Western NC Pottery Festival, Dillsboro

Western NC Pottery Festival, Dillsboro

November 4, 2017
The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival returns to Dillsboro with 40+ master potters from 17 states. Dillsboro is a charming arts and crafts village, located about 50 miles west of Asheville, next door to Sylva in Jackson County. This juried show has been named one of the Southeast's top 20 arts events for November by the Southeast Tourism Society. A bonus is the fall color show!

WNC Pottery Festival Dillsboro

Dillsboro’s charming Front Street will be lined with tents featuring some of the 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, all potters compete for slots. See a national representation of potters from New York to Texas to Nebraska at this six hour show.

Every 30 minutes, watch throwing and firing demonstrations. On the Friday before the festival, 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. It will be held outside Tree House Pottery from 1 to 3 PM.

Western NC Pottery Festival Dillsboro

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. 

While you are in town, check out the nearby Jackson County Green Energy Art Studios. Also check out the Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries. Read more about Dillsboro.

For festival info, call 828-631-5100, or go to www.wncpotteryfestival.com.

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