One of the best things about visiting a new place is discovering what makes it unique. While some travelers love to sample local cuisine, others prefer to spend their time exploring the natural beauty of their destination. At the Orchard Inn, we believe that Asheville is the best place for an art-loving traveler to vacation. As a haven for creators, the Asheville area is home to some of the coolest pottery studios in North Carolina. Check out our complimentary vacation guide to learn more about what Western North Carolina has to offer!
Where to Find the Best Pottery in Asheville, North Carolina
1. Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery
Located just 5 minutes away from the Orchard Inn in downtown Saluda, Heartwood Gallery dedicates themselves to showing only handmade items. The gallery opened in 1985 and is committed to showcasing beautiful pottery made from the heart. Their expert artists work with many different mediums, including clay, glass, fabrics, metal, and wood. Make sure to stop by in-person, as their inventory of unique pieces changes almost every day!
2. The Village Potters
Looking for a group of all-female potters in the heart of Asheville’s River District? Well, we found one for you! The Village Potters have three exquisite on-site galleries, giving tourists ample opportunity to view their contemporary ceramics. If you’re interested in learning more about North Carolina pottery and participating in the ceramics process, they even offer special Raku Saturday workshops. These classes offer a crazy and fun kiln-firing experience for avid potters to learn more tricks of the trade.
3. Squeaky Wheel Pottery
A wonderful collection of creatives can be found in one place: Squeaky Wheel Pottery. In addition to being home to 20 potter studios, Squeaky Wheel also features the work showcases of these talented craftsmen. Visit the artists’ workshops, ask questions, and learn about the pottery-making process. Spend an afternoon strolling through the diverse studios of talented artists. You can even watch as they create stunning pottery available for you to take home!
4. Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center
Inspiring galleries, daily craft demonstrations, holiday fairs ‒ the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center has it all! The Folk Art Center is just 5 minutes away from trendy downtown Asheville, and it’s much more than just your typical art studio. The Center is even is even more than the main showcase for the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In addition, it houses a bookstore, library, and craft shop. Don’t forget to check out their Events page to plan ahead for your visit! (Hint: their Holiday Makers Sale is the perfect place to shop for craft gifts for the entire family.)
Don’t miss out on the chance to see some of the best pottery in North Carolina! Stay with us at the Orchard Inn, conveniently located less than an hour away from Asheville in picturesque Saluda. Come and enjoy the area’s rich history, incredible rooftop bars, and jaw-dropping mountain views.
When you stay at the Orchard Inn, you can enjoy cozy rooms (some even feature a gas fireplace), our fully-stocked library, a Pillow Menu, and freshly-baked cookies upon arrival. If you’re looking for a luxurious room during your stay, the Keeping Room is perfect for you. To ensure maximum comfort, this room features a deluxe jacuzzi tub and fabulous steam shower as well as a private sitting area for you to enjoy.
What are you waiting for? Book your stay at the Orchard Inn today!