May 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2022

This exciting 3 day weekend will include Pottery Demonstrations and Lecture by nationally recognized artist Bill Jones on Friday and Saturday, an exhibition and pottery sale of over 50 potters from around the State, an exhibition of Master Works from Private Ceramics Collections. A closing lecture will be given by Lawrence McElroy detailing historic pottery production in Northwest Arkansas, followed by a cookout and potluck Saturday Night. Vendor booths will include the Clay Bank, and Dickson Street Bookstore. We are also partnering with the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks for a Flower Pot and Plant Sale Fundraiser, with a wide selection of affordable handmade planters and locally grown plants. Buy a Planter, get a free Plant for a great Mother’s Day Gift! Concurrent events will include the UARK Ceramics Student Sale and Exhibition, and tours of the Historic Cane Hill Museum.

Sunday guests are invited to meet at the Historic Cane Hill Museum at 10 a.m. for a tour, followed by a site visit to the J.D. Wilbur Kiln excavation project, a pottery dating to the mid 1800’s. Lawrence McElroy and Jared Pebworth of the Arkansas Archeological Society will present information about the historic site. Following this, tours of the University of Arkansas Museum’s extensive collection of ceramics and pottery will be given in the afternoon.

Thrown pottery: pot with lid
Bill Jones artist profile
Pottery of artist Bill Jones

Bill Jones, Visiting Artist

Master Potter, Artist, and Lecturer

Bill Jones grew up in Bucks County, PA and studied architecture and design at Lehigh University and the University of Michigan. After a change of direction and an extended stretch in the pottery studio at Penland School of Craft, he moved to North Carolina to begin a 2 year apprenticeship in Seagrove. Bill now lives and works in Greensboro, NC where he balances his studio practice with teaching and production work.

Artist Statement:

I grew up in an old stone house and from an early age found beauty in simple articulations of material. A loosely laid stone wall, a sketch done with a finger in damp sand, the haphazard stability of a quickly erected structure. As a potter, I work with simple materials and methods in a constant attempt to channel this same beauty.

My pots are a fusion of my education in architecture and my formal training in the leach/cardew tradition of functional pottery. Old british and moravian slipware, the brutalist concrete forms of late modernist architecture, quick drawings that articulate big ideas – these are the sort of things that continue to bring me inspiration.

I thoroughly believe that to make something well, all else must be laid aside. I learned this most effectively from long hours spent learning to throw at the wheel during my apprenticeship in rural North Carolina. It was only after internalizing the traditional forms I was striving to make that I could start to breathe life into them. I now see each pot as an attempt to realize the form in my head – the fact that these attempts are never wholly successful is endlessly reassuring. The work is never done and the beauty is in the trying.

Lawrence McElroy, Cane Hill Museum Director
Historic Cane Hill logo
Men of Earth, History of Northwest Arkansas Potters

Lawrence McElroy, Guest Lecturer

Director of Arts & Curator, Historic Cane Hill Museum

Arkansas native Lawrence McElroy currently serves as the Director of Arts & Culture, and Museum Curator, for Historic Cane Hill, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of western Washington County. McElroy also oversees the gallery space in Cane Hill and is responsible for gallery exhibition research, design, and installation. McElroy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Memphis College of Art, and a Master of Arts degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. McElroy has returned to the world of art and culture after a three-decade detour into the field of medicine.

The rich history of northwest Arkansas, and Cane Hill in particular, fuels McElroy’s passion for historical research and exhibition development. McElroy’s goal is to produce interesting and meaningful opportunities for the public that will result in long-term, positive impact.

McElroy is also an award-winning artist, working primarily in oil on canvas in the field of figurative realism, and maintains a studio in Cane Hill.

