Thursday, October 10, 2013

Local potters on display Saturday at festival

If buying local goods is important to you, carve out an hour or so Saturday. Carolina Clay Matters Fall Pottery Festival will be back at McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 60 artists from the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild will sell decorative and food-safe ceramics on the grounds of the former dairy farm. (Doris Landrum created the piece shown above.)

The twice-yearly event draws a good crowd in May, but the fall show is even bigger, said membership secretary Rae Stark.
“We have a lot of people who do their holiday shopping,” Stark said.
Potters tend to work alone in a studio or at home. The 150-member guild has helped them become a closer community.

The group’s next meeting will be at noon Nov. 17 at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ceramics Studio, where Shane Mickey will lead a workshop. The studio is in the Central Campus’ Center for Arts Technology (on East Fourth Street next to the student parking garage.)
“Our guild has helped to create and build interest in pottery,” Stark said. “We also have a community of consumers in the Charlotte area who appreciate handmade pottery.”
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