November 1-2, 2013
Many guests of our Asheville luxury cabins notice the strong presence of pottery and ceramics in Western North Carolina’s arts and crafts scene.
There’s even the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival in Dillsboro, coming up this year Nov. 1-2.
Why so much pottery?
According to Western Carolina’ University’s “Craft Revival” website, the rich clay deposits scattered throughout the mountains made this region’s one of the most prolific pottery producers in the country in the 1800s.
This was before the era of modern packaging, and the creative class that has made the mountains their home since then now carries on the tradition.
That tradition is on display at the juried Pottery Festival, which includes exhibits by about 40 of the most highly regarded potters in the region, as well as hands-on demonstrations in raku-firing, throwing, wood-firing and horsehair firing.
The event has also become known for the Clay Olympics, in which artists compete against each other in three events: Largest cylinder out of five pounds clay; Widest bowl out of five pounds clay; and Blind-folded two-pound, two-minute throwing contest.
That’s right, blind-folded pottery making.
The quaint mountain hamlet of Dillsboro hosts this event. Located at the confluence of Scott Creek and the Tuckasegee River, this great little town is an easy day trip from our Asheville resort.
Early November is peak leaf season, so the drive will be spectacular and you will find plenty of sightseeing opportunities in the area, including the Blue Ridge Parkway.