Show & Sales
The American Pottery Festival is a three-day event orchestrated to appeal to clay lovers and is NCC’s primary fundraiser each year. Artists from all over the country, emerging and well-established collectors, and young and old students of the craft, converge for an inspiring weekend of education, conversation, and lots and lots of pots.
Each year, the artist roster includes national artists we rarely see in this area, local artists we want to see more of, and emerging artists who spark our interest. 2016’s artist roster will be no different and promises to provide a wide range of voices in clay as well as learning opportunities. The festival always presents the chance to engage with artists through image presentations, workshops, gallery chats, and panel discussions.
The APF Preview Show is your chance to see a small sampling of work from each 2016 artist. The show runs from April 7 through May 1 in our sales gallery . We will also represent many of these artists during the NCECA conference in Kansas City, March 15 – 18 (see page 6). NCC invites you to visit us at our Gallery Expo booth at NCECA to be the first to see their collective work at a special Preview opening reception on the evening of March 15. – northernclaycenter.org/exhibition/2016-american-pottery-festival
What began twenty-six years ago as a small gathering of Arts & Crafts antiques dealers and collectors at the historic Grove Park Inn overlooking Asheville, North Carolina has grown into what the New York Times has declared "the most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors."
As one of this year's attendees wrote, "Thank you for introducing me to the fabulous world of the Grove Park Inn and the National Arts and Crafts Conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, learned a lot and met many very interesting people. I must tell you that this has been the most organized and easy conference that I have ever been part of. I am very impressed by your attention to detail. Thank you for such a great experience!"
If you are thinking about coming to the Arts & Crafts Conference for the first time, let me assure you: this three-day educational conference is designed for you.
Every event, from the daily Small Group Discussions to the Seminar Presentations to the three afternoon shows -- Antiques, Contemporary Craftsfirms, and Books, Magazines & More -- is organized and structured with the typical Arts & Crafts collector in mind.
Here you have the opportunity to do more, hear more and see more Arts & Crafts in three days than the average person could in an entire year.
The cost of the Seminar Package -- all three days of seminars, discussion groups, walking tours, displays, demonstrations and entry to the three daily shows -- is just $150. If you reserve a room at the Grove Park Inn, the $150 per person cost is included in their Arts & Crafts Weekend Package. If you stay elsewhere in Asheville, you can register for the Conference Events by calling our office or using the form on our website.
Details of every aspect of the conference, from lodging to lists of exhibitors is included under the headings on our website. We are continuing to update various aspects, so if you find an out-dated entry, bear with us as we work to insert the 2014 information. – arts-craftsconference.com
Show & Sales | Nov. 22, 2013 to Nov. 24, 2013
Luck’s Cannery | Seagrove, NC
Organizers of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters are excited about using warehouse space in the historic Luck's Cannery to host Seagrove's newest pottery event. The main floor space of the warehouse is more than 220 feet long and almost 100 feet wide with skylights to help with lighting the booths.
Ample parking is available around the facility. The building is accessible to the disabled. And there are large indoor bathroom facilities.
The facility is located on NC Pottery Highway 705, half a mile south of the traffic light in Seagrove on the right. Click here for Directions.
While known for pottery, Seagrove also has a tradition in food products and was home for many years to Luck's Incorporated. The company was founded as Mountain View Cannery in 1947 by Ivey B. Luck and Alfred Spencer, who were joined in 1948 by H. Clay Presnell. Spencer and Presnell later sold out to Luck and in 1953 the establishment became known as Luck's. Luck's specialized in pinto beans and other canned vegetables and food products and employed many Seagrove families.
Bought out by American Home Products and then later by Conagra Products, the Luck's plant closed in 2002.
The initial purpose of the company was to perform home canning. People from the Seagrove area would bring garden vegetables and other locally grown food to the plant for canning. The Celebration potters admire and hope to continue the spirit of the original Luck's Cannery: people of the Seagrove area working together to provide a future for their community. – celebrationofseagrovepotters.com