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A collector’s paradise: Potters Market Invitational
Fifty potters sell works at Mint Museum Randolph
 
Published Monday, June 30, 2014 1:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Fifty potters from North Carolina and surrounding areas will gather at the Mint Museum Randolph for the 10th annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational on September 6.

The annual event, presented by the Delhom Service League, is a major attraction for collectors from across the region. Every year, hundreds of pottery enthusiasts line up hours in advance of the opening to be among the first to gain access to the day’s best treasures.

“[It’s] a pottery collector's playground,” said artist Ben Owen III of Seagrove, N.C., a participant this year and member of one of the most well known families in North Carolina pottery.  “Shoppers are treated to… a veritable tour of our state's best potteries in one tent, one day.”

Owen likened the experience to “ a new adventure in a world shaped in clay.”

If you are new to collecting art, there’s no need to feel intimidated.

“Buy what speaks to you, but always buy the best you can afford,” said Carol Gorelick, the Potters Market Invitational’ honorary chair. “Choose one good piece rather than a number of lesser pieces.”

Gorelike said what makes collecting North Carolina pottery so special, particularly at events such as the invitational, is the personal contact between the artists and the collectors.

The event will also include folk musicians, pottery-making demonstrations and food.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and also include admission to The Mint Museum.  Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Funds raised by Potters Market provide acquisitions of pottery and library materials for the Mint. For tickets or more information, visit mintmuseum.org.

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