Monday, August 19, 2013

Soda Chicks and Chet Annual Sale Labor Day Weekend 2013

The 11th annual “Soda Chicks and Chet” pottery home sale is an event coming to the mountains of Western North Carolina this Labor Day weekend, Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st. 

The open house highlights the work of five nationally known ceramic artists at Fork Mountain Pottery in Bakersville NC. Local potters Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin will host Matthew Metz from Alfred Station, NY, and Holly Walker from Randolph, VT. 

Matthew is well known for drawn and carved imagery using porcelain clay to accent his distinct and personal language. He is inspired by historical folk pottery and early American decorative arts such as quilts and face jugs. This is evident in his patterning and use of contrasting positive and negative design on each pot. 

 Holly, a former Yancey county potter, forms her earthenware pots by pinching up layers of coils using a hand-building technique that does not involve the potters wheel. Holly’s surfaces are layers of many colors of slips and glazes applied in an abstract painterly approach. 

The “ Soda Chicks”, Gay Smith and Suze Lindsay, use salt and baking soda to glaze the surfaces of their pots. Both “Chicks” have glaze palettes ranging from rich browns to brilliant turquoises to enticing greens. Kent McLaughlin (nicknamed Chet) also makes functional pottery for daily use glazed with high fire reds and yellows that reflect the fertile grounds surrounding his mountain home and studio.

It is a great gathering and celebration of the pot for clay lovers across the country. Come meet the potters, see a large selection of work from each one, nibble on yummy appetizers, and enjoy this mountain setting. 

Hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 10am to 5 pm on Sunday. 
 Go to: for more information about each potter, images of their work, and open house location.

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