Kilning Time

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Article Published: Jun. 21, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 1, 2012
Kilning Time

Customers clamor for the Bolick and Traditions Pottery Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening, taking place Saturday, June 30 in Blowing Rock.

Photo by Lonnie Webster

Bolick and Traditions Pottery will hold its 21st annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pottery, live bluegrass music, Indian bead work, carved sculptures, baskets, chairs, iron work, wood turning, weavings and an interactive quilting party will be available, as the artisans educate visitors on some of the traditional ways of life. 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.

The working sawmill powered by a steam engine is always a big draw, as well as demonstrations of shingle cutting, corn grinding and butter churning. A “gee-haw-whimmididdle” contest will also be held.

Music is a big part of the day. The Dollar Brothers will take the stage at 11 a.m., followed by Glenn Bolick and Friends. The Martin Laurel Band and Rosie & the Flattops will lead the evening entertainment. Storytelling also returns this year, featuring Orville Hicks and Fred Frawley.

Lula Owens Bolick is a fifth-generation potter from the Owens family of Seagrove. Janet Calhoun, Lula’s daughter, is a sixth-generation potter. 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 ever-popular face jugs from Mike and Lula.

Some of the styles include Monday-to-Friday jugs, Santas, wizards, clay spirits and hollerin’ men. Glenn and Janet will have pitchers, vases and teapots. Both galleries will be well stocked with functional, decorative and folk art pottery.

North Carolina artists will be selling and demonstrating their work with baskets, iron work, wooden bowls and chairs, Indian beadwork, quilts, weavings and wood sculptures.

Pintos, cornbread and hot dogs will be served all day. This event is free, and no alcoholic beverages are permitted on site.

For more information, visit or call (828) 295-3862 or 295-5099.

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