Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
May 22, 2020 to May 23, 2020
Franklin, NC
Application Dates
Oct 24 '19 to Jan 31 '20
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Late Application Dates
Feb 1 - Feb 15, 2020
Late Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Feb 21, 2020



Cowee Valley Pottery Festival

May 22-23, 2020

Event Dates: May 22-23, 2020  •  Registration Open: October 24, 2019
Deadline: January 31, 2020  •  Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2020

Application Fee: $25


The Cowee Pottery School, festival promoter, is nestled
in the beautiful Cowee Valley in Franklin, North Carolina.

The first annual Cowee Valley Pottery Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, 2020,
Memorial Day weekend.

Events will include:

Friday 6 - 9pm
Meet the Artist private exhibit and silent auction of your finest works


Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sales on the Green



Artists are encouraged to attend an invitation-only VIP private exhibit and sale on Friday evening, May 22. This event will include artist meet & greets and a silent auction with canapes and beverages, providing you with an opportunity to show and sell your most exceptional work.

Arrangements will be made, to the best of our ability, to provide artists with housing during the festival. This will include private homes, camping and hotel discounts.

Juried Show
Once the jury process is complete, all artists will be notified of standing by January 15. Payment of booth fee ($125) will be due no later than February 15. Cancel with refund no later than March 15, 2020.

All potters will be eligible for Customer’s Choice cash awards, including Best Booth/Display, Most Informative Potter and Most Beautiful Work.

Pottery Sale
Each artist will receive a 10x20 booth space, which provides ample storage behind tent space. In the event of rain, the sale will move indoors. Artists will need to provide their own tent and fixtures. There will be onsite security after show hours. Please submit a photo example of your booth setup when submitting your application & photos of your work. Commissions to the promotors of 20% on Friday night reception sales only. All other sales are commission free.

Key Dates

  • October 10 – Entry opens
  • January 31 – Application deadline
  • February 15 – Late application deadline (additional fee)
  • February 28 – Booth payment due
  • March 15 – Last day to cancel with full refund
  • May 22 – Registration and setup for pottery show/sale opens
  • May 22 – Exhibit of 1-5 pieces set up by 4pm for Meet the Artist exhibit
  • May 22 – Preview event/reception 6-9pm
  • May 23 – Pottery Sale 10am-4pm