Open June through early August, the Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery offer transformative experiences to hundreds of annual visitors during the summer months. Guests of all ages rediscover their creative spark at the potter's wheel and hand building tables, or in a number of class offerings featuring renowned artisans.

Classes are reserved for persons 12 and older. Class limits apply.

Adult Craft Classes

Summer in Montreat brings a variety of art and craft classes offered at the Currie Craft Center. All materials will be provided and are included in the class fee, unless specified otherwise.

Pottery Classes

Join us in the Sally Jones Pottery Studio and create masterpieces from stoneware clay. Open during the summer months. Classes include both wheel and hand-building, and you'll be guided through the process from beginning to end, all the way to glazed, finished pots.


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Masks

Masks must be worn while inside the building.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)

Monday–
Tuesday
9:00 am–12:00 pm
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm–5:30 pm - Glazing
Craft Classes
Friday Normally closed
Saturday 8:00 am–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm

Costs

Clay Canteen 3lb Chunk: $6.00
Yay Clay! Box: $6.00
Glaze $8.00/lb
Classes Fees vary. See class descriptions.

Glazing

Glazing of pottery is on Thursdays. You must be 12 or older. Please sign up for a slot at the craft shop.

Clay Canteen

Open Monday -Wednesday. Come buy your clay at the "Clay Canteen" to take home and play! Located in front of the craft building, YAYCLAY boxes, or 3lb chunks of clay available for $6. Return masterpieces Wednesday by 11am to have fired.

Pottery Pickup

Saturdays, 8:00 am–11:00 am

Thank You!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for a wonderful summer at Sally Jones Pottery/Currie Craft Center. We are happy you were here with us and look forward to another summer of creating and fun! If you have thoughts on classes you would like for us to offer, please write Ann Laird Jones at annlairdj55@gmail.com.

To support the work and ministry of SJP/CCC, we welcome your donations to the Marilyn Jones Endowment or the Sally Jones Pottery Endowment through the Montreat Conference Center.

With deepest gratitude,

Ann Laird Jones and the pottery staff

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Check us out on Facebook and Instagram for photos of what we're making and updates to classes and schedules.

Sign Up, Class Sizes Limited

Come by the pottery and sign up, or email montreatpottery@gmail.com to reserve your spot. If you have questions about the classes please email us. For other questions you may email us or call Nancy Hyde 678.472.1292 or Ann Laird Jones 662.347.3614.

Class sign up sheets are available Friday afternoon on the table outside the door. If you are traveling to Montreat feel free to email or call us, and we will gladly reserve a class spot for you! Reserved spots will be forfeited after 10 minutes past class start time.
Cash or check only.

Classes are reserved for persons 12 and older. Class limits apply.

Please know, when you sign up and commit to a class, you have reserved one of a limited number of spots. If you need to cancel, please call us to release your spot to another eager participant.


Class Time Class Name
Monday, August 02, 2021
9:00am Thrown Pouring Bowls
(1 of 2 days)
9:00am Thrown Decorated Mugs (1 of 2 days)
9:00am Independent Throwing
(Experience necessary. 1 of 2 days)
9:00am Independent Handbuilding
9:00am Montreat Memorabilia
9:00am Butter Dishes & Little Trays
2:00pm Thrown Entertainment Cup Set (1 of 2 days)
2:00pm Thrown Bowls-Berry, Planter, Cereal, & More (1 of 2 days)
2:00pm

Independent Throwing
(Experience necessary. 1 of 2 days)

2:00pm Independent Handbuilding
2:00pm Handbuilt Mugs
2:00pm Painted Trays
2:00pm Fused Glass & More!
2:00pm Genealogy-Find Those Relatives! (1 of 2 days)
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
9:00am Thrown Pouring Bowls (2 of 2 days)
9:00am Thown Decorated Mugs (2 of 2 days)
9:00am Independent Throwing
(Experience necessary. 2 of 2 days)
9:00am Independent Handbuilding
9:00am Soap Dish/Toothbrush Holder
9:00am Handbuilt Boxes
2:00pm Thrown Entertainment Cup Set (2 of 2 days)
2:00pm Thrown Bowls-Berry, Planter, Cereal, & More (2 of 2 days)
2:00pm Independent Throwing
(Experience necessary. 2 of 2 days)
2:00pm Independent Handbuilding
2:00pm Handbuilt Mugs
2:00pm Kid's Clay–Food Fun
(Ages 5-12 with adult supervision.)
2:00pm Fused Glass & More!
2:00pm Genealogy-Find Those Relatives! (2 of 2 days)
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
9:00am Independent Handbuilding
9:00am Fairy Garden Birdhouse & Birdbath
9:30am–11:15am Outside Demo
2:00pm Pottery Closed
Thursday, August 05, 2021
2:00pm GLAZE DAY. Pay today.

