Sarah Culbreth and Jeff Enge are incredibly warm and genuine as they greet guests at Tater Knob Pottery and Farm. It is obvious they enjoy what they do. From Sarah’s gracious insistence that her guests take refreshments in the form of coffee, tea, punch, or local spring water, to the way they share the process of crafting the beautifully utilitarian works of art that fill their showroom, Tater Knob is a labor of love for the pair.
This weekend they will celebrate 40 years of creating, both individually and as a couple. They will be throwing more than pottery on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, as the farm at Tater Knob will be the site of a two-day party, filled with amazing art, fabulous music, and exceptional food.
“We’ve come a long way, Sarah and I,” Jeff said as he reminisced. Both are Berea College graduates. From the beginning in Studio 105 on Forest Street more than four decades ago, they have worked hard and have shared their genuine desire to educate their love of making pottery with others.
They bought the secluded farm, which is only 10 miles from Berea, in the early 1990s, making the decision to be in the country while their son, David, was growing up. As the years have passed David has chosen to step into the family business too.
Jeff said, “We’re hoping to be able to relax a bit as he becomes more involved.” He shared, “Now that our grandson is coming there may be three generations of potters here.”
David and his wife Samantha are expecting their child in August. Samantha Lyons Enge, an accomplished artist and past fellow at Gallery 123, is also a resident potter at Tater Knob.
Sarah said, “We fell in love with Samantha before she fell in love with our son.”
The entire family is inviting old friends, new friends, and friends they haven’t met yet to enjoy the fun.
The Tater Knob crew will be joined on site by seven other artists whose creations will delight all who attend the event. In addition, Linda Fifield, well known for her exquisite beadwork, will offer her latest endeavor, stained glass garden art. The pieces are beautifully displayed among the flowers at Tater Knob.
The weekend will also feature music, beginning with Dr. Jack Lewis on bagpipes to open the celebration at 9 a.m. Saturday and continuing with many other musicians and bands throughout both days. Genres will include bluegrass, jazz and more.
Guests will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in clay, painting, and printmaking. Jeff even has special projects for youngsters who attend the event.
Tater Knob celebration
Where: Tater Knob Tater Knob Pottery and Farm, 260 Wolf Gap Road.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday.
For more information or directions see www.taterknob.com or call (859) 986-2167.