Pots on The Green showcases area’s ceramic talent

Visitors to The Village Green’s “Pots on The Green” over the weekend braved a little wet weather to see many of the top-tiered potters throughout the area. Potter and Event Organizer Justin Allman began the show three years ago and said the turnout gets bigger and bigger each year.

“We really wanted a nice, high-end pottery show,” said Allman. “We want to educate the people about the clay world and the ceramic movement in America. Pottery has grown over the past 20 years and amazing things are coming from small studios all across the country. There’s so much craftsmanship here in this area and it needs to be showcased.”

Internationally-known Potter Akira Satake strums the banjo at Pots on The Green over the weekend in Cashiers.

Some of the featured potters include Cynthia Bringle, Gay Smith, Frank Vickery, Akira Satake, and Becky Llloyd. Artists at Pots on the Green are there by invitation and Vickery said he’s he couldn’t be in better company displaying his art amongst his peers for the past three years.

“I’m honored to be here with internationally recognized potters and show my work next to them,” said Vickery. “And the people who come out here are really helping support the art community. Highlands and Cashiers always support art shows, but it’s good to have one during the summer focused on pottery.”

Pooters like Frank Vickery were invited to display their work at Pots on The Green at The Village Green in Cashiers.

Bringle, known by her peers and the Godmother of Pottery, said this is her first year participating (scheduling conflicts in previous years) in the show and said it is a wonderful way to highlight the talent in the area.

“It’s such a nice show,” said Bringle. “The quality of the work here is just great, which happens when you have an invite-only show.”

Maria Andrade has been displaying her work at Pots on The Green for three years and said and the show grows each year, and so do the artists and their talents.

“Cashiers is such a great community and I love visiting this part of the mountains,” said Andrade. “Plus, this show is carefully curated so the caliber of work here is really good and diverse. You can tell the people here sincerely appreciate the arts.”

Gay Smith chats with pottery enthusiasts at Pot on The Green.

Mike Lalone is also displaying his work for the third year and said the amount of talent at The Village Green over the weekend is incredible.

“You’re in the company of excellent potters, I’m honored to be here,” said Lalone. “People who are looking for great pottery, this is the place to be.”

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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