I must admit that I write this post with mixed emotions. On the one hand I want everyone to know about my favorite hobby, collecting Catawba Valley pottery, but on the other hand, the more people that learn about these sales the less likely I will get to choose a really good piece of pottery!
So, it is with great personal sacrifice that I letting you all know that in the next three weeks almost every great potter in Catawba Valley will be having a kiln sale at their homes. Not all of the potters have announced yet but here is what I know so far:
This Saturday, December 1:
Joe Reinhardt is having his annual kiln sale at 10:00a.m. at his home on Cat's Square just down from Burlon Craig's place. Arrive at 9:00 to preview...numbers will be drawn at 10:00. This is Joe's only kiln sale each year and he is one of my favorites!
Saturday, December 8th:
Gary Mitchell is having his kiln at 10:00am and
Steve Abee is having his sale at his home in Lenoir at 2:00p.m. Steve does some incredible swirl pieces!
Saturday, December 15th:
Kim Ellington will be holding his kiln sale at his home on NC10 at 10:00a.m. and
AV Smith is holding his sale at 12:00 noon in Hickory.
Information on all of these sales can be found on: CVPotter which is a great website created by Steve Abee. It also has some wonderful history and pictures about Catawba Valley Pottery.
Remember, all of these potters sell by a lottery system: they have a pot full of numbers and each attendee picks one. The number you pick determines when you get to choose your piece. If you get a low number it is really exciting because you are one of the first to choose. But, if you pick a high number in some cases you won't even get one piece! Arrive early to preview the whole selection and keep a note of several of your favorite pieces as you may not get your first or even second choice.
See you on Saturday!