Potters from Lincoln County, surrounding region showcase art
The Lincoln Cultural Center hosted its second Mid-Year Pottery market on Saturday, and judging by the crowds and the varied display of hand-crafted artwork, it is sure to be a hit for many years to come.
Potters from Lincolnton, Hickory and surrounding areas set up shelves, lined with pieces that varied from functional mugs and bowls to the more intricate jack-o-lanterns and even a dragon’s head. The market extended to all three floors of the Cultural Center and showcased potters of all ages.
Emily Mae Shain set up her table on the third floor of the exhibition. At 13, she was the youngest potter in the market, but this was not her first year. The Lincolnton native participated in the mid-year sale last year and it was evident that she intends to participate for many years to come.
“I went to an art camp at our church, and was shown how,” Shain said, talking about how she learned the art two years prior.
Though Shain isn’t sure where her pottery will take her, she knows it is something that she wants to do for many years to come, possibly as a career.
Carolyn Walker, of Vale, has been potter for only a few years, but participated in the 2013 market as well. Inspired by her daughter, Olivia Walker-Mouglea, a well-known potter in the area, Walker brought ornaments and beautifully glazed pieces and was set up next to the elevator of the Cultural Center, right next to Randy Harris of Red Dog Pottery.
A potter since 2006, Harris grew up in Lincolnton and picked up the art after deciding one day that enjoying pottery and collecting it wasn’t enough. He’s been making pottery since 2006, and along with several local potters, donates bowls for an old fashioned ice cream social that has taken place for eight years running. Homemade ice cream is served in homemade bowls for a $10 donation, and all proceeds go to the Christian Ministries soup kitchen.
Another potter in the reception room, Lorrie Anderson of Moose Hollow pottery in Thomasville, explained the passion of pottery succinctly. A full-time potter since 2009, Anderson feels that the craft is more than just a way to make money or showcase talent.
“It’s a creative outlet,” she said. “That urge to create is probably one of the strongest gifts you can have.”
In addition to the pieces for sale, a silent auction was held with all proceeds going to benefit the Arts Council of Lincoln County.