annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival. Its goal is to showcase the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Historically most potters utilized wood-fired kilns at home sites and relied on word-of-mouth sales. Thus the CVP&AF provides an annual sale where pottery made in Catawba Valley can be purchased. Over the years, development and growth have allowed the Festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques and providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.
The Festival is a juried event, and will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC.
and vendors will offer their wares and antiques. Items include historical pottery, textiles, baskets, furniture and miniature items. Contemporary potters will sell items ranging from coffee mugs to amazing works of art.
The CVP&AF is a non-profit event which benefits the Historical Association of Catawba County in Newton, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $500,000 has been donated to the institutions over the past 20+ years.
Included in the weekend is the Friday Night Preview Party, which offers guests an early buying opportunity, live music, a chance at a $200 shopping spree at the Festival, two complimentary drinks, a cash bar, and tables of Southern fare. The Friday Night Preview Party is held on March 27th from 7 pm - 10 pm. Tickets, which include Saturday admission, are $45 each and must be purchased in advance. Deadline to purchase Preview Party tickets is March 20, 2020.
The Saturday festival includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest.
The Saturday Festival runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm, on March 28. Tickets are purchased at the door and are $6.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12.