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

Photo: The Wedge

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
(775) 969-3394

Photo: Joe Winter

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

Photo: Casey Clark

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

Image: Grace Davis

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.

“A Breath of Fresh Art”

Sierra Watercolor Society’s spring show
May 5-June 6
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10am-4pm
Wilbur D. May Museum
1595 N. Sierra Street, in Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno

“Not Very Ladylike,” a paining by Sierra Watercolor Society member Ronnie Rector

It’s not technically a Mother’s Day sale, but this show is one of the biggest and best displays of watercolors you’ll see in the region, and it’s timed just right to treat Mom to a fresh work of art. (It’s also timed pretty nicely for belated shoppers. The show is up through early June.) Admission is free. More event info here.
Cover image: “Forest Prism,” a watercolor painting by Anette Rink of the Sierra Watercolor Society

Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.