Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival. 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.
The Festival is a juried event, and will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, 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; with contemporary potters selling items ranging from coffee mugs to amazing works of art.
Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest.
The CVP&AF is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba County Historical Association 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. The primary fundraiser 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 must be purchased in advance.
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.