1. This is the 6th year
Lincoln Cultural Center Executive Director Cathy Davis helped start the annual Mid-Year Pottery Market as a way to celebrate and acknowledge the history of pottery in Lincoln County. Davis said areas like Hickory and Shelby already had big shows, and she thought it was something Lincoln County residents would appreciate.
2. There are several pottery styles
You’ll find anything from traditional Catawba Valley Pottery, defined by its groundhog wood-fired kiln technique, to more modern utilitarian pieces that can be used in the kitchen, Davis said. Other local artists will have pots, face jugs, figurines and more for sale. Prices start around $10 and increase depending upon the level of detail.
3. It’s a two-day event
The Mid-Year Pottery Market is 5-9 p.m. on Friday, July 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton. On Friday there will be live music performed by “Rocky Mountain Music Company” and students who’ve been taking guitar lessons at the cultural center. There will also be wine tastings by Cherryville-based Fiddler’s Vineyard and refreshments. Saturday morning Donut Hut, a specialty doughnut food truck, will be parked outside serving made-to-order treats.
4. You could win a piece of pottery
The event will end with a raffle for a piece of Burlon Craig pottery, and raffle tickets cost $3 per entry or $5 for three. The winner will be announced around 3 p.m. July 14. Davis said the piece was sold to the Cultural Center by a collector, and it’s one you can tell is an older original piece because it’s signed “BC” and “Henry, NC.” Henry is now a part of Vale, and Craig’s later works all said Vale, Davis explained. Craig is one of the area’s most famous Catawba Valley potters who revived the style back in the mid- to late- 1900s with his signature face jugs.