8th Annual Potters Market Invitational

Each year for the past seven years, the Mint Museum Randolph hosts an event that brings together North Carolina’s best potters. For one day, sculptures, vessels and art pottery are offered to both collectors and non-collectors to purchase. This year, the date is September 15th. Admission begins at 10:00 a.m. and it runs until 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and if you arrive after 2:00 p.m., admission is $8.

It’s an outdoor event and the weather in September is usually spectacular. You’ll also find great deals on those “must have” works of art. There will be plenty of live music and we’re especially excited about the pottery making demonstrations. You’ll have the option of bringing a picnic basket or you can purchase lunch onsite from Delectables by Holly, a local caterer.

This year’s honorary chairperson is Manhattan-born Herb Cohen. This incredibly talented artist began “throwing” on the potter’s wheel at the tender age of six. Naturally, he continued his passion throughout his life. He’s a graduate from the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He’s had an amazing career in some of the most respected companies, including the Hyalyn Porcelain Company in Hickory, North Carolina. By the late 1950s, Cohen was making his contribution to The Mint Museum as the exhibitions director. He’s credited with putting the American art pottery movement into gear in that regions. For these reasons, and many more, Herb Cohen was named honorary chairperson for this year’s exhibition. The fact that The Mint Museum is celebrating its 75th year is an added sentimentality.

A few of this year’s potters who have their own exhibitions at the event include:

  • Steve Abee
  • Michel Bayne
  • Cynthia Bringle
  • Josh Copus
  • Donna Craven
  • Jeff Dean and Stephanie Martin
  • Judith Duff
  • Steven Forbes de-Soule
  • Terry Gess
  • Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke
  • Hiroshi Sueyoshi
  • Liz Zlot Summerfield
  • Tzadi Turrow
  • Julie Wiggins
  • Joy Tanner

This is just a partial list, of course, and you can learn more about the artists and The Mint Museum here.

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, this just might be a fine event to attend. Also, for those wishing to sponsor the event, you can do so by calling Jan Durr at 704-635-7694.