Black Mountain Pottery Show & Holly Jolly Market

By Rita Vermillion

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio presents the annual Gallery Pottery Show and Holly Jolly Market, beginning with an opening at downtown Black Mountain’s Holly Jolly Christmas from 6–8 p.m. on Friday, December 7, in the Upper Gallery at the Center, 225 W. State Street.

Live entertainment will be provided on the Main Floor Stage, and homemade refreshments will be served. The Pottery Market will be available until the Center closes for the holidays on December 21. The Gallery Pottery Show, however, will continue through January 18.

The Gallery Show is a place for students to feature their finest work, while allowing the professional potters who teach at Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA) to show the caliber of work they produce privately away from the Clay Studio. Teachers who have taught classes in the past year and who will have work in the show include Geoff Bird, Cathy Babula, Charles Freeland, Maureen Joyce, Elise Reed, and Annie Singletary. The Pottery Market is a place for students and/or teachers to sell some of the work they have made throughout the year, both “firsts” and “seconds.”

The BMCA Clay Studio, which is housed in the renovated old City Garage adjacent to the Center, is a teaching studio for beginning and intermediate students to learn a variety of techniques in working with clay. Classes for the Winter Session will begin in early January 2013, and classes make excellent holiday gifts for those who want to experiment with clay.

For more information about the Pottery Show and Market, or about registering for a class or giving a gift certificate, call 828.669.0930 or visit

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