One of your first stops in the River Arts District near downtown Asheville and Biltmore should be The Village Potters, home to six very accomplished artists. Most days, you'll see at least one of them at work in the large studio that is open to visitors. Watch them at work and find out more about their process. Also, browse three galleries with their fine, contemporary ceramic art and for sale. The Village Potters Teaching Center offers a variety of workshops and classes. Get your hands dirty with their new "Create Your Own Workshop" when you can arrange a private hands-on lesson and be a potter for an afternoon. Click here to visit their website.
The Village Potters are Melanie Robertson, Judi Harwood, Dearing Davis, Sarah Wells Rolland, Karen Dubois and Lori Theriault. Their three showrooms feature their diverse work as well as a select few exclusive regional artists. The Main Gallery features groupings of work by each of The Village Potters. The Feature Gallery showcases changing themes of work, like a recent “Dinnerware and Accessories” show. The Spotlight Gallery features exquisite large works by The Village Potters, with exhibits changing quarterly.
Pottery instructor Melanie Robertson teaches a "Get Your Hands Dirty" lesson for two.
Private Lessons: Get Your Hands Dirty!
If you are intrigued with pottery and looking for a very unique and memorable outing with your loved one or friends, check out their “Create Your Own Workshop”. Sign up for a two-hour fun session with a potter and create a piece of art or two that you can take home (after it is fired). No experience needed. What a great souvenir! Give them a call to pick a date. Cost is $75/person for 2 or more people (or $95 for just one person). If you have a group, check with them about rates. Go to their website for more details.
The Village Potters is located at Riverview Station (next to 310 Art) in Asheville’s River Arts District at:
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801
(2.5 miles from Biltmore Estate, 2 miles from downtown Asheville)
They are open on Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM (except closing at 4 PM in the winter months). They close for about two weeks for Christmas.
Click here to visit their website.
Watch master potters like Sarah Wells Rolland at work