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.

2018 Featured Potter

Judy Brater

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I grew up influenced by family artists . Art has been my purpose in life , my chosen vocation . I received my formal education from the University of Cincinnati where I studied painting and ceramics .
For 46 years , I have been developing my craft . Creativity is inspired by my natural surroundings . When I pass on a piece that I have created to a customer who years later will tell me they are still enjoying the piece they acquired , my life is worth every minute I spend in clay !

How I make vessels
. Slab or shell thrown forms including vases and bowls
. Leather hard surface is decorated by carving , incising , and stamping
. Coils are placed individually on the leather hard rim to form a collar
. No mold or templates are used for added designs - all free hand
. Hand painted glazes and fired to Cone 6 in an electric kiln