Heritage Day at Bolick and Traditions Saturday

Article Published: Jun. 27, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 30, 2013
Heritage Day at Bolick and Traditions Saturday

Pottery lovers scramble for their favorite pieces at Bolick and Traditions Pottery’s annual Kiln
Opening and Heritage Day.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Bolick and Traditions Pottery will hold their 22nd annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 29.

The day will feature pottery, live bluegrass music, leatherwork, baskets, weavings, handmade chairs, ironwork, handmade banjos and guitars. There will also be interactive events, storytelling and food.

The purpose of the event is to educate the public on some of the traditional ways of life, said a spokesman for Bolick and Traditions Pottery. Through demonstrations of heritage arts and crafts and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked and entertained themselves.

New events this year include square dancing, called by John Peterson and horse and wagon rides with the Rev. Gary Shew, as well as demonstrations of shingle cutting, corn grinding and butter churning.

An interactive quilting party and a gee-haw whimmy diddle contest will also be held.

Music is a big part of the day. The Dollar Brothers will take the stage at noon, followed by The Martin Laurel Band. Glenn Bolick and Friends will also perform.

Back again this year, will be storytelling featuring Orville Hicks and Fred Frawley.

Lula Owens Bolick is a fifth generation potter from the Owens family of Seagrove. Her daughter, Janet Calhoun, is a sixth generation artisan. Together, with their husbands, Glenn Bolick and Mike Calhoun, they produce shapes that have been in their family for more than 190 years.

Each potter also has his or her own designs and techniques. The groundhog wood kiln — the old method of firing pottery before electricity — will be unloaded at 10 a.m. Customers are encouraged to be present at this time for the best selection of the wood-fired items.

Items in the wood kiln include the popular face jugs from the Calhouns. Some of the styles include Monday-Friday jugs, Santas, wizards, clay spirits, hollerin’ men, and owl mugs. The Bolicks will have pitchers, candlesticks and teapots.

Both galleries will be well stocked with functional, decorative and folk art pottery.
Pinto beans, cornbread and hot dogs will be served all day.

This event is free.

No alcoholic beverages will be allowed.

For more information, visit the website http://www.traditionspottery.com or call (828) 295-3862 or 295-5099; on Facebook at Bolick and Traditions Pottery.
The galleries are located at 4443 Bolick Road, Lenoir. Directions are: three miles south of Blowing Rock (14 miles north of Lenoir) off U.S. 321. Turn left on Blackberry Road, go one-half mile then turn right on Bolick Road.

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