There’s no reason to leave all the great finds to local collectors, dealers and interior designers. You too can spend Saturday, September 8th shopping work by local artists at the POTTERS MARKET INVITATIONAL at the Mint Museum Randolph. In its 14th year, the Potters Market Invitational is a outdoor, one-day ceramics sale featuring 65 of the top potters from across North Carolina offering functional, decorative, and sculptural ceramic works.

When we tell you that people in the know, who love pottery, ceramics and art, never miss this event, we’re giving you the straight scoop.

Local Charlotte potter Julie Wiggins display from the 2017 Potters Invitational

Potters” offers the opportunity to meet the artists, watch demonstrations of both wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery and shop their best works. The Invitational has a festival feel with live bluegrass music from Arnold Clayton and The Roustabouts, local craft beer from Birdsong Brewing as well as wine, other beverages, and snacks from Delectables by Holly.

Follow the Potters Market on Facebook for previews and works in progress | Photo of Ron Philbeck Pottery

It’s definitely not just coffee mugs and serving pieces; the Potters features some of the most influential artists in our state and brings an array of potters with an international background. The goal of the show is to showcase top ceramic artists, to help those artists in selling their work, and to raise funds to support educational programming and the Mint’s ceramics collections.

Just a Few of Our Favorite Works and Styles

David Stuempfle has worked in the Seagrove area since 1990 making expressive forms from local clays fired in a wood kiln. His work is represented in the Mint Museum’s permanent collection,

Named a NC Living Treasure by UNC Wilmington, Cynthia Bringle has been a mainstay at Penland for over 40 years and has taught many of the potters in the state.


Mark Hewitt is well known for bending the traditions of NC & SC pottery into a compelling contemporary style, you can see the influence of Mark in the work of many potters across the state.


Reiko Miyagi of Studio Tabula Rasa creates beautiful black and white drawing with sgraffito on organic-shaped stoneware.


Ibrahim Said is inspired by ancient Egyptian shapes and the geometry of Islamic art, and has recently been recognized nationally, with his work appearing on the cover of Ceramics Monthly.


Akira Satake creates birch bark-like “kohiki” and wood fired sculptural and functional ceramics


Get your tickets now.

Come prepared to shop and support North Carolina artists

Tickets purchased before September 1 are $10. On the day of the event, tickets will be available at the entrance for $12 each. Children under 12 free. Your ticket also provides entry to the full collections of both the Mint Museum Randolph and Uptown for the rest of the day.


Saturday, September 8th from 10am – 4pm

2730 Randolph Road

Charlotte 28207



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