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The Jewel of the Blue Ridge

25 Feb

In the last decade, the quiet mountain towns and townships of Madison County, North Carolina have attracted an ever growing community of artists and craftspeople.  Madison County’s rich rural and agricultural history and its inhabitants’ collective respect for tradition and craft make a natural setting for the production of handmade functional and sculptural ceramics. The Potters of Madison County was created in order to unite and acknowledge the skilled and diverse group of men and women currently creating work in an area not previously recognized as a stronghold for pottery in its own right.

 

From Left To Right: Becca Floyd, Mary Mikkelson, Rob Pulleyn, Emily Reason, Jim Parementier, Shirl Parmentier, Alex Matisse, Henry Pope, and Jane Renfro

On this site you will find biographies, artist statements and photographs of our members and their work.  We will also post information about art, craft, and pottery events and goings-on in the Madison County area, including sales, demonstrations, or workshops hosted by our members and friends.

To start things off, we are pleased to announce that on Saturday, April 9th, 2011, The Potters of Madison County will host its first annual Madison County Pottery Market on the Mars Hill College Campus.  Members of POMC will be showcasing recent work alongside Buncombe County guest potters  Kyle Carpenter and John Ransmeier.  Food and drink will be available.  Please come and enjoy what will hopefully be beautiful Spring weather and the company of our fun-loving community.