November 6, 2021
The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival returns to Sylva again in 2021: Bridge Park in Sylva (88 Railroad Avenue). Typically held in downtown Dillsboro, the festival had to move a few miles due to road construction. This juried show with 40 master potters from 16 states has been named one of the Southeast's top 20 arts events for November by the Southeast Tourism Society. It's located about 50 miles west of Asheville.
A must for aficionados of pottery, this festival features some of best handmade pottery in the country, ranging from glazed sculptural tree forms to mixed media pottery made of clay, reed, and wood. In this juried event, potters compete for these coveted slots.
Every 30 minutes, watch throwing and firing demonstrations. On the Friday before the festival, 1-3 PM, watch potters compete in the Clay Olympics, an old-fashioned “throw down” to see who can make the largest cylinder and the widest bowl from five pounds of clay in five minutes; who can throw the best creation from two pounds of clay in two minutes while blind-folded; and a surprise event that will not be revealed to the participants until the start of the games.
Admission to the WNC Pottery Festival is $5 per person and includes a ticket for a day-long raffle. Children under 12 are admitted free. Hours are 10 AM until 5 PM, rain or shine.
Read more about Sylva things to do - including a fantastic Main Street near the festival with many shops, restaurants, and breweries. While you are in town, check out the nearby Jackson County Green Energy Art Studios.
For more festival info, go to the Jackson County Website.