The Little Mountain Festival:
Every Second Saturday in October
The 44th Little Mountain Festival will be Saturday, October 12th, 2019.
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.
2018 Guest Artists:
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.
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!