The spring pottery sale will be Saturday, April 27th, from 10am until 4pm at the studio. I’ll unload the gas kiln at 11am, and we’ll have snacks and refreshments. If the weather is nice, musicians will most likely gather outside to play some music during the day. We hope to see you there!

2018 Holiday Sale and Kiln Opening

Saturday, December 8th


The annual Holiday Sale and Kiln Opening is coming up on Saturday, December 8th. The shop will be open from 10am until 4pm, and we will have hot cider and snacks. Tyson will unload the kiln at 11am. We hope to see you there! For more information, or to share the event on Facebook, click here.

2018 Little Mountain Festival Poster

2018 Little Mountain Festival Poster

About the Little Mountain Festival:

In 1973, Claude and Elaine Graves founded Little Mountain Pottery in rural Polk County, NC. They converted a historic country store building into their studio and gallery, built their home in the woods, and started their journey in ceramics that would span over 40 years. Every October, the Graves would host an open house and kiln opening at their studio. The event gradually grew to include various guest artists and musical performances. Claude would unload the kiln and discuss his work with a crowd gathered around, and people would pile into the back of the studio like sardines to get first pick of the new pieces. (Not many potters continue this tradition of unloading a kiln for an audience. Most "kiln openings" you see now involve the pots being unloaded, sorted, and arranged before the main event, avoiding any uncertainty concerning the firing.) When the Graves retired in 2014, we knew we wanted to carry on this event.

2018 marks the 43rd Little Mountain Festival, and the fourth year that Darby and I have hosted it. The studio will be full of new pottery, and we'll have cookies and snacks. The kiln will be fired that week, and I'll unload it at 11:00am and give a brief talk about my work. Outside the studio, musicians will gather and hold impromptu jam sessions ranging in style from Old Time to Celtic to Bluegrass to Blues, depending on who's playing.

Guest Artists

Mountain dulcimers by Richard Beard

Mountain dulcimers by Richard Beard

Richard Beard : Beard Instruments

Richard, one of the finest luthiers in our region and host of WNCW's Celtic Winds, makes an array of quality stringed instruments including guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, and more. He has participated in the Little Mountain Festival for many years, and will have a selection of his work available for sale right outside the studio. Click here to visit his Facebook page.

Songs of An August Morning :  Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24” by Hannah Seng

Songs of An August Morning : Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24” by Hannah Seng

Hannah Seng : Paintings and Prints

We are excited to announce that musician and artist Hannah Seng will join us this year. Based out of Saluda, Hannah's "painting and songwriting strive[s] to convey a sense of place influenced by the lyrical themes found in traditional Appalachian & Celtic music." She will have a selection of paintings and prints available for sale. Click here to visit her website!


American Craft Week

This is the fourth year that we have participated in American Craft Week, and the Little Mountain Festival is a featured event. Here is a description of American Craft Week from their website:

It's an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. And every day thousands of craft retailers share their love of these items by displaying, promoting and selling them. As one craft artist put it, "this is the creative economy!"

While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. So we ask you to join us in publicizing, educating and displaying American Craft for ten days each October. Join the national celebration of American Craft!

American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation's economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let's tell the world!

Click here to visit the ACW website and learn more!


Little Mountain Festival

October 13th, 10:00am until 4:00pm

Tyson Graham Kiln Opening: 11:00am

6148 Peniel Road, Tryon, NC 28782