In April, 2019 Mark and his apprentices and helpers will fire the kiln he built in 1983 for the 100th time. It’s a momentous occasion that calls for a memorable celebration! So we’re hosting one for all of you ~ a special Kiln Opening celebration that goes on all day Saturday, April 20th (8-5pm) and Sunday, April 21st (noon-5pm) !
It’s Easter weekend and the start of Passover. Saturday is also National Pot Day, Look-a-Like day, and Lima Bean Day. Sunday is Big Word Day, British National Tea Day, and Bulldogs are Beautiful Day. Monday is Earth Day, but by then we’ll be cleaning up our corner of the earth & resting after all the festivities!
For us it’s a chance to thank you for supporting and encouraging us, buying pots, bringing your families and friends, becoming our friends, and generally making these least 36 years so eventful and rewarding.
Come for any or all of the festivities!
Here’s what we’ve planned so far….
Friday, April 19th
Live Music! The weekend kicks off with Even Trade, Carol’s brother Dan, and his son Luca, headlining at the City Tap in downtown Pittsboro!
Saturday, April 20th
8 – 8:45am Preview ~ a chance to view the pots in the barn, no sales or reservations at this time. (Everyone gets a number and gets back in line at 8:45 in that same order. It’s easy. We do it every time.)
9am-5pm Kiln Opening Sale ~ all pots are stamped with ‘100’ and the makers mark.
11am – 2pm Dumplings! ~ Kim Hunter, of Kimbap fame, now Umma Foods, will be serving her Korean dumplings (veggie.)
12 – 3 pm Locopops! ~ (or until we run out) yummy locally crafted popsicles
12 – 2pm Tommy Edwards & LaNelle Davis ~ ever popular LaNelle Davis, late of the band Big Medicine, and The Bluegrass Experience’s award-winning Tommy Edwards will play traditional music performed with guitar, bass, and banjo ~ original songs along with some folk, country and bluegrass favorites.
12-4pm Southern BBQ pork sliders ~ Bread Shop buns filled with locally raised, whole hog, wood-fired barbecue and homemade coleslaw from Picnic in Durham
1pm – Happy 100th Firing Birthday Cake Cutting!
2 – 3pm Kiln-side Chat
Lively conversation among renown pottery scholars ~ Christopher Benfey (Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College), Henry Glassie (Professor Emeritus of Folklore, University of Indiana), Louise Cort (Curator Emerita for Ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution) and Terry Zug (Professor Emeritus of Folklore and English, UNC Chapel Hill.)
3 – 4:30pm Onyx Club Duo of Dave Smith & Gabe Pelli ~ original songs and some of the gypsy jazz that’s made them famous!
3 – 5pm Under the Oak Farm Charcuterie Spread – Blake uses sustainably local raised beef and pork to create an exquisite array of charcuterie.
9am -5pm Larry’s Coffee and Local Pastries ~ as usual, all day long, you can find Larry’s Coffee, Joan’s homemade muffins and cookies, and Phoenix Bakery brownies in the workshop all day! With luck we will also have the first picking of strawberries from our neighbors, Phillips Farms!
Sunday, April 21
Noon – 5pm Kiln Opening Pottery Sale continues
12 – 3pm Yee Haw Donuts ~ fresh made cake style Sweet Potato Donuts
2 – 4pm Homeland Creamery ~ Make-your-own ice cream cone!
3 – 5pm Empanada Republic ~ delicious, traditional Argentinean Empanadas made by Fabian Lujan and Sandra Sarlinga.
….and games! (Got any favorites you’d like to lend us for the weekend?)
Second weekend of the Kiln Opening Sale
Saturday, April 28th ~ 9am-5pm
Sunday, April 29th ~ noon – 5pm
We will restock the shelves as best we can, and provide refreshments ~ hot coffee, lemonade, homemade muffins, cookies and brownies, cheese and crackers, and such. It won’t be as dramatic as the first weekend, but we will still have fun and maybe strawberries will be more plentiful, and the roses over the doorway to the barn will have bloomed by then! (There is no Preview the second weekend.)