WNC Pottery Festival

November 2nd 2019 10am-5pm

The 2019 festival will be moving to Sylva, NC due to an upcoming DOT project. The new festival site is a short 1.5 mile drive away and we can’t wait to show you!

The festival will go on rain or shine.

Join us for our 15th annual festival!

This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques.

Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by several thousand aficionados of pottery.


Come out for the 2018 Clay Olympics on Friday November 2 from 1-3pm outside Treehouse Pottery

Witness the battle for ceramic supremacy!

Progress during the widest bowl competition

Progress during the widest bowl competition

Delfield Edges Reinert in 2013 WNC Clay Olympics

In the closest battle in WNC Clay Olympics history, Elise Delfield of Pincu Pottery in Bryson City, N.C., emerged victorious in the 2013 competition.

Delfield edged perennial contender Jim Reinert of Reinert Pottery in Owosso, Mich., in a two-person throw off for overall champion. The event took place Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro, N.C.

Delfield used 10 pounds of clay to create the largest bottle in the seven-minute throw off. She also captured top honors in the widest bowl event, with a bowl measuring 17.5 inches in diameter.

Reinert, who won three straight WNC Clay Olympics titles from 2009-2011, captured first place in the blindfolded competiton with a 10-inch cylinder.

Meanwhile, Tom Seelos of Marietta, Ga., took first-place honors in the tallest cylinder competition. His cylinder measured 16.5 inches.

The Olympics were added to the WNC Pottery Festival in 2009 and have become an important part of the festivities. This old-fashioned "throw down" is open to the first 20 potters who register by Oct. 1.

The contestants compete in three categories: (1) Largest cylinder out of five pounds clay; (2) Widest bowl out of five pounds clay; and (3) Blind-folded two-pound, two-minute throwing contest.

Contestants line up four at a time and battle against each other. The competition is sponsored by Stone Mountain Clay of Atlanta, Ga. Stone Mountain provides clay for the games (and all show demonstrations).

Most potters spend endless hours in the privacy of their studios. Competing on a stage in front of a crowd is a new experience, The games bring potters and fans together for a fun and personal experience that is unique and loved by both the potters and the audience alike.”
— Travis Berning