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Get Fired Up Over Clay at the WNC Pottery Festival!

October 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

WNC Pottery Festival 2016The 12th annual WNC Pottery Festival, planned for November 5th, 2016, brings 40 master potters and more to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

If you’re a fan of handmade ceramics, then you do not want to miss the WNC Pottery Festival! Thousands of folks come from all over the country to view this juried event.

40 master potters from 13 states will showcase their masterpieces in fired clay. Hand-built, hand-thrown, raku, wood-fired, and other clay work techniques, finishes, and forms will be on display.

One of the best aspects of potters, like painters and sculptors, is that they develop their own styles and technique. This provides a fascinating diversity at shows that exhibit more than one artist.

Artists at the WNC Pottery Festival display fresh and original work utilizing a variety of techniques, finishes, and styles. This broad range guarantees not only a diverse and unique show but also more appeal for the audience.

The featured potter for this year’s Western North Carolina Pottery Festival is Mark Skudlarek. Other artists will include Beer Chunhaswasdikul, Neil Estrick, Courtney Tomchik, Joey Sheehan, and Bruce Johnson, to name just a few.

Beyond the incredible art on hand, attendees of the festival will also be treated to various demonstrations on a variety of techniques. You will also want to attend the 2016 Clay Olympics, if you can.

The Clay Olympics are a one-of-a-kind event involves 20 potters competing head to head, four at a time. The three Clay Olympics categories are:

Largest cylinder out of five pounds clay
Widest bowl out of five pounds clay
Blindfolded, two-pound, two-minute throwing contest

It’s an unusual display and one of the most popular parts of the festival! The Clay Olympics are scheduled for Friday, November 4th, from 1-3pm outside Treehouse Pottery.

WNC Pottery Festival 2016

November 5th, 10am-4pm
Front Street, Dillsboro NC 28725

WNC Pottery Festival Lodging
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