Open house features pottery in time for holiday shopping

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The 75 potters from around the region who work weekly at Finch Pottery in Bailey spend all year preparing for this Sunday’s annual open house

The event draws crowds of more than 6,000 people to Dan Finch’s farm on N.C. 581.

Finch said the open house has been going on for at least 20 years and has grown more and more with each passing year.

Finch said the open house began as a way for his students to sell the pieces they have spent so much time working on.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see all the great pieces for sale,” he said. “It also is a good time for those shopping to pick up reasonably priced Christmas gifts.”

This year there will be 60 booths selling their functional and sculptural pottery, jewelry and other crafts. There will also be food provided by Finch’s son and daughter-in-law, live music from Southern Star Band and pottery demonstrations.

Children can also visit Santa’s Workshop and families have the opportunity to glaze a vase and have it fired for $20. There will also be bluebird boxes and blueberry bushes for sale.

Finch’s work will also be for sale in his display building.

There is no admission charge for the open house. Vendors will be lined up in the greenhouses completely covered, so the event can go on rain or shine.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.