Dear 2024 Friends of Sally Jones Pottery and Currie Craft Center,

We are happy you are ready to start the summer! Beginning in June, you will be able to sign up and pay online the Friday before the new week of 2024 classes. The schedule and link will be posted on Montreat's website and our Facebook page.  See links below.

The 2024 summer season will run from June 3 through August 3 for nine weeks of classes.

Link to register and pay for classes, will be available Fridays at 9am during the summer.

We are excited about the upcoming clay classes, painting, glass fusing, fabric arts and mosaic opportunities! This is year 50 for the Sally Jones Pottery, and we will be celebrating all summer. Feel free to contact us with questions, needs, and ideas. Yay clay!

Ann Laird Jones, Director of Arts Ministry, 662-347-3614 (cell)Nancy Hyde, Arts Admin, 706-809-7301 (cell)Gatewood Campbell, Assistant Arts Admin, 704-942-0844 (cell)

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.

About the Craft Center

Elderly woman throwing a vase at the Currie Craft Center.

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.