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3rd Annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val Takes Place in Morganton, NC – May 19, 2012

May 10, 2012

The 3rd Annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val will take place at the Old Armory Building in historic Morganton, NC, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 10am to 4pm, sponsored by the Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion.

This pre­mier pot­tery show will fea­ture 30 hand-picked pot­ters from through­out West­ern North Car­olina. These tal­ented artists are well-known for their dis­tinct pot­tery and rep­re­sent both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional clay styles.

Work by Claudia Dunaway

Participation potters and potteries include: Andrew Stephenson, Banfield Pottery, Caroleen Sanders, Celtic Pottery, Claudia Dunaway, Corine Guseman, Courtney Long, Debbie Little, Donna King, Earthworks Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Fred and Rose Pinkul, Gina King Ellis, Glenn Tanzer, Good Earth Pottery Studio, Hamilton Williams Clayworks, Hog Hill Pottery, Jinsong Kim, Ken Sedberry, Lazy Lizard Pottery, Leicester Valley Clay, Michelle Flowers, Mud Duck Pottery, Out of the Ashes Pottery, Puzzle Creek Pottery, Ron Philbeck Pottery, Rutherford Pottery, Shane Mickey, Turtle Island Pottery, and Tzadi Turrou.

Work by Donna King

Enjoy music, pot­tery demon­stra­tions, and food from the Pie Hole. Admit­tance is $4.00, chil­dren 12 and under FREE. Entrance fees go directly to Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that spon­sors pub­lic involve­ment in Foothills arche­ol­ogy through edu­ca­tion pro­grams, arche­o­log­i­cal sur­veys, and exca­va­tions of Native Amer­i­can and Euro­pean settlements.

Work by Jinsong Kim

The Joara Pot­tery fes­ti­val event is spon­sored by the Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion. Through uncov­er­ing hun­dreds of Native Amer­i­can pots and sherds includ­ing 16th cen­tury Blue Span­ish Majolica, the foun­da­tion seeks to pre­serve and pro­mote the region’s rich pot­tery his­tory and tal­ented present day artisans.

The Foun­da­tion also pro­vides con­tin­ued sup­port for the archae­o­log­i­cal research in the upper Catawba and Yad­kin River val­leys, with a pri­mary focus on the inves­ti­ga­tion of sixteenth-century inter­ac­tions between Euro­pean colonists and Native Amer­i­cans in west­ern North Carolina.

The Foun­da­tion takes its name from Joara; the major Native Amer­i­can town in the upper Catawba Val­ley vis­ited by sixteenth-century Span­ish expe­di­tions led by Her­nando de Soto and Juan Pardo. Pardo built Fort San Juan near the town in 1567, cre­at­ing the old­est Euro­pean set­tle­ment in the inte­rior of the United States. Evi­dence of Joara and Fort San Juan has been unearthed at the Berry archae­o­log­i­cal site in north­ern Burke County. Numer­ous exam­ples of Native Amer­i­can and Euro­pean pot­tery and sherds have been uncov­ered at the Berry site, includ­ing Blue Span­ish Majolica, pro­vid­ing key evi­dence of Span­ish activ­ity and crit­i­cal dating.

Evi­dence from the Berry site is chang­ing his­tory text­books and has been cov­ered in National Geo­graphic, Smith­son­ian and Archae­ol­ogy mag­a­zines, and the UNC TV doc­u­men­tary “The First, Lost Colony.”

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