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 2019 event marks the 22nd anniversary of the festival! You won’t want to miss out on this upcoming year’s CVPAF.