Annual Potters Market all set

SPRUCE PINE – The 13th annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is all set to take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross St. in Spruce Pine. This annual event features more than 30 potters from Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties, and this year the Market is inviting three guest potters.

Admission is free.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique opportunity to meet many of the diverse potters of the high-country region as well as to see the variety of their work in one location. The Market showcases the diversity of ceramics being made in Mitchell and Yancey counties. From table settings to display pieces and sculptures, the range of objects presented is just as wide as the styles represented.

All potters will be present at the event for conversation, discussion and general comradery. A lunch and refreshments provided by FRESH Wood Fired Pizza will be on sale each day.

Special to this year’s roster of participant potters are three invited artists: Kyle Carpenter, Ronan Peterson and Donna Polseno.

Carpenter, of Asheville, brings practiced expertise in drawing to his pottery. 

Peterson, of Durham, is the proprietor of Nine Toes Pottery and grew up near Spruce Pine in the Poplar community. 

“With my ceramic vessels, I hope to create a comic book interpretation of the natural world with a focus on the rocks and trees and their role in the perpetual organic comedy of growth and decay,” he said.

Polseno, from Floyd, Virginia, has a long career as a studio potter. 

“I have made many different types of pottery over my career, but have always been interested in the way decorative elements can be used to enhance a form, whether one is using an elaborate pattern or the simplest marks, Polseno said. “The decorative elements of my work are influenced by the natural world. I was brought up always to notice and take joy in nature.”

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is an affiliate of the Toe River Arts Council and is organized and managed by its participants. The collaborative nature of the event is an indicator of both the camaraderie and the strong ceramics community in the two-county region.

While admission to the Potters Market is free, all visitors are encouraged to join the potters in supporting local nonprofits by purchasing raffle tickets on the days of the show. Fifty-percent of the proceeds from the raffle will be distributed to support the missions of Mitchell County Shepard’s Staff and the Dig-in Community Garden in Yancey County. Potters donating in 2019 are Teresa Pietsch, Susan Feagin, Valerie Schnaufer and Jenny Lou Sherburne.

The MItchell News

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