Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival

The Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival - one of the three pottery producing areas in North Carolina - is celebrating it's 20th anniversary on March 25, 2017.  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary the Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival will take place March 25, 2017, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC, 9AM – 5PM.

The Festival began 20 years ago to showcase Catawba Valley alkaline-glazed stoneware that was continuing to be made by local potters.  Catawba Valley is one of three pottery producing areas in our state.  Because our potters were using wood-fired kilns, it was available for sale in large quantities at odd times.  Marketing was by word-of-mouth - not the best approach.  The original Festival goal was to provide a place once a year where Catawba Valley pottery could be purchased.

Over the years the Festival expanded to 110 vendors from the South selling old and new pottery, antiques, textiles, and folk art.  However, the vendor list includes the best working traditional potters in the South making vessels for everyday use and for beauty and for fun.

Education has always been an important focus of the Festival.  Because the two non-profits we support, the Historical Association of Catawba County and the North Carolina Pottery Center, are engaged in teaching history, each Festival has an exhibit on a designated topic and a lecture on an associated topic. This year the exhibit is titled "Twenty Classic Catawba Valley Pots" organized by Dr. Charles Zug.  The lecturer is local potter Kim Ellington speaking about his introduction to the local pottery and what it means to a working potter. 

The Saturday exhibit and lecture are part of the admission fee of $6 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. The lecture is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday.  Demonstrations and videos are also available.