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Crafts & Pottery

Montreat Conference Center arts ministry

(Open June 4-August 3, 2018)

In the summer months, rediscover the creative spark within you, as well as new ideas for ministry at the potters wheel, or hand building tables, or in a number of class offerings featuring renowned artisans. The Currie Craft Center/Sally Jones Pottery is a ministry of Montreat Conference Center. The Sally Jones Pottery is the upstairs portion of the Currie Craft Center and is open to all persons 12 years of age and older. The downstairs portion of the craft center is used by the Montreat Clubs Program in the morning, and for adult craft classes in the afternoon.  The craft center is located on Assembly Drive next to the Left Bank building.

See This Week in Montreat and www.facebook.com/SallyJonesPottery for weekly class offerings.

Montreat Conference Center potteryPottery Classes

For persons 12 years and older

During the summer months, join us in the pottery studio (upstairs) during regular hours as you create masterpieces from stoneware clay. We will guide you through the process from beginning to end, all the way to glazed, finished pots. Classes include both wheel and handbuilding. Please see weekly editions of This Week at Montreat for class details and fees. Sign-up sheets are posted at the Craft Center. 

Summer Pottery Class Schedule:

  • Monday: 9:00 am-12:00 noon, 2:00-5:00 pm (closed in evening)
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am-12:00 noon, 2:00-5:00 pm (closed in evening)
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: 2:00-5:00 pm – Glaze Day
  • Friday: Pottery Closed
  • Saturday: 8:00-11:00 am – Pick up your finished pottery!

All materials will be provided. Clay costs: clay ($2 for 1 lb; $5 for 3 lb; $7 for 4 lb; $8 for 5 lb.) and firing charges ($8.00/lb., which covers glaze and two firings in the kiln per piece) will apply. Pay for clay as you use it; firing/glazing charges will be collected Thursday afternoon during glaze day, 2:00-5:00 pm. Class fees may apply.

Call 828.669.1052, or stop by and sign up for a class. Class limits apply.

Yay Clay Boxes

For all ages

Families are encouraged to purchase a clay kit with clay, tools, and instructions for $5, and enjoy working with clay together, at home or by the creek. If you wish to have work fired in the kilns, return your finished clay masterpieces to us before noon Wednesday, returning Thursday afternoon for glazing.

Montreat Conference Center craft classesAdult Craft Classes

For persons 12 years and older

Each summer, a variety of art and craft classes are offered at the craft center including pottery, glass fusing, sewing, knitting, felting, cooking, silk screen, printmaking, book arts, jewelry, painted floor cloths, silk painting, liturgical arts, watercolor, and writing. All materials will be provided and are included in the class fee, unless specified otherwise. Please see weekly editions of This Week at Montreat for class details and fees. Sign-up sheets are posted at the Craft Center.

Summer Craft Class Schedule:

  • Monday: 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday: 2:00-5:00 pm – Porch Painters

Call 828.669.1052, or stop by and sign up for a class. Class limits apply.

About the Craft Center

Montreat Conference CenterThe Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery are valuable components of the Montreat transformative experience known to hundreds of annual visitors. Over 40 years ago, Marilyn Jones, with the help of church volunteers started the Montreat Craft Shop Co-Op. Marilyn, a potter herself, taught in those early summers using one old kiln and her trusty wheel, “Big Blue.” She was joined by other crafts persons and saw her vision become a true ministry at Montreat. In 1989, upon Marilyn’s retirement, Montreat renamed and dedicated the Sally Jones Pottery in memory of Marilyn’s daughter, Sally.

The Wilbur Hoke Currie Craft Center was dedicated in memory of Mr. Currie in the summer of 1993. Most recently, in 2000, the Potters Porch was given in memory of Mr. John Updike.

Today, the downstairs portion of the craft center is used by the Montreat Clubs Program for arts & crafts each morning, and also for adult craft classes (12 years of age and older) in the afternoon. Sally Jones Pottery, upstairs in the craft center, offers classes that are open to persons 12 years of age and older to encourage and inspire creativity and imagination. We understand God’s presence in every form of artistic expression and support everyone’s gifts through visual arts, movement, music, and drama. We are a ministry of Montreat Conference Center.

For more information during the summer months, please call the craft shop at 828.669.1052 or email montreatpottery@gmail.com.

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