Annual East Carolina Pottery Festival comes to Tryon Palace


The 7th Annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will be held on Saturday, April 11 inside the North Carolina History Center in downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Over 50 local potters will gather at the North Carolina History Center to exhibit and sell their pottery, as well as, demonstrate throwing and building techniques. 

Well known potters like Candace Young, Carole McCracken, Misty Lupton, Jim Bisbee, Shelly Mathiot, Nancy Newman, Alessandro Cagiati, Mark Bunch, Melanie Waters, Kathy Whitley, Gloria Hodgert, Milton Bland, Brian Evans, Marty Freeman, and many more, will display their unique talents in clay.  Many new potters from Wilmington, Washington, Ocracoke, Pinkhill, and Goldsboro will share their exquisite treasures this year.  

Carolyn Sleeper will create her whimsical masterpieces as you watch.  Carolyn Curran will have you asking “how can she possibly make pots so tiny?”  On the other hand, Scott Haynes and Brent Wheelwright will leave you wondering “how can they make pots so large?”  Ben Watford’s face jugs will put a smile on your face, and Rich Daniels’ new series of face masks are sure to stir your tribal feelings. 

The East Carolina Pottery Festival will be open from 9-5 p.m. and is sure to be a great time for everyone who loves pottery in a beautiful historic setting. For details, contact Rich Daniels, (252) 224-1446.