Joe Reinhardt plans to sell and display his wares at the upcoming pottery festival. Contributed Photo
VALE â€” Joe Reinhardt lives in Vale just across the road from where the late Burlon Craig, master potter, once lived.
Craig was a great influence on his neighbor.
â€œWe were friendsâ€¦ I would go over and watch him sometimes. The most important thing he told me was, â€˜Get back on that wheel and just do it,â€™â€ Reinhardt said.
In 1990 Reinhardt began teaching himself to make face jugs, large urns and other unique pieces in the tradition of the Catawba Valley Potters. He uses clay dug from a riverbank and fired his pieces in either a ground hod or gas kiln.
Again this year, Reinhardt will join approximately 50 potters, both traditional and contemporary, at the Second Annual Burlon Craig Pottery Festival at West Lincoln High School Saturday, May 15.
The proceeds from the festival are given to the West Lincoln Branch of the Lincoln County Library to help with the purchase of books and the upgrading of the facility.
Admission cost is $2 for adults and children 12 and under are admitted free.
In addition to the opportunity to purchase pottery from local potters, Burlon Craigâ€™s son and grandson, Donald and Dwayne Craig will have their pottery for sale and will demonstrate the traditional style of throwing pottery.
There will be a raffle for a Dwayne Craig Commemorative piece. Cotton Ketchie posters of Burlon Craig will be on sale.
The Lincoln County Historical Association will have a display of Burlon Craig pottery. There will be commemorative T-shirts and towels for sale.
Children can try their hand at pottery and other activities in a special area.
Food and entertainment will be available.
For more information check the local website www.burloncraigfestival.com or call 704-276-1435.by Libby Baxter