The North Carolina Pottery Center will have an informational and bookshop booth again this year at the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival in Hickory, NC, on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2016.
The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba
County Historical Association in Newton, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $500,000 has been donated to the institutions over the years.
The primary fund-raiser is the Friday night preview party, which offers guests an early buying opportunity, along with a Southern supper. Purchase tickets ($45) to the Friday evening "Preview Party" event by going to www.catawbavalleypotteryfestival.org. Tickets ($6) to the Saturday Festival may be purchased on site the day of the event.
The CVP&AF began in 1998. Its goal was, and continues to be, showcasing the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Since most potters utilize wood-fired kilns at home sites, information about sales was tenuous, with customers relying on word-of-mouth or post cards. The CVP&AF provided an annual sale where pottery made in Catawba Valley could be purchased. Over the years, development and growth have allowed the Festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.
Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest. This year's Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival lecture will be highlighting the "Art of Swirl-ware".