The Raven Ridge Potters and Nita Fleming of Roan Mountain will make their first appearance at the 37th Annual Mountain Makins Festival at the Rose Center in Morristown this weekend, Oct. 27 and 28.
Husband and wife team, David Fenner and Gloria Baird, are the Raven Ridge potters. Fenner uses the potter’s wheel to create his work, while Baird molds hand-built work. They have been pursing their art for more than a decade and show their work at area festivals.
Fleming, a potter and friend of Fenner and Baird, will be showing her work with them. She uses leaves, tree bark and a variety of flowers to adorn her hand-built functional serving pieces for the table.
Rose Center is Morristown’s signature landmark and the Mountain Makins Festival is its largest event. Over 60 juried artists and craft artists will have their work for sale in the building and on the grounds. Storytellers and demonstrators of such traditional mountain crafts such as hide tanning, broom making, blacksmithing, woodturning and basket weaving will be adding to the fun both days. Live music will be performed from two stages throughout the weekend, and area dance groups will also perform.
Games, crafts and activities, especially for children, are a favorite part of the festivities.
The Mountain Makins Festivals is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 years of age, and children younger than six will be admitted free.
The Rose Center is located at 442 W. Second N. St., Morristown.