Workshops & Special Events
Raku Firings
Each Spring and Fall, Rising Sun Pottery hosts a Saturday raku firing. All students and area potters are invited. Everyone brings their pots and if there are enough potters attending, we have a pot luck lunch with Rising Sun providing the burgers and drinks. Otherwise, we "pizza" in! Fun is had by all as we make a day of raku, good food, and socializing. Our Spring Raku Saturday will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, and the Fall Raku Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Both events start at 11 AM.  Everyone is invited, so start making pots now for a day of fun, fire and smoke.

Our hand-building classes are always a great success with the classes full of eager and enthusiastic potters. Those who attend always come away satisfied with the knowledge learned and the pots made. We have plans for 
a hand building class in 2016 but have not 
settled on a date yet. Check back here in later
for more details. Classes are small and will be 
held on a Saturday.  Course fee includes lunch, 
snacks and drinks..  
Wildacres Retreat Conference Center Workshops
The July 4th week pottery retreat is held at Wildacres Retreat Conference Center, located in Little Switzerland, NC, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This workshop is a pottery retreat for
learning and socializing with other potters and making great pots. The studio is open 24 hours
Rising Sun provides a guest pottery instructor, and workshop leader Gary Lee is available to work with anyone who may want additional instruction. Gas cone 10, sagger and raku firings are available during the week. The workshop fee includes meals, lodging, firing fees, and instruction fees. The 2016 retreat was a great success with instructor Courtney Long, Professional Crafts Coordinator & Ceramics Director at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC, as our guest instructor. There were two cone 10 gas firings as well as several days of raku firing, sagger and horsehair firings, all which left everyone in awe of the beauty of their pots. The workshop results were beautiful, presenter Courtney Long awesome, the margaritas cold and the weather, well it was great. ​
For 2017, our 20th Annual "it was a dark and stormy night pottery guild" workshop will be held Sunday, July 2 through Saturday, July 8, 2017. Cost is $435.00 and includes lodging, meals, and all fees. Once again, our 2017 guest instructor will be Courtney Long, who will be back for an encore presentation. Call for space availability and visit for more information about her work.

The September workshop is a true retreat for potters who are looking for a week away from the everyday distractions at home. Gary offers instruction to improve any weak areas you may have and for you to learn new methods in throwing. Or if you are just looking for a workshop to "throw your life away" for a week in the beautiful setting of the North Carolina mountains. There will be a gas cone 10 firing and raku firings are available during the week along with instruction how to fire these kilns. Our 2017, 7th Annual Fall meeting of the "it was a dark & stormy night pottery guild" will be held Monday, September 4 through Sunday, September 10, 2017. Cost will be $420.00 which includes meals, lodging, firing fees and instruction. Call or e-mail for space availability. This workshop is limited to 14 attendees.  

Rising Sun Pottery also helps organize potters who wish to attend the Wildacres annual Spring and Fall Artist Gatherings. In addition, Gary manages the studio during this week so if you need help with anything it is available. There is cone 10 gas firings, sagger firings and Raku firing during these weeks. This event gives potters the experience of socializing with artists from other media fields: painters, jewelry makers, nature printers, and writers to name a few. The date for the 2017 Spring Artist Gathering at Wildacres has been set for the week of Monday, May 17 through Sunday, May 23, 2017. The Wildacres Retreat Fall Artist Gathering date is October 23-29, 2017. The cost per person is $360.00, and no checks accepted postmarked before July 1, 2017 will be accepted. The cost includes lodging(double occupancy), meals, gratuities, firing fees and other mountaintop activities during the week. Go to for the application form and details or e-mail Rising Sun Pottery. Artists of any medium are welcome including potters, painters, quilters, jewelry making, nature printing, writing, musicians, etc.
a day during your stay. In addition, take time to enjoy the Wildacres experience by taking advantage of the many quiet places, fabulous views, and the many hiking trails located on the property. Wildacres is on top of a mountain, so there is not much to do except what you are there for. No TV, radio, newspapers and sparse cell phone coverage minimize distractions. If you wish, take a half-day "road trip" to a local pottery studio or visit Penland Craft School which is only 30 minutes away.  
Make "BIG" pots
Every few years we have a "BIG" pots workshop, a two-day challenge to 
make big pots from thrown sections. Check back for the date and time for 
the next "BIG" pots workshop.

Spring Mug Sale - Mugathon
Our 20th Annual spring "mugs for mutts and cups for cats" benefit for the 
Humane Society of Lincoln County will be held April 11, 2017. Our 19th
Annual sale in 2016 was a great success. We sold 201 mugs including 10 
collector face mugs donated by Wendy Edwards and Tina Davis. Our
thanks as always to all the Rising Sun students and potters who made and
 donated mugs for the 2016 event and for providing all the delicious homemade 
desserts in addition to all the Humane Society of Lincoln County volunteers who 
helped make this such a special day for the dogs and cats. Please join us on April 
11, 2017 for our 20th year of selling mugs/cups to help the cats and dogs of Lincoln 
County. 70% of the gross proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Lincoln County.

Fall Empty Bowl Soup Benefit
The 20th Annual Empty Bowl benefit for Hospice Palliative Care of Lincoln County will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 5 PM. Our 19th Annual Benefit in October 2016 was an overwhelming success as we sold 326 bowls in about 2 hours. What a great outpouring of support from our community for Hospice in Lincoln County. The bowls are made by RSP students and instructors. Rising Sun volunteers make wonderful soups in-house, and they, along with RSP students and Hospice volunteers donate delicious desserts and hours of their time. 70% of the gross proceeds benefit Hospice Palliative Care of Lincoln County.
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