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Potter to display her passion at Lutz festival

Lenora Lake Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:06 AM

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Lynda Rix says she doesn't sell her pottery for a living.

The owner of Lutz's Moonlight Studio creates it as a hobby; but she said she sells it once a month at art shows "so I can afford more clay."

Rix is among more than 250 exhibitors in the 33rd annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival, set for this weekend at Lake Park on North Dale Mabry Highway.

The event will feature paintings, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, stained glass and assorted crafts, said Phyllis Hoedt, co-chair of the event, which is sponsored by the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Women's Club and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.

Rix, a former visual designer for the defunct Maas Brothers department stores, took her first pottery classes about 24 years ago to relax. She now takes classes in San Antonio to learn more about finishes and be with others who enjoy the art.

"I find potters pretty cool, giving people," said Rix, 63, who lives in Lutz with her husband, Steve, 73, who helps her with shows.

The couple, who celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary Monday, built the studio in the back of their home in 2006.

She spends two to three days a week there making lanterns, orchids pots, vases, plates and other pieces, which sell from $15 to $120. Ornaments are $5; her best sellers are orchid pots between $22 and $30, and lanterns for $60 to $65.

Each piece is different and she likes to experiment with glazes and patterns.

"You wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about it. And you say, 'I could do this; I could do that,' " said Rix, whose maiden name was Kuhn. She grew up in Hillsborough County beside Lake Keystone.

She said this is her second year in the Lutz show. Said her husband: "A lot of people come and it is a nice crowd."

Hoedt said up to 30,000 guests attend the event each year. It began at the Old Lutz Schoolhouse and is a fundraiser for the club's community service projects.

"They just keep coming back; we have a lot of variety," Hoedt said.

In addition to the art and crafts, the event will feature food. The women's club will sell hot dogs and Boy Scouts will have dessert. Other vendors will offer sausages, Cuban sandwiches, gourmet coffee and other items.

Other vendors will offer sausages, Cuban sandwiches, gourmet coffee and other items.

If you go

WHAT 33rd Annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival, with more than 250 exhibitors and food vendors

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Dec. 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway

ADMISSION: Free but a $2 per vehicle entrance fee to the park

INFORMATION: Call (813) 949-1937

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