On Saturday, September 5th, the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center held their 12th annual Folk Pottery Show and Arts Festival. The festival had to be scaled back a bit, but the experience they provided for extraordinary.
During the day, patrons were able to meet local potters and artists and were encouraged to participate in voting on their favorite art displays. And the music of Georgia band Bittersweet kept the entire event festive. Bittersweet performed on the outdoor stage and played a mix of blue grass, gospel, and old-time music.
I always enjoy having the opportunity to talk with the artists personally and thoroughly enjoyed conversations with potters and painters at the festival. It as the work of potter Aubrey Lewallen that most called to me personally. Aubrey is a self-taught potter who’s only been working with clay for four years. Yet, he was invited to display his pottery last year next to long-time, seasoned potters. He admits that the opportunity was a little daunting. Aubrey has chosen not to work as a potter’s apprentice, as is customary, so he can truly listen to his own creative voice. Aubrey describes his process as completely trial and error, and sometimes his creations even surprise him. Aubrey resides in Lula and works full time when he’s not creating.
All CDC guidelines were followed, including temperature checks upon entrance and masks being worn. The Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center continues to exceed CDC guidelines to keep staff, artists, and patrons safe.