Mary and I spent a wonderful, event-filled August weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. The first weekend in August serves up the Village Art & Craft Fair as well as the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival.
We checked in at the Biltmore Village Inn, spent some time on the wide porches and gardens enjoying our afternoon tea, had a delicious dinner at the Fig Bistro and attended the first night of the Village Art & Craft Fair. After breakfast on Saturday morning, we walked down the hill from the inn to the fair. Mary and I browsed at our own pace and met back up later for our picnic. When we compared notes, we discovered that we both picked Julie Covington’s pottery as Pixel Point’s Best in Show. We visited Julie in her booth and agreed that we would come back and meet her in her studio to make purchases for our gallery.
In the fall, we returned to Asheville and spent a delightful day wandering around the River Art District. This area is a funky and eclectic mix of working studios being forged out of a worn-out, brownfields area of Asheville along the Broad River.
The highlight of our trip was our visit to Julie’s studio located in the retooled Phil Mechanic Building. Julie had been working in Thailand and Mexico where she was involved in indigenous architecture, specifically building straw bale and adobe habitats. In fact, Julie’s first project after arriving north of Asheville was to fashion her own home literally out of the ground and establish her own Earthship.
Julie’s pottery is heavily influenced by her Asian experience. I love the earthy colors she obtains in her glazes and creative, fresh designs. We purchased a selection of wares that included tea sets, sake sets, butter keepers, pitchers and honey pots. The woven and carved wooden elements of her work are provided by her forest friends. Please visit Julie’s website to read more about her.
Enjoy some pictures from our trips visiting Julie and come shop for her work at Pixel Point.~