Western North Carolina Pottery Festival heated up winter weather


Western North Carolina Pottery Festival

In spite of bitter cold and snow, organizers, vendors and Dillsboro merchants alike characterized the 10th Annual WNC Pottery Festival, held Nov. 1 in downtown Dillsboro, a success.

Visitors and potters alike braved the below freezing temperatures and snow flurries all in the name of pottery, “The weather didn’t deter me from coming to the Pottery Festival.” said Maggie Thomas, from Asheville, NC, and a fourth year returning veteran of the festival. “We wondered if they would cancel, but they said rain or shine, so I figured snow would be okay, too!”

Vendors were impressed by the turn out, and happy with the amount of work sold, festival organizers reported. “Thousands attend the festival, from all over. We’ve had people from pretty much the whole East Coast all the way to Texas and Minnesota,” said Joe Frank McKee, co-owner of Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro and co-founder, with business partner Travis Berning, of the WNC Pottery Festival.

Dillsboro merchants also benefitted from the festival traffic. “I haven’t noticed much of a difference in turnout from the previous years. If anything, more people are visiting my shop to get warm and look around,” said Shirley Simpson, owner of Shirley’s Boutique.

The Southeast Tourism Society has named the WNC Pottery Festival one of the Southeast’s top 20 art events. Approximately 40 of the best potters from around the country demonstrate and sell their wares during the annual event.

For more information about the WNC Pottery Festival please call (828) 631-5100 or go to www.wncpotteryfestival.com.

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