Free and open to the public, the 3rd annual Arkansas Pottery Festival is returning to the Community Creative Center, located at 505 W Spring St in Fayetteville, from May 3 through May 5.


Festival-goers can expect pottery demonstrations and lectures by Living National Treasure of the Cherokee Nation Troy Jackson, and nationally recognized Quapaw potter Betty Gaedtke (Te-mi-zhi-ka) all day on Friday and Saturday. The artist lectures will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:15 p.m. An exhibition and pottery sale of over 100 potters from Arkansas and surrounding states will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on display will be selected MasterWorks from the Ceramics Collections, courtesy of the University of Arkansas. Door prize drawings will be held each day, but you must be present to win!


On Saturday night, there will be a cookout and potluck with live music from “March to August,” in conjunction with Artosphere. Vendor booths will include The Clay Bank, Kansas City Clay Guild, and David Johnson Pottery of Memphis, Tennessee. The festival is also partnering with CobbleStone Farms for a Flower Pot and Plant Sale Fundraiser, with a wide selection of affordable handmade planters and locally grown plants. Patrons will be able to buy a planter and get a free plant – just in time for Mother’s Day!


Concurrent events will include the UARK Ceramics Student Sale and Exhibition as well as the Walton Arts Center Illumination Series, which features artist Daniel Johnston, who is noted for being the foremost practitioner of the North Carolina pottery style. This exhibition of large-scale ceramics will be on display from April 5 to June 31 in the Walton Arts Center lobby.


On Sunday at 11 a.m., the public is also invited to a private tour of the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville.


For more information, call 479-571-2706. For information about parking in downtown Fayetteville, click here.
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