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Pots on the Green

by Ashley Stewart

All artists pour their hearts into their craft. Whether it’s a priceless oil painting or a delicate piece of jewelry, each piece is imbued with the soul of its creator. This is especially true about potters.

There’s something almost biblical about making things out of clay. Ceramics is an incredible art form that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. On June 22 and 23, come by the Village Green and experience the world of pottery for yourself at the third annual Pots on the Green, a ceramic art show.

The show highlights the talent of 16 artists from all across Western North Carolina. The Guest of Honor this year is Cynthia Bringle from Penland School. Considered by many to be the Matriarch of Clay, Bringle has been making beautiful, functional pieces since the seventies. Not only is her work found in many a kitchen cabinet, it’s also featured in several private collections and museums.

Other artists include Kyle Carpenter, Gay Smith, Jim and Sheril Parmentier, Frank Vickery from The Bascom, Akira Sataki, Mary Thompson, Maria Andrade Troya, Travis Burning, Joe McKee, Joey Sheehan, Barry Greg, Alysha Baier, Samantha Oliver, and our very own Justin Allman. You’ll also see the work of Heather May Erickson and her students at Western Carolina University. There will be artist demonstrations throughout both days so you can see how your favorite piece was made.

On Friday, June 21, there will be a wine and cheese artist reception and art preview from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Village Green office and Firemoss Pottery. Guests have the opportunity to see the art before anyone else and talk to the artists. The Festival is from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call Ann Self at the Village Green at (828) 743-3434, or Justin Allman at FireMoss Pottery at (239) 331-0054.

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