Anyone who knows me or has been reading this blog for a while understands that I have a passion for Catawba Valley Pottery which I discovered and started collecting shortly after moving to Lake Norman in 2005. So, the thought of being able to learn how to create pottery using this local tradition as a foundation and by an exceptionally talented artist like Kim Ellington is, well, exciting to say the least!
In keeping with Catawba Valley’s pottery traditions, the Potters’ Workshop will be held, according to Kim, in “a fantastic 5000 sq ft facility…that now provides a natural, creative environment located in the midst of the historical Catawba Valley pottery making community….The equipment for the Potters’ Workshop was purchase using donations from individuals in the local community, furniture was built on site from local timber, pots are made using North Carolina clay, inspiration and influence is provided by the local Catawba Valley pottery tradition.” One exceptional treat in the upcoming series beginning on July 11th is a wood firing in the Hart Square groundhog kiln!
There are many wonderful books already in print about North Carolina Pottery and even Catawba Valley Pottery. One favorite of mine, which features Kim Ellington, is The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery.