North Carolina Folklife

Every year, the North Carolina Folk Festival celebrates the music, crafts, and storytelling traditions that are thriving in our state.  Through performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations, the Festival shines a light on master artists from our region.

The 2018 Folklife Area showcases leading artists in North Carolina’s world-renowned pottery community.

The state’s legacy of ceramics dates back thousands of years, to the work of ancient Native craftspeople who developed techniques that are still evolving and blossoming in the hands of their modern descendants. Moravian potters around Salem created beautiful wares that were traded widely in the colonial South, and 18th- and 19th-century artisans in the Catawba Valley and around present-day Seagrove founded the pottery traditions that continue to thrive in the Piedmont and Sandhills today.

At this year’s North Carolina Folk Festival, outstanding North Carolina potters will demonstrate their artistry, and display and sell examples of their work. Among the artists will be North Carolina Heritage Award recipients, and other outstanding representatives of the ceramic traditions of Seagrove, the Catawba Valley, and American Indian communities. Engaging panel discussions and interviews will explore the creative inspiration and living heritage that make North Carolina one of the world’s great centers for the ceramic arts.



The 2018 North Carolina Folklife Demonstration Area is co-produced with the North Carolina Folklife Institute with support from the North Carolina Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts.



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