Join us in the main lobby from 7:30 - 7:45 for early morning stretches with Martha. Daily climbing a flight of stairs to the second floor of a building where classes are held, walking up and down hills. All sleeping & dining facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required. Outside areas are mountainous.
Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? If so, you're in for a treat! Breakfast options change daily, including dishes such as biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, grits, hash browns, French toast, pancakes, oatmeal (not the packaged kind either), and more. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right! Our breakfast buffet is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (early morning coffee is available around 6:30 a.m.) Join us 7:30 - 7:45 in the main lobby for "gentle stretches" with Martha Nelson.
You will walk across the street from the Assembly Inn, and climb steps to the 2nd floor of the Sally Jones Pottery Studio. Clay can be pushed, pulled and pinched in countless ways. Our first project involves large flat slabs of clay that we will texture, cut and assemble to form soup bowls. Pinching and coiling of clay is an age-old method of forming pottery. For our second project, we will build a small open vessel or lidded jar combining pinching and coiling. Our focus will be on scoring and slipping to make our pieces water tight. We will consider different ways to fashion handles and decorative attachments. We'll have some refreshments to keep us going!
Lunch buffet is served from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room.
Using textured slabs of clay, we will build boxes that are closed forms which when stiff will need to be cut apart to create a lid and base. This is a puzzle indeed! We will finish the afternoon preparing trivets with slip for our scraffitto surface design project. Our class time will conclude around 3:15 and after which you'll have the opportunity to take a guided tour of Montreat or enjoy free time.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room.
Our evening program in Convocation Hall will feature Joshua Messick. Joshua is a North Carolina-based professional hammered dulcimer player, who is inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse sounds from all over the world. The versatile nature of the hammered dulcimer allows Joshua to explore new sounds and different genres. This inspiration is weaved into his music. You will be amazed as Joshua plays World Fusion, New Acoustic, Classical, Folk, and Traditional Holiday Favorites during his performance. After the performance the rest of the evening is at leisure, with optional activities in the lobby of the Inn for fellowship. There may be open studio time at the Sally Jones Pottery.