Annual kiln opening celebration Oct. 14

Published 3:51 pm Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Little Mountain Festival, an annual kiln opening celebration complete with guest artists and live mountain music, has been held every October at Little Mountain Pottery for 42 years.

Claude and Elaine Graves founded Little Mountain Pottery in 1973 and curated the annual event until they retired a few years ago. When Tyson Graham moved to Tryon with his wife Darby to work in the Graves’ studio, they knew they wanted to carry on the wonderful tradition. This year will mark the third year that the Grahams have hosted the event.

The festival centers around the rustic pottery studio where Graham’s latest work 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 jams throughout the day.

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The highlights of the event on Saturday, Oct. 14 include a kiln opening at 11 a.m., when Graham will unveil his latest batch 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. The event is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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 or call 828-817-5741.

– submitted by Tyson Graham