The American Pottery Festival weekend always, always, gives us new reasons to appreciate the artists and all of you who support them during the weekend, and this year was no different. Far from a simple fundraiser, this event brought with it waves of talent, curiosity, inspiration, and seemingly endless acts of generosity. For the first time since 2019, we were able to invite the artists to visit us in person, and for all those who attended, the magic in the air was palpable.
- Of the 23 invited artists on this year’s roster, 22 offered virtual lectures or hybrid demonstrations and workshops to over 200 total participants from all over the country and world;
- For this year’s APF artists, the NCC staff produced a Cocktail Party, catered by Nettie Colón of Red Hen Gastrolab, and a Potters’ Pizza Party with the help of two wonderful volunteers;
- This year saw the return of volunteers in the building to help clean the building to optimum shininess, paint pedestals, prep lunches, wrap purchases, and more!
For the NCC Crew that remains at the venue after the weekend, while everyone turns off their Zoom cameras or heads back home into their everyday lives, there are endless memories and a deep well of gratitude for the contributions of so many artists, collectors, supporters, and others. A special thank you goes out to those artists who said yes to our invitation and trusted us to represent them well. The event might be over, but we are all still recounting conversations and new friends and sending our deepest respect and genuine thanks to those who joined us this year in any way!
We are already well on our way to planning 2023 APF—be sure to mark your calendars for September 8 – 10! Yes! We hope to bring back the artists, volunteers, and public parties like the days of yore (2019)!