Kiln openings

Mark Hewitt Pottery > Kiln openings

2020 is a year of firsts, and for the first time ever for our Holiday Kiln Opening Sale, will run, BY APPOINTMENT, from THANKSGIVING WEEKEND to DECEMBER 23rd! Come enjoy a safe and fun visit to the pottery with COVID protocols in place. Our large barn/showroom allows for easy physical distancing. Face coverings required. We are booking only a handful of appointments per hour, so you can bring your family/friends/pod with you if you wish. MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT today!
We have hundreds of beautiful pots of all shapes, sizes and prices from our recent firing, Firing 104, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Kiln Opening North Carolina

Come enjoy a safe and fun visit to the pottery with COVID protocols in place. Our large barn/showroom allows for easy physical distancing. Face coverings required. We are booking only a handful of appointments per hour, so you can bring your family/friends/pod with you if you wish.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT today!

If the time slot you want is taken, give us a call and we will find a convenient time for you. If you feel the need for a time slot where you are the only person/pod here, please call us at 919-542-2371 or email sales @hewittpottery.com and we will happily arrange that.

Kiln Openings ~ BC and now

Before COVID: For the past 20 some years we have held three Kiln Opening Sales each year, one in the Spring, another in late Summer, and the third the first two weekends in December. We send postcards and emails to everyone on our Mailing List a few weeks before each Sale. Kiln Openings are fun, lively events, with plenty of pots for everyone. There are 1000 – 1500 pots for sale at each Kiln Opening, and light refreshments are provided. Kiln Openings are festive occasions, with lots of good chat, and a chance to talk with Mark about the pots and the pottery. You can tour the pottery workshop, wander inside the kilns, and enjoy the lovely country setting, surrounded by our meadows and pond.

Children are most welcome – in fact we have a swing set just to make their visit more enjoyable!

Then came 2020.  We cancelled our Spring Kiln Opening, and pushed out the firing of the kiln until the late spring. We created and opened an online store, which has been wonderful for so many customers from around the country an beyond who can’t get to our kiln openings. We have also shipped many pots to people right here in the Triangle area of NC. And we found a way to hold a Summer Kiln Opening by extending it from 4 days to 9 days, scheduling appointments so there were only a few people here at any given time. It was a success, and the feedback was that folks loved having their own appointment. So, we are doing that again.  Which leads us to….Now! and our  Holiday Kiln Opening 2020 !

Again this year we are part of the Chatham Studio Artists Tour, that is held the first two weekends in December. We are #26! The dates of the tour are:
Saturday, December 5th 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 6th  noon-5pm
and
Saturday, December 5th 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 6th  noon-5pm
Watch for the red triangles throughout Chatham County!
You can book an appointment for those dates as well.

As always, children are welcome – we have swings!

Looking ahead: We are planning on only two firings a year in 2021 with Kiln Openings June and December.
When we know the June dates we will post them here, and send out postcards and an email newsletter.

To get a postcard and/or email about our kiln openings, and a link to the Preview Gallery a few days before the kiln opening, please click here.

Other opportunities to purchase pots?

If you can’t get here for a Kiln Opening, you are always welcome to call us for an appointment and come at a more convenient time (919) 542-2371. We also ship pots all around the world, from our online store.

Who made what?

For help identifying which potter – Mark or his apprentices  – made the various pots on sale here you can view information about the stamps they each put on the bottom of their pots here.

Thanks for reading all this! We hope to see you here are the pottery one day soon:)