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WNC Pottery Fest

WNC Pottery Festival and Throwdown in Jackson County, N.C.


One of the South’s top arts events returns Nov. 7 for the 11th annual celebration.


JACKSON COUNTY, NC (August XX, 2015) – The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival celebrates its 11th year this November with a special recognition. The festival, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 7, has been named one of the Southeast's Top 20 Arts Events for November by the Southeast Tourism Society. This recognition was earned by evolving from humble beginnings into a juried event that showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques.


"It has been an honor to host the WNC Pottery Festival, get to know our amazing talent and watch the festival develop over the past eleven years,” said festival organizer Brant Barnes of Dillsboro's Riverwood Pottery. "What we have now is an intimate show featuring master potters from all over the Eastern United States and an overall fun and exciting environment for friends and family.”


Each year the festival showcases a featured potter and for the 11th year, organizers will feature Sarah Wells Roland of Asheville, N.C. Roland will demonstrate her techniques throughout the day, along with several other exhibiting potters.


Roland, a 30-year veteran clay artist, studied ceramics at Haywood Technical College and was taught by her Master Instructor, Gary Clontz. Rolland’s work has been featured in galleries across the country and opened a collective studio, The Village Potters, in 2011.


Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. All attendees receive a ticket for a day-long raffle, while a silent auction benefits a local charity that provides meals to families. For those wishing to make a weekend of it, the seventh annual WNC Clay Olympics competition runs from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. It pits 20 potters against one another to see who can make the largest cylinder, widest bowl, etc. For more information on where to stay in Jackson County, N.C., visit


Admission to Saturday’s festival is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. For festival info, call (828) 631-5100, or visit


About Jackson County:

Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire are the distinct locales that make up Western North Carolina's Jackson County, a place of lofty peaks, rushing water and spectacular scenery. Each of these Blue Ridge Mountain towns provide rich natural beauty that invites visitors to experience the idyllic North Carolina Mountains. Explore miles of hiking trails surrounded by unspoiled forests or discover the area’s shopping, dining, culture, and hometown atmosphere. Experience the thrill of river rafting and tubing or the more laid back adventures of fly fishing, boating, golf, or a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information visit,