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40th Anniversary Celebration, 2017


(No charge for any of the events. Unless noted, events run 9am to 5pm)


  •  Whole year of 2017                                            “Vintage Corner”  

Selling vintage pottery, mainly early Westmoore Pottery pieces, joined by a few wares from other potters. This will only be for the 2017 year.


  •  Saturday, April 15th                                            Hands On: Wheelwork

This day is an opportunity for the public to briefly try their hand at using a potters’ wheel. Adults and children are welcome, no experience needed. You will have a good time but will not end up with a finished pot to take home!


  •  Saturday, May 20th                                              Pots and Painters

A plein air painting group will work for the day at several area potteries, including at Westmoore Pottery, with easels set up to paint outdoor scenes. If you are also a plein air painter, bring your paints, canvas, and easel to set up and join in! 9 am to 4 pm. Since this is an outdoor event, we do have a rain date of May 27th.


  •  Saturday, July 15th                                                Demo Day: Odd Shapes

I’ll be demonstrating making a number of “odd shapes” on the wheel — ring jugs, inkstands, flasks, etc. — the answers to “How do you make that?” Come watch and ask questions!


  •  Saturday, July 29th                                                 Demo Day: Decorating

I’ll be demonstrating the decorating of pottery. Come watch and ask questions!


  •  Friday and Saturday, August 25th –26th              Fit for a Feast: Dinnerware

On these two days I will have as many complete dinnerware sets as I can get made, hopefully with a lot of variety!   These will be priced as complete sets until 4pm on August 26th, at which point I will split up any remaining sets and price them by the piece as usual.


  •  September                                                  North Carolina’s Pottery Heritage:

                                                                   Exploring and Preserving Interrupted Traditions

This month will highlight the work of Westmoore Pottery in the preservation of skills and styles of North Carolina’s interrupted pottery traditions — those that did not continue through families to survive as continuous traditions until today.   Educational displays will remain in the shop all month. In addition, each Monday I will be demonstrating and talking about a different type/area of early North Carolina pottery.

Monday, Sept. 4th Moravian Potters from Winston-Salem Area

Monday, Sept. 11th Alamance County Potters

Monday, Sept. 18th Randolph County Potters

Monday, Sept. 25th Assorted Other Potters


  •  Friday and Saturday, October 27—28                         Anniversary Party

Westmoore Pottery opened in the fall of 1977, so this fall is the official 40th anniversary!

For the two day celebration, refreshments will be served both days, door prizes will be given out, and the Westmoore Pottery scrapbook will be on display. Whether you are a customer from long ago or a new visitor, come help celebrate! Bring photos with you of any Westmoore Pottery you own and while here, add your name and the year you first came (or bought pottery by phone, mail, or online) to the giant poster I’ll have for the event The unvealing and hanging of the large 40th anniversary plate will be at 2 pm on Saturday.


  •  Saturday, November 11th                        Stepping Back in Time: Hearth Cookery

Westmoore Pottery will host historical cook Karen Becker, recently retired from Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, as she prepares historical dishes in the large fireplace at Westmoore Pottery from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn how some of the old pottery shapes were used in hearthside cooking and how food was prepared in previous centuries.   Sampling will be allowed!


  •  Saturday, December 9th                                         Holiday Open House  

Join us to celebrate the holiday season. The shop will be decorated for the holidays, and we will unload a kiln of pottery for this day, including special pieces made just for this day. Refreshments will be served.