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Crafts & Pottery

Montreat Conference Center arts ministry

(Closed for season)

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, open to all persons 12 years and older. The Sally Jones Pottery is the upstairs portion at the Currie Craft Center. Clubs Crafts happen each morning, downstairs. We are located on Assembly Drive next to the Left Bank. See This Week in Montreat and www.facebook.com/SallyJonesPottery for weekly class offerings.

Montreat Conference Center potteryPottery Classes

During the summer months, join us in the pottery studio 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: 8:30 am-12:00 noon, 2:00-5:00 pm, 7:00-8:45 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 am-12:00 noon, 2:00-5:00 pm, 7:00-8:45 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: Pottery glazing – 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Saturday: Pick up your finished pottery – 8:00-11:00 am

All materials will be provided. Clay costs: clay ($1/lb.) and firing charges ($7.00/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. Limits in some classes.

Open Studio Pottery

During the summer, open studio pottery (for persons 12 and older) will be available every Monday & Tuesday 7;00 pm-8:45 pm, with glazing Thursday 2 pm-5:30 pm.

Yay Clay Boxes

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. Youth groups may also purchase clay to use in back home groups. Return all clay pieces by Wednesday noon for firing!

Montreat Conference Center craft classesAdult Craft Classes

Each summer, a variety of art and craft classes are offered at the craft center including 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: 8:30 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm, 7:00-8:45 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm, 7:00-8:45 pm
  • Wednesday: 2:00-4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 2:00-4:30 pm

Call 828.669.1052, or stop by and sign up for a class. Limits in some classes.

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 30 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 Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery in Montreat are open in the summer to persons of every age 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 828.669.1052.

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