If you have followed my Lake Norman Real Estate blog for a while you will already know that I am an AVID North Carolina Pottery collector; especially the unique face jugs made in the Catawba Valley. I have written about kiln sales, Burlon Craig and the fascinating history of face jugs and renowned potters like Kim Ellington, Ben Owen III, Charles Lisk, Steve Abee, AV Smith, Joe Reinhardt and Don Craig.
Two years ago, I learned the scoop about a huge pottery festival in Hickory where, I was told, if I got in line really early in the afternoon for the Preview Party on Friday evening I might actually get to buy a Charles Lisk Face Jug from Charlie himself! I got there about 3:00 and was one of the first 30 or so to get in line. My prize was this Blue Charles Lisk Face Jug:
Last year, my kind son and I decided to make a day of it and arrived at 9:00 a.m. We were one of the first 5 in line and had a great time getting to know all of the other avid collectors crazy enough to get in line that early. It ended up that I was first in line for Charlie Lisk and my son went straight to Steve Abee. We came home with some beautiful pieces!
Well, this weekend it is your turn!
The 11th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival is this Friday and Saturday, March 21 & 22. Located at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, this event will feature an incredible number of my favorite potters as well as antique dealers who will offer old collectible pottery from such masters as Burlon Craig and the Reinhardt family.
Unfortunately, I believe it is too late to get tickets for the Friday evening Preview Party as tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Dr. Huffman, Pottery Festival Chariman at 828.322.3943. The cost is $40 per person.
I am not able to attend as I have buyers coming in to town to look at waterfront homes on Lake Norman but look for me in line next year!
Saturday, the doors open at 9:00a.m. and tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children under 12. While some of the most popular potters may sell out on Friday evening, there will still be a great selection of pottery from all over the state on Saturday.
Have fun and send me photos of what you buy!