Little Mountain Festival features pottery, music

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Little Mountain Pottery studio

Little Mountain Pottery studio

Little Mountain Festival is the annual art and music gathering founded over 40 years ago by Claude and Elaine Graves of Little Mountain Pottery. When the Graves retired in 2014, Tyson Graham moved into their studio and now continues the tradition.

The festival, Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. centers around the rustic pottery studio where Graham’s latest redware and stoneware will be on display. Guest artists, including Beard Instruments of Rutherfordton, will exhibit their work outside the studio.

Every year musicians from across the Southeast converge at Little Mountain Festival to play impromptu old time, blues, bluegrass, and Celtic music throughout the day. The studio is located at 6148 Peniel Road, Tryon.

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The highlights of the event include a kiln opening at 11 a.m., when Graham will unveil his new line of gas-fired redware. This body of ceramic work is part of Graham’s ongoing endeavor to capture the essence of life in the foothills by exploring seasonal variations as they unfold in nature. Each piece is completely handmade and one of a kind.

With the arrival of fall comes fresh cool air, vibrant colors bursting from the trees, and an increased desire to celebrate the season. The Little Mountain Festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the art, music, and natural beauty of our unique region.

For more information, visit, Tyson Graham Pottery on Facebook, or call 803-960-1377.

– article submitted by Tyson Graham