One of your first stops in the River Arts District near downtown Asheville and Biltmore should be The Village Potters Clay Center. Meet the artists and take a peek into their teaching studios. Browse galleries with their fine, contemporary ceramic art for sale. They are also a pottery teaching center, so sign up for clay classes.
The Village Potters are Sarah Wells Rolland, Judi Harwood, Melanie Robertson, Lori Theriault, Julis Mann and Christine Henry. They comprise an intentional collective of professional potters who share a commitment to inspire a passion for ceramic art and nurture creative exploration through education, experience, relationships and community. Riverview Station is also home to many other artists to visit. The gallery is open every day of the week.
The Teaching Center offers ongoing clay classes in wheel and hand building for adults, an Advanced Ceramics Program, master workshops, scheduled demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Also take specialty classes in sculpture, surface design and jewelry making for the beginning and intermediate student. See upcoming classes on their website.
- The Master Series Workshops are 1-2 day demonstration workshops designed for potters at all levels. Learn techniques, approaches, and experiences from a master potter.
- The Best of Western North Carolina Intensive Workshops are highly interactive, hands on workshops ranging from 1 day to 2 weeks, depending on focus.
- The Get Your Hands Dirty Large Group Workshops are perfect for large family experiences, leadership or team-building projects, wedding bachelorette parties, tour groups and more.
The Village Potters is an educational member of The Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands, and is an official distributor for Laguna Clays.
Getting married? Work directly with one of The Village Potters to design a very personal list of handmade dinnerware, service ware, decorative pieces and accessories for your wedding registry. Also create a registry for a big birthday, anniversary, graduation or new home. Click here to visit their website.
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)
Riverview Station is home to 30+ other artists, so stroll through the rest of the building. Local's favorites 12 Bones BBQ restaurant and Wedge Brewery are behind Village Potters.
They are open on Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM (except closing at 4 PM in the winter months). Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. They close for about two weeks for Christmas.
Click here to visit their website.
Watch master potters like Sarah Wells Rolland at work