Flowers and Clay

Enjoy a day of art and agriculture in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains at Flowers and Clay, July 23 and 24, 2022.

Flowers and Clay hosts Emily and Josh Copus

Carolina Flowers and Copus Ceramics co-host a free, public open house and sale at their woodfire pottery center and gardens. The nearby farm hosts ticketed guests for tours and experiences throughout the weekend.

COMING TUESDAY, MAY 24, at 9 a.m.: Farm Dinner Tickets
I've always wanted to invite you to the flower farm for a meal. It's taken 6 years, but it's finally time to have supper at the flower farm.

Right now, we are planting thousands of special sunflowers that will come into bloom just in time for the dinner on Saturday, July 23, from 6-9 p.m.

This special supper is part of Flowers & Clay, our annual celebration of flowers, pottery and community in our small village of Walnut, about 10 minutes from Marshall and 30 minutes from Asheville.

What's the clay component? My husband Josh is making the plates out of clay from the property. You'll dine off of special servingware made from the ground beneath your feet!

The timing couldn't be more perfect because we have chefs in the neighborhood these days! About a year ago, chefs Camille Cogswell and Drew DiTomo bought the little bakery around the corner. This place has a tradition of great baking going back decades, and Camille and Drew are already adding to its provenance. Camille already has a James Beard Award, and Drew travels the world working as a chef for TV productions -- they're amazing and so talented.

So in addition to instant friends, we have great culinary talent in the neighborhood. We want to introduce you! Camille and Drew will launch Walnut Family Bakery in the second half of 2022, so you'll get all the details from them about their plans!

The intimate size of the supper will mean everybody gets to know each other.

Tickets include access to everything Flowers & Clay has to offer, including the pottery show, a self-guided tour of the flower farm, an experience of our newest property (open only to diners), sunflower perusing, picking and photos, local beer, natural wine, special non-alcoholic beverages, a family-style supper in the flower field prepared by Camille and Drew, conversation, merriment, new friends, laughter, and so much more!

Tickets will cost $185, and they will go on sale one week from today, on Tuesday, May 24, at 9 a.m. You'll find them at flowersandclay.com

We're keeping the headcount low so everyone can have a really personal experience. We're letting you know now because we want you to have time to think it over, and we know it's not exactly an impulse buy! We have curated something really special, and it's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime expereince.

Next year, the sunflower field will become a production area -- we'll tell you all about our plans -- and although their might be future farm dinners, they won't be this one! We hope you'll join us for this first ever special event!

 

 

The home show, or kiln opening, is a traditional practice among North Carolina ceramic artists, going back centuries. Collectors arrive early to snag the freshest pieces from the most recent firing. Flowers and Clay combines this tradition with an experience of agriculture -- and acres of beautiful flowers.

All guests can visit the pottery facility and test gardens anytime between 10 a.m.  and 6 p.m.

Loaded Pottery Kiln at Copus Ceramics

Carolina Flowers Mercantile in downtown Marshall will also be open during this time. Maps and other materials will be available at the shop, which is a good starting point for first-time visitors to the area. Carolina Flowers Mercantile is located at 62 S. Main St. in Marshall.

Ticketed farm tours will running throughout the day. You must have a ticket to visit the farms. General admission to the pottery sale and gardens does not require a ticket.

For Saturday farm tour tickets, click here.

For Sunday U-Pick and farm tour tickets, click here.

Pottery and flowers will be available for purchase, although general admission to the event is free.

Wheelbarrow and Blooms in the Gardens at Copus Ceramics and Carolina Flowers