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Thursday - Saturday, 10 - 6pm

Sunday, 10 - 5pm

General Admission, $8.00

Children (under 12), Free

*Online tickets will be available for sale soon*

Meet the artisans of the Southern Highlands exhibiting contemporary & traditional works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, & jewelry.

2019 Featured Artist:

Zan Barnes

Dillsboro, NC

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Growing up in her parents pottery studio in the mountains of North Carolina, ceramics has been a tactile interaction all of her life. She finished her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of North Texas May 2014 and currently makes pots at Riverwood Pottery.

"Every dish that passed through my hands as a child was made by my father. Pottery was never the untouched piece on the top shelf of the china cabinet; it was the much loved mug that you dig for every morning because somehow the coffee just tastes better out of that one. I want my work to have that same immediacy of being handled or interacted with every day of someone’s life. When I love a piece of pottery, my first instinct is to pick it up, touch it, feel it, see how it fits in my hand, talk to it on the most intimate level, skin to skin. I can wish for nothing more than for my work to invite that same easy interaction.

Zan's work showcases a firing technique called soda firing. During the firing she dissolves soda ash into water and sprays it into the kiln. The soda boils away into vapor and reacts with the silica in the clay to make a glaze on the surface of the pots. Because the soda vapor is carried through the kiln on the flame no two pieces ever look exactly the same. The dynamic flashing on the surface and iconic orange peel texture are all a product of the soda.

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Exhibitors by Media – Concourse

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Exhibitors by Media – Arena

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Live Regional Entertainment

We have a stellar line-up of musicians throughout the Fairs that will be playing on the stage on the Arena floor. Be sure to sit for a spell and listen to the mountain music.

old timey country band, cooky, rob levin, claudia dunaway, john richards

Friday, Oct 18

Saturday, Oct 19

*line up pending*

Sunday, Oct 20

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Planning Your Visit | Where to Stay

Asheville is full of eclectic and charming abodes for your stay. You can browse various accommodation options based on the region, amenities and more here via For walking to the Fair, we recommend looking at the hotels located in the downtown district of Asheville.

Logistics | Transportation & Parking

Here are several options that will provide transportation or help with your parking options in Asheville.
Uber |  Lyft | Asheville Taxi | Passport Parking App

Recommended Parking:  U.S. Cellular Parking Garage

Asheville Street Parking, 700 metered spaces, $1.50 per hour and FREE on Sunday.

Please note that the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce also have available parking for visitors.