Eastern NC Pre-Conference


This is the eastern North Carolina component of the largest collaboration of NC potters at one time to date.  Participants who register for this pre-conference will be able to meet, visit and/or fire with the Eastern Pre-Conference artists.

Meet the 2017 Eastern Pre-Conference Artists


The 4th Annual Ashfest Event will take place May 28 – June 10, 2017 in Bailey, North Carolina at the studio of Dan Finch Justin Lambert of Jupiter, FL and Logan Wannamaker of Taos, NM will join Dan for a 2 week anagama firing workshop in Dan’s “Mama” Anagama.  The anagama is approx 700 cu ft., and will be fired for 6 days.  We will load the kiln for 3 days, fire for 6 days, then Dan, Justin, and Logan organize studio tours, and finally unload the kiln Saturday, June 10.  There is space for 25 participants in the firing, at a cost of $600/person.  This fee entitles each person up to 10 cu/ft of space in the anagama, and entry to all events associated with the 2 week workshop.  FREE covered camping onsite is available with full shower/restroom facilities, as are private rooms in the guesthouse (contact us for details).



Dates:  May 28 – June 11, 2017

Event:  Dan Finch “Mama” Anagama  Bailey, NC  2 week firing workshop of Dan’s 700 cu/ft Anagama, 2 days of Studio Tours

Cost:  $600/person  10 cu/ft of space maximum (Participants are required to bring UNGLAZED BISQUE work, no greenware will be loaded into the kiln.  Slip and glaze will be provided.)

Lodging:  FREE covered camping onsite, guest house private rooms, contact us for details.


From Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Interstate-40 East to Interstate-440 North (Inner Loop) to US-64 East (Exit 14 - 64 & 264 East off 440-approx. 24 miles from RDU). Follow US-64 East to US-264 East (at Zebulon). Follow US-264 approximately 10.5 miles to Exit 30. Exit at NC-581 Bailey/Spring Hope. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto NC-581 North. Travel approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Finch Nursery Lane (a private dirt path) and Finch Pottery & Nursery will be at the end, 1/3 mile. (Total approximate Travel Distance from airport = 48.8 miles)

From Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Interstate-95 South to Exit 121-Wilson/US-264. Travel US-264 West to Exit 30 - NC-581/Bailey & Spring Hope exit. Exit onto NC-581 and turn right to travel North on NC-581 (toward Spring Hope). Travel approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Finch Nursery Lane (a private dirt path) and Finch Pottery & Nursery will be on the left at the end, 1/3 mile.