• Customers peruse the pieces of art at a previous Spruce Pine Potters Market. (Submitted photo)
    Customers peruse the pieces of art at a previous Spruce Pine Potters Market. (Submitted photo)

Potters Market is one of NC’s premier ceramics venues

The 12th annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct 14, in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross St. in Spruce Pine.

A favorite event for many who appreciate fine craft, the Spruce Pine Potters Market is an annual weekend sale in the mountains of North Carolina, happening during the height of the fall season.

Including the work of local artists with important national reputations, this invitational market showcases the diversity of ceramics made in Mitchell and Yancey counties. From table settings to display pieces and sculpture, the range of objects presented is just as wide as the styles represented.

For pottery collectors and ceramic enthusiasts who attend the event, there is a specialness to bringing unique handmade objects into one’s home. In addition to decorative ceramic works, utilitarian pottery such as bowls, platters, mugs, and tumblers can be “works of art that are integrated into our daily living,” said exhibiting artist Suze Lindsay. She adds, “I envision functional pottery not only concerning straightforward usefulness but also, its ability to invite the user to take pleasure in everyday activities, inviting participation, promoting hospitality.”

In North Carolina, there is broad support of handmade ceramics – vessels and sculpture – as a living tradition. Today, the thriving arts industry of Western North Carolina is driving the creative economy, providing jobs, growing tourism and attracting new artists to relocate to the region. The creative sector of WNC has 41.7 percent more sales of artwork than the state average, according to the Western North Carolina Vitality Index.

The event showcases 30 artists: Stanley Andersen, William Baker, Pam Brewer, Cynthia

Bringle, Melisa Cadell, Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt (Bandana Pottery), Claudia Dunaway, Jon Ellenbogen and Becky Plummer (Barking Spider Pottery), Susan Feagin, Terry Gess, Shawn Ireland, Lisa Joerling, Nick Joerling, Michael Kline, Suze Lindsay, Shaunna Lyons, Courtney Martin, Kent McLaughlin, Teresa Pietsch, David Ross, Michael Rutkowsky, Valerie Schnaufer, Ken and Galen Sedberry, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Ron Slagle, Gay Smith and Liz Summerfield.

Admission to the Potters Market is free, but visitors are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a piece made by one of this year’s raffle artists – Cristina Córdova, Terry Gess, Ron Slagle and Bandana Pottery (Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt). A portion of the raffle proceeds will benefit the Fund for Mitchell County, an affiliate of the Community Fund of Western NC.

Food will be available for purchase from this year’s vendor, Fresh Wood Fired Pizza.

The MItchell News

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