November 1-2, 2013
The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival returns to Dillsboro with 45 master potters from 17 state. Dillsboro is about 50 miles west of Asheville, next door to Sylva.
"What started as a local pottery event has blossomed into a national show featuring some of the best potters in America," said festival organizer Joe Frank McKee of Dillsboro's Tree House Pottery. "These artists love our show because of the fall scenery, the great customers who come year after year, and the hospitality of everybody in Western North Carolina."
The main portion of the festival is Saturday, with potters manning their booths along Front Street and demonstrations on-going throughout the day. All festival attendees receive a ticket for a day-long raffle, while a silent auction has been added this year to benefit a local organization that provides meals to needy families.
Pre-festival excitement takes place Friday from 1-5 p.m. with the third annual WNC Clay Olympics competition, featuring a field of 20 potters from the festival. Also Friday is the firing of the wood-fired kiln, plus the opportunity to buy pottery tools and equipment at discount prices from Shimpo Ceramics of Chicago. Stone Mountain Clay and Glaze of Tucker, Ga., will also be on hand Friday selling clay and glaze products.
Saturday's festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $3 per person, with children under the age of 12 admitted free.
For festival info, call (828) 631-5100, or visit: www.wncpotteryfestival.com.