Class Descriptions

Class Name Cost Class Size
Thrown Pouring Bowls $15.00 5
Taught by Ann Jones. Throw a bowl with a spout and handle big enough for pancake batter.
Thrown Decorated Mugs $15.00 5
Taught by Christina Carlisle. Throw a mug then decorate with sgraffito or slip trailing.
Independent Throwing, (Experience necessary) $15.00 4
Throwing experience necessary. Taught by Lucy Hazlehurst. Come work on the pottery wheel at your own pace.
Independent Handbuilding $15.00 8

Monday and Tuesday: You will receive a 3lb slab or chunk of clay.
Small Items Wednesday: You will receive a 1.5lb slab or chunk of clay.

You will have use of pottery tools and have a teacher to help you through the process. Additional clay is available for purchase.

Montreat Memorabilia $15.00 8
Sarah Peters will help you create souvenirs to remember your Montreat summer. Make a Montreat gate with the rock accents, napkin holder, ornaments, pendants, and more.
Butter Dishes & Little Trays $15.00 8
Taught by Cathie Dodson. Create a butter dish or little tray decorated with textures, underglazes, and more.
Thrown Entertainment Cup Set $15.00 5
Taught by Cooper Harrison. Throw the basic cylinder and create carved juice glasses or water cups.
Thrown Bowls–Berry, Planter, Cereal & More $15.00 5
Taught by Christina Carlisle. Learn the basics from centering the clay to pulling up the walls and more! Create a berry bowl, planter, cereal bowl, and more.
Handbuilt Mugs $15.00 8
Cathie Dodson will guide you through the process of handbuilding a textured mug that is both beautiful and functional.
Painted Trays $15.00 8
Taught by Sarah Peters. Paint your favorite scene on a clay tray.
Fused Glass & More! $25+ 10
Design earrings, a cheese tray, coaster, swizzle stick, bowls, and more.
Genealogy–Find Those Relatives! $20.00 4
Righton McCallum will take you through the process of tracing your past, finding the deep, dark secrets of your family!
Thrown Decorated Mugs $15.00 5
Taught by Christina Carlisle. Throw a mug then decorate it with sgraffito or slip trailing.
Soap Dish/Toothbrush Holder $15.00 8
Taught by Sarah Peters. Handbuild bath accessories and add your personal touch with texture and underglazes.
Handbuilt Boxes $15.00 8
Taught by Cathie Dodson. Handbuild your box and add textures and drama!
Kid's Clay- Food Fun. Ages 5-12 with adult supervision. $15.00 8
Ages 5-12 with adult supervision. Taught by Sarah Peters. Make a clay pizza, doughnut, or whatever food you dream up, then paint with colored slip.
Fairy Garden Birdhouse & Birdbath $15.00 8
Taught by Cathie Dodson. Handbuild little garden birdhouses and birdbaths for your fairy garden.
Outside Demo FREE 0
Outside demo with Lucy Hazlehurst!
Pottery Closed $0.00 0
The pottery closes Wednesday at noon and reopens for glazing on Thursday at 2pm. Pottery pick up is Saturday 8-11am.
GLAZE DAY. Pay today. $8 lb 0
Sign up for a glazing time slot. You will pay $8 lb to glaze your bisquewear and will pay Thursday. Cash or check only. NO IOUs.

Artists-in-Residence

Kay Clegg, Lisa Galloway, and Carol Wilhelmi are our resident fused glass team. They are from Florida, South Carolina, and Black Mountain.

Righton McCallum is a retired teacher who has continued to educate through the Road Scholar program here in Montreat. She is a fourth generation Montreater who has enjoyed the Sally Jones Pottery since day one! She has written many articles and has two books of poetry about Montreat.

Your Pottery Staff include: Ann Laird Jones, Nancy Hyde, Cooper Harrison, Cathie Dodson, Sarah Peters, Anne Stone, Lucy McCullough, and Christina Carlisle.

Fall Craft Week

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About the Craft Center

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In 1974 Marilyn Jones, with the help of church volunteers, started the Upper Story, a pottery and craft co-op, sponsored by Montreat Conference Center. Marilyn, a longtime potter herself, taught in those early summers using one old kiln and her trusty wheel, “Big Blue.” She was joined by other artists and saw her vision become a true ministry at Montreat. In 1989, upon Marilyn’s retirement, Montreat renamed and dedicated the Sally Jones Pottery in memory of Marilyn’s daughter, Sally. The Wilbur Hoke Currie Craft Center was dedicated in memory of Mr. Currie in the summer of 1993. Most recently, in 2000, the Potters Porch was given in joyful memory of Mr. John C. Updike by his family.

Today, the downstairs portion of the craft center is used by the Montreat Clubs Program for arts and crafts each morning and for adult craft classes in the afternoon.

The upstairs is used to teach throwing and hand building classes, as well as sewing. Every summer renowned artists come to share their talents as potters in residence and artists in residence.

For more information during the summer months, please email montreatpottery@gmail.com, or contact Ann Laird Jones, Director of Arts Ministry at Montreat Conference Center at 662.347.3614 or email annlairdj55@gmail.com. Keep up with us on our Facebook page.