Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival
When: Fourth Saturday in March (March 25, 2017)
Where: Hickory Metro Convention Center
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The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival began in 1998. Its goal was, and continues to be, showcasing the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Since most potters utilize wood-fired kilns at home sites, information about sales was tenuous, with customers relying on word-of-mouth or post cards. The CVP&AF provided an annual sale where pottery made in Catawba Valley could 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, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.
Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest. The 2017 event marks the 20th anniversary of the festival! You won't want to miss out on this upcoming year's CVPAF.
Friday Night Preview Party
The primary fund-raiser is the Friday Night Preview Party, which offers guests an early buying opportunity, along with a Southern supper, cash bar, and live music. It is held on March 24, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. The cost per ticket are $45.00 each which includes admission into the Saturday festival day as well. Purchase tickets through the link above or download an order form, include a check or money order, and mail it to: CVPAF/Party P.O. Box 2583 Hickory, NC 28603.
The CVP&AF is a non-profit event benefiting 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 years.