Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival
Jun 01, 2012
Townsend TN Annual Special Event
Besides big mountains and black bears, one of the things that area visitors seek out most often is handcrafted pottery. Those who appreciate the art and the craft of ceramics will enjoy attending the 5th Annual Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival, which takes place this Saturday at the Townsend Visitors Center in Townsend TN.
Heartland Rentals in Pigeon Forge has plenty of properties available that will make your drive to Townsend a short one. If you’re staying in Pigeon Forge, turn onto Wear's Valley Road at traffic light #3 and travel through Wears Valley to Townsend. Altogether, the drive shouldn’t take you more than a half-hour.
The festival will feature some 28 booths showcasing the work of talented master potters from all over the country. This year’s featured potter is Jim Reinert, who received an MFA in ceramics from Michigan State University before going on to become an active studio potter. Also among this year’s guests are Joe Frank McKee and his raku firings, Hugh Bailey and his fanciful creations and Carol Ware in the children’s tent.
Demonstrations and educational programs at the festival are funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Admission to the event is free, and proceeds from the $3 parking fee benefit the Townsend Fire Department.
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