and 1890 timber-framed barn located in Wadesville, Indiana.
While in years past this event allowed guests to visit all three artists’ studios, for 2020, Kolb and Hitch will be gathering at Wintczak’s cabin and barn studio space for Bee Tree Pottery.
A former manager of a rental car facility at the Evansville Regional Airport, Wintczak decided to pivot his life, enrolling in a six-night pottery class through the University of Southern Indiana. The rest is history. In 1997, he formed Bee Tree Pottery, named for the trees on his rural Posey County property. His signature pottery style is redware, an early American pottery style.
For Kazhia Kolb, her art is all about the world in constantly changing light. Many of her pieces include scenes of people, landscapes, and more. Richard Hitch is a well-known local master woodcarver, producing various detailed pieces, including animals both large and small.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. For customer safety, only four guests will be allowed in the cabin at a time.
“Sit on the porch, pet the cat, have a peppermint or a chocolate or two and just relax and enjoy the season,” encourages Wintczak on the Bee Tree Pottery Facebook page.