Piedmont Pottery Festival

Historic Brattonsville to host 10th annual Piedmont Pottery Festival

McCONNELLS, SC - The South’s rich pottery heritage will be celebrated at Historic Brattonsville on Saturday, September 27 during the Piedmont Pottery Festival. Twenty-five of the best traditional potters from the Carolinas and Georgia will be on the grounds with live demonstrations of time-honored methods. Noted scholars will be sharing the regional history of pottery - Dr. Stephen Criswell, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at USC Lancaster, will speak on contemporary Catawba Indian pottery and Jason Harpe, Historic Preservation consultant, will speak on different pottery regions in NC. A unique selection of traditional wheel-thrown and hand-built, functional and decorative works in clay will be available for purchase and visitors will also have a chance to win free pottery. The Piedmont Pottery Festival will include ongoing demonstrations in historic cooking and preserving methods using crocks. Visitors of all ages can participate in hands-on activities involving clay and mud - including daubing the backwoods cabin and making bricks.

Outstanding regional barbecue by Gardner’s BBQ, Hash & Fresh Country Sausage will be available for purchase (weather permitting). For more information about Gardner’s, please visit their website at www.gardnersbbqhash.com.

The Piedmont Pottery Festival at Historic Brattonsville runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: Adults - $6, Seniors - $5, Youth (ages 4-17) - $3, FREE to CHM members and children age 3 and younger.

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road in McConnells, SC. For more information, visit www.chmuseums.org or call 803/684-2327