40th Anniversary Celebration, 2017
(No charge for any of the events. Unless noted, events run 9am to 5pm)
Selling vintage pottery, mainly early Westmoore Pottery pieces, joined by a few wares from other potters. This will only be for the 2017 year.
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!
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.
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!
I’ll be demonstrating the decorating of pottery. Come watch and ask questions!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.