Pottery to overflow at Music, Mud

What better way to experience the annual Music and Mud festival than to get a little muddy?

Outlaw Pottery School, Gallery and Supply in Hickory will once again have a booth set up at the festival Saturday to let event-goers create their own piece of Raku pottery.

Rosalie De Fini Outlaw, who owns the studio with her husband, Jason, said they offered the Raku pottery at last year's festival, and she said it was an activity everyone enjoyed.

At the Outlaw booth, participants can purchase a piece of pottery starting at $10. Outlaw said the pottery can be created, glazed and fired at the booth the day of the festival.

"It's instant gratification," Outlaw said. "You can express yourself through art."

Outlaw said most event-goers like creating and taking home the pottery in the same day. However, to make sure there is enough time for the Raku pottery event, Outlaw recommends all interested people stop by their booth first.

"You can paint first and then enjoy the rest of the festival," Outlaw said.

Outlaw Pottery has a special connection to this year's Music and Mud festival. One of the school's first students will have a booth at the event selling her own pottery.

Cindy Roberts, of Claremont, started at the school about two years ago with no pottery experience, but now, she creates pottery inspired by her life as a farmer and cook.

"It's pottery you can use," Roberts said.

Some of Roberts' pieces of pottery include utilitarian pieces and bottles with animal faces.

"She is one of our first students and one of the first ones showing art," Outlaw said.

Music and Mud "is by artists for artists." In addition to Outlaw Pottery School, Gallery and Supply, as well as Roberts' booth, there will be many other potters set up throughout the Newton-Conover Auditorium showcasing their many creations.

The festival is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the auditorium. The event is free to the public.

Sponsors for this year's event include The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook, Medicap Pharmacy, Newton-Conover City Schools, Outlaw Pottery, Jim and Peggy Templeton, Hyperformance Graphics, The Trott House Inn, Matthews Construction, Special Events Services, BB&T Newton-Main, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Woodlief Electric, The Cove Church and Pin Station.

The O-N-E will highlight various artists in each edition leading up to Music and Mud. For more information, visit www.newton-conoverauditorium.org or call (828) 464-8100.