Spreading Cheer on Potter’s Row There are Christmas trees on porches and shiny ornaments suspended from the roofs of three Dunn’s Rock businesses hosting “24 Days of Holiday Cheer.” Duckpond Pottery, Lézard Brevard and Mud Dabber’s Pottery, all located on Greenville Highway, are celebrating the season with special goodies during the first 24 days of the month. Nick Friedman of Duckpond Pottery has his tea hut open and is serving up treats from his wood oven on weekends. The Tea Hut shelves are filled with tumblers in a riot of colors, the result of a new technique he’s been experimenting with which was inspired by the oil and cold wax paintings he does during winter months. In his paintings, Nick builds layers of pigment, which he selectively removes using mineral spirits. The same process has worked by sponging off portions of layers of underglaze on his most recent earthenware pottery. The process results in eye-catching abstract designs. Pam LaBauve of Lézard Brevard has decorated her shop in style, using colorful lizards to adorn the tree on her front porch. Inside there is more seasonal décor and the work of over 50 artists, including jewelry, paintings, pottery and more. One of her most recent artists specializes in meticulously designed mosaic wall art. In addition to its art, the shop offers occasional art workshops. Pam is offering customers a jingle bell necklace and cookie. At Mud Dabber’s Pottery, one of the shop’s 27 potters will be offering apple cider and cups each day in an open-air kiln shed behind the store. A list of the potters who will be greeting guests is listed on the store’s website, www.muddabbers.com. Besides the functional and decorative pieces of pottery available for sale, Mud Dabber’s is featuring a display in tribute to Rick Compton and Frank Creech, two good friends whom it lost this year. The display features the pottery and woodworking skills of Compton, a talented folk artist and an inspiration to many aspiring potters. Creech was an avid collector of glass and pottery. He and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased many of Rick’s intricately decorated bear jugs through the years, even commissioning the creation of a super-sized one they named, “The Great Bear Jug.” Elizabeth has generously offered some of Rick’s work for display. Both men were encouragers and advocates of artists, and are greatly missed. Looking a Lot Like Christmas Lights and other decorative displays are going up on houses and in yards throughout Dunn’s Rock. Let me know where some of your favorite displays are located and I’ll try to get some photos for a future column. Send your tips to dunnsrockview @gmail.com. Community Center News The Dunn’s Rock Community Center Board is excited to announce the resumption of programs in 2022. Plans for a “Pie and Program” event are being made for March. Driker, the Dunn’s Rock hiker who completed an Appalachian Trail thru-hike in August of this year, will be the first presenter. Stay tuned for more details. For information on renting the Dunn’s Rock Community Center, contact Hannah Small at (828) 577-9540 or email her at dunnsrock461@gmail.co

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