Local artist selling pottery at festival

Cathryn Stanley / Editor Published:

Barnesville High School art teacher and head football coach Luke Johnson, of Johnson Family Pottery, has designed and donated a Barnesville Pumpkin Festival crock that will be raffled off during the 2010 Festival.

Johnson, who has taught and coached at BHS for over 18 years, opened a pottery studio in his home last year. He built it with the help of local Amish craftsmen.

The Pumpkin Festival crock is one of many projects Johnson has completed this year. He made 13 crocks, painted by Twila Fisher, for this year's Belmont County Fair Dairy Products Auction. He also made Shamrock jugs for several class reunions this year.

Johnson makes family bowls, featuring primitive people representing families, crocks, mugs, jugs and bowls. He also takes custom orders.

During the festival, you can view the crock in the window beside Patrick's Restaurant, where Johnson, his wife and his mother will be selling the pottery.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 for one or $5 for six from any Pumpkin Festival committee member. The raffle drawing will take place immediately following the King Pumpkin auction at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

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