Virginia Clay Festival
September 23 & 24, 2017
The Virginia Clay Festival is held annually in the town of Stanardsville in beautiful Greene County, Virginia. The Virginia Clay Festival is an art show celebrating the creative possibilities of clay. This is a gathering of Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work...ALL in clay!
Artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, students, pottery collectors, families, and musicians will all gather together at the Virginia Clay Festival to explore clay in its many forms and just to hang out together and have a good time! An area organized with hands-on clay projects for kids, artisan food vendors and live acoustic music (traditional Irish, old time and bluegrass) will enhance the event. Festival t- shirts will be available at the information booth.
At the Virginia Clay Festival each participating artist will take a turn one after another to show how to make sculpture, pottery and jewelry and explain their signature techniques in two demonstration areas with potter’s wheels and work benches. Questions and comments from the audience are encouraged in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
All of the artists at the Virginia Clay Festival start with humble clay and bring their own style and vision to their work with great diversity of expression. Visitors have the opportunity to meet and visit with artists including our own local potters, Holly Horan & John Pluta of Noon Whistle Pottery and Alun Ward of Blue Ridge Pottery.
"Never mind the art. Potters just like to play in the mud. They like to play with fire. All of the things your mother told you not to do, potters do. They are the alchemists amongst us, mixing fire and earth and water, minerals and oxides. They make magic." Alun Ward