FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2008
Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market
First ClayFest Fall Pottery Festival brings potters
and their wares to State Farmers Market Sept. 13
RALEIGH — Hold onto your chef’s hat Bobby Flay, because there’s a new kind of throw down coming to the Triangle. The inaugural ClayFest Fall Festival will put pottery throwers to the test in exciting timed competitions in addition to pottery demonstrations, a clay finger-painting booth for children and local pottery for sale.
The free festival, slated for Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Farmers Market, is hosted by the Triangle Potters Guild, a local organization made up of more than 50 members dedicated to educating the public and encouraging local potters of all levels to continue to create pottery.
“In addition to all the local fruits and vegetables, the State Farmers Market has a rich history in supporting local crafters,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The variety of pottery and events at the ClayFest Fall Festival will be a great place to introduce your family to pottery and learn more about the art form that’s a special part of our North Carolina heritage.”
Competitions kick off at 10 a.m. and will include timed races to see who can make the fastest bowl and a face-off to construct a teapot out of clay in less than five minutes. More than 20 Triangle-area potters will sell their wares in the Farmers Building, and a children’s painting booth will let children create their own masterpieces with the paints from a variety of clays. Demonstrations with traditional potter wheels, coils and slabs will also be set up, and sculptor Gail Lawson will fashion pottery using a freehand technique.
"We haven’t had an event like this in the Triangle in quite some time, so we’re excited to bring unique, quality pottery to the Farmers Market,” said Susan Luster, event coordinator and Triangle Potters Guild member. “This will be a great educational event for the entire family to enjoy, as well as an opportunity to purchase beautiful local pottery.”
For more information on ClayFest, visit www.trianglepotters.org or the State Farmers Market Web site at www.ncdamarkets.org.