Pottery by Chase Wilson
Pottery by Chase Wilson
Pottery by Chase Wilson
Pottery by Newt Lale of Ozarks Pottery
Pottery by Sam Dowd of Dowd House
Pottery by artist Adam Posnak
Pottery by artist Adam Posnak
Pottery by artist Adam Posnak
Pottery by artist Fletcher Larkin
Pottery by artist Fletcher Larkin
Pottery by artist Fletcher Larkin
Pottery by artist Jenny Dowd of Dowd House
Pottery by artist Stephen Driver
Pottery by artist Stephen Driver
Pottery by artist Stephen Driver
Pottery by Dale and Liane Maddox- Old Dog Pottery - Petit Jean AR
Pottery by Dale and Liane Maddox- Old Dog Pottery -Petit Jean AR
Pottery by Dale and Liane Maddox- Old Dog Pottery -Petit Jean AR
Pottery by Jenny Dowd, Dowd House Studio
Pottery by Jenny Dowd, Dowd House Studio
Stack of Mugs by pottery artist Hana Maufe
Decorative Plate by pottery artist Hana Maufe
Vases by Artist Dave Estok
Vases by Artist Dave Estok
Vases by Artist Dave Estok
Pottery of artist Diane Arbon Paredes
Pottery of artist Diane Arbon Paredes
Art Plate by pottery artist Tres Blue Studio
Art Jar by pottery artist Tres Blue Studio
Art Jar by pottery artist Tres Blue Studio
Ceramic Sculpture by Fox Pass Pottery
Ceramic Plate by Fox Pass Pottery
Platter by Artist Robin Skochova
Plate by Artist Robin Skochova
Server by Artist Robin Skochova
Mug by Artist Greg Hall
Mugs by Artist Greg Hall
Mug by Artist Greg Hall

Festival Itinerary:

Thursday, May 5: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM — Exhibitors set up of exhibitions, last day for pottery drop off

Friday, May 6

9:00 AM:

  • Doors Open
  • Coffee & Refreshments
  • Morning Announcements

10:00 AM:

  • Bill Jones
  • Pottery Demonstrations

12:30 – 4:30 PM:

  • Bill Jones
  • Pottery Demonstrations

5:45 PM:

  • Door Prize Drawing

6:00 PM:

  • Artist Lecture

ALL DAY:

  • APF Sale & Exhibition in McCoy Gallery: Flowerpot & Plant Sale Fundraiser with Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Saturday, May 7

9:00 AM:

  • Doors Open
  • Coffee & Refreshments
  • Morning Announcements

10:00 AM:

  • Bill Jones
  • Pottery Demonstrations

12:00 PM:

  • Door Prize Drawing

12:30 – 4:30 PM:

  • Bill Jones
  • Pottery Demonstrations

5:00 PM:

  • Grand Prize Drawing

6:00 PM:

  • Keynote Lecture: Lawrence McElroy – Men of Earth: 19th Century Potters of Northwest Arkansas

7:00 PM

  • Potters’ Pot-Luck & Cook-out
  • Music by Adam Posnak

ALL DAY:

  • APF Sale & Exhibition in McCoy Gallery
  • Flowerpot & Plant Sale Fundraiser with Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Sunday, May 8

10:00 AM:

  • Visit Historic Cane Hill Museum

2:00 PM:

  • Visit University of Arkansas Museum

4:00 PM:

  • Pottery Pick-up

ALL DAY:

  • APF Sale & Exhibition in McCoy Gallery
  • Flowerpot & Plant Sale Fundraiser with Botanical of the Ozarks
Arkansas Pottery Festival Vendor Layout Diagram

Festival Sponsors:

Historic Cane Hill logo
University of Arkansas Museum
Experience Fayetteville sponsor logo
Walmart Neighborhood Market logo
The Clay Bank logo
Cumulus Media sponsor logo
Dickson Street Book Shop logo
Arvest Bank Group logo
Amaco brent Pottery Supplies logo
Graduate Hotel Fayetteville logo
U of A Art School logo
KUAF Radio logo
Radio Station Power 105.7 logo
Radio Station Nash 94.3 logo
Radio 94.9 Jon/Deek logo
Jammin Java coffee shop logo
George's Majestic Lounge logo