Potter Mark Issenberg and a few of his artist friends will take part in the ninth annual Holiday Sale and Kiln Opening this weekend at Lookout Mountain Pottery in Rising Fawn, Ga. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16.
"I will open the kiln at noon on Saturday, and folks can come help me unload the kiln and get first pick of the new pots -- warm pots fresh from the kiln," Issenberg says.
In addition to creating functional pieces for everyday use, Issenberg says he has been "going a bit folksy and have made face jugs and piggy banks." His pottery is distinctive for his use of ash glazes, creating "subtle earthy tones."
Textile artist Bonnie Cayce of Cayce Creations says she will be selling decorative and functional pieces in the show. She recycles and reuses vintage and ethnic fabrics for her works, which "lean toward the whimsical," she says. Nature, spirituality and travel are major influences in her work.
Becky Braddock, potter and fiber artist, hand-builds and hand-throws functional pottery, decorating the pieces with bird theme sculpture. She also recycles sweaters and other woolens into one-of-a-kind purses.
Jim Holcomb is a glass artist who will showcase his hand-cut glass crystals.
Lookout Mountain Pottery is at 3005 Plum Nelly Road, near Cloudland Canyon State Park. For more information, call 706-398-3232 or visit lookoutmountainpottery.com.