Piedmont Pottery Festival

September 18, 2013
Media contact: Windy Cole

“Piedmont Pottery Festival”
Historic Brattonsville

McConnells, SC – Celebrate the South’s rich pottery heritage at the 9th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival at Historic Brattonsville on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Many of the best traditional potters from the Carolinas and Georgia will have booths set up on the grounds. Potters will be available to discuss their works and to answer questions as to the inspiration, use and care of their one-of-a-kind creations. Observe pottery demonstrations and listen to experts in the field share their knowledge on traditional Piedmont potters, their techniques and traditions.

Jason Harpe, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Historical Association and Lincoln County Museum of History in Lincolnton, NC will do a presentation and book signing at 11:30 am on Valley Ablaze: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley. Valley Ablaze examines the work of both early and contemporary Catawba Valley potters. The tradition of pottery making in the Catawba Valley dates back over two centuries, to a time when artisans made pots out of necessity. While times have changed, many contemporary potters continue to embrace the time-honored methods and knowledge which has passed down from generation to generation. Harpe co-authored Valley Ablaze with Brian Dedmond.

At 1:00 pm, Dr. Stephen Criswell, director of Native American studies at USC-Lancaster will present a session on Catawba Indian Pottery. Criswell is a founding member of the South Carolina Traditional Arts Network, the former editor of Folklore in the Carolinas, a former board member of the North Carolina Folklore Society, and a member of the Southern Arts Federation's Traditional Arts Advisory Board.

Come prepared to be inspired, learn pottery facts from acclaimed researchers and add to your own personal pottery collection. Plan to stay the day and feast on regional barbecue that will be available for purchase. Interpreters will be on site for tours of Historic Brattonsville structures and will also be demonstrating brick making techniques. Children can participate in hands-on activities, as well.

COST Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; Youth ages 4-17, $3; ages 3 and younger Free. CHM members, FREE. For more information on Historic Brattonsville and directions, visit www.chmuseums.org.