The Downtown Development Association (DDA) and the City of Lincolnton are proud to announce the second installment of ‘Pots on Parade’ has been completed. Ten life-sized face jugs are now on display along East Main Street in downtown Lincolnton.
The jug forms were crafted by local potter, Luke Heafner; each piece was given a distinct face by local potters which included, Steve Abee, Michel Bayne, Wendy Edwards, Michelle Flowers, Sybil Hedspeth, Charles Lisk, Kathy Richards and Jeff Young. Potters making faces were selected on a first come, first serve basis following a request for proposals issued by the Pots on Parade work group.
“It was really cool working with all these local potters to put the faces on the jugs, said Luke Heafner. We have a great pottery tradition in the area and lots of talented potters making pots today.”
Local businesses were sought to sponsor each of the face jugs. Piedmont Companies is the title sponsor of the initiative. Pot sponsors are Dedmond Family Dentistry, First Federal Savings Bank, King’s Office Supply, Inc., Jack Lassiter, DDS, Sherrill, Blake & Harrison, CPA PA and Tim Blackburn. Artist sponsors are Friends of the Historic Properties Commission, Becky Reavis, PhD, Mr. and Mrs. Rondel Burke and Mary Whisonant.
“We appreciate the support of City Council and our businesses and individual sponsors, said Brad Guth, Business and Community Development Director. After the first phase was sponsored by a grant from the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the City stepped up and provided seed money to make this next phase a reality. Lots of community-minded individuals and businesses associated their names with this project.”
The next phase will include four more face jugs in the three hundred block of East Main Street. The existing pots will be auctioned off and new pots will be installed on a regular, rotating basis. Proceeds from the Pots on Parade public art and tourism initiative will go to promote this history and culture of the pottery making tradition in the Catawba Valley and revive interest in the Catawba Valley Pottery Center (CVPC).
If you would like to contribute to the cause please contact the DDA office at (704) 736-8915 or visit the Pots on Parade Facebook Page to donate online.