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Get fired up for pottery with class at Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center

From Staff Reports

Alan Stegall produces and designs pottery for Stegall’s Stoneware in Erwin. (Contributed photo)

Experience the Functional Artways of Appalachia with Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center and Stegall’s Stoneware Pottery on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as you learn the art of pottery making. The event will be held at the Town of Unicoi Visitor Information Center at 106 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi.

This is the ninth event to be held as part of Tanasi’s one-year project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Functional Artways” refers to art that is both beautiful and created to be useful. In the coming months, Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center will host events exploring basketry and wood carving and providing you with the opportunity to meet professional artists, learn new skills, and create memories to last a lifetime.

At the pottery event, you will see various continuous demonstrations of clay pottery making. Finished products will also be available for viewing once you’ve seen the demonstrations at multiple stages in the process.

Stegall’s Stoneware produces a line of functional stoneware pottery designed by Alan & Nancy Stegall. While stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Hawaii the couple spent some time in the base hobby shop, where they quickly decided they wanted to design and make their own pieces. While pursuing careers in computer science and nursing, working with clay continued to be a part of their daily life. When Alan retired, their dream of producing functional pottery at their home in the mountains of East Tennessee came true. The clean, simple pieces they produce are accented with colored, non-toxic glazes and stains and designs reflecting the landscape of their lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Register to attend this free event by visiting Pre-registration is recommended but not required. If you need hearing, vision, or Spanish language translation assistance, please fill out the appropriate field in the registration form and your needs will be met at the event.

Do you have a particular interest in pottery, need service hours, or just want to help out? You can help with project planning, event set-up, photography, and much more. All event volunteers will receive a shout-out on our website and social media outlets as well as be invited to an appreciation party at the end of the year-long project in August 2018. Sign up to be a volunteer at

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