Appalachian Potters Market in Marion, NC

Published on November 12, 2014
Written by Becky Rogers

The Appalachian Potters Market is a gathering of clayworkers selling raku, sgraffito, decorative stoneware, earthen cookware, and traditional folk pottery. Artists take over the gymnasium at McDowell High School in Marion, NC with shelves and tables full of pottery for sale.

Every year the Appalachian Potters Market brings artists from near and far. Leslie Bradsher is a local potter who owns Grove Hill Pottery. Founded in 1998, Grove Hill Pottery is named after the land on which it sits. Leslie's great, great grandfather settled the land in 1839 and named it Grove Hill. ( She specializes in raku pottery which is a Japanese art that began in the 16th century. Leslie has taken part in the Appalachian Potters Market for the last 20 years and plans to keep her tradition going. She is one of the many talented artists to be at the event this year.

In addition to intriguing artists, there will be childrens activities, live music, and box lunches. Adults: $4 & students get in free.

To learn more, please visit

Picture credit: Pottery -, Flyer - created by Simply Appalachian