2023 25th Annual American Pottery Festival Review

The American Pottery Festival weekend always, always, gives us new reasons to appreciate artists and all of you who support them during the weekend. This year was especially wonderful because NCC was finally able to host a full-blown slate of weekend events. 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 host a happy and entertaining Opening Night on Friday—and for all those who attended, the fun in the air was palpable.

  • Of the 25 invited artists on this year’s roster, 19 attended in person and 18 offered lectures, demonstrations, or workshops to over 200 total participants from all over the country.
  • For this year’s APF artists, the NCC staff produced a Welcome Cocktail Party, catered by Nettie Colón of Red Hen Gastrolab, a public Opening Night Party, and a Thank You Pizza Party.
  • This year saw the return of volunteers in the building to help clean the building to optimum shininess, paint pedestals, prep menus, wrap purchases, and more!

For the NCC crew that remains at the venue after the weekend—while our visiting artists and guests head 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 who volunteered this year, whether it was time, donations, talent, or all of the above, we know we can only host this level of event with your generosity. APF 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 2024 APF—be sure to mark your calendars for September 6  –  8! So, start planning those Opening Night outfits…