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Handmade Pottery Apples by Jean Saake

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If you are familiar with Western North Carolina, then you know that this little corner of the Smoky Mountain is one of the South’s the premier apple growing regions.

And along with large commercial operations there are several dozen family-run pick your own farms and apple orchards in WNC. In fact there are over 29 such small apple orchards within an hour’s drive of Asheville.

Not to mention that many towns in WNC also host several smaller apple festivals and harvest fairs throughout the entire month.

You and your family can spend a wonderful weekend driving along our scenic mountain byways; stopping to pick your own apples and enjoying autumn in the Blue Ridge.

But you couldn’t make it to your favorite apple festival this year, then don’t worry – you didn’t miss out.

Mountain Made is celebrating NC Apple Month in true Southern style, as one of our local artists is providing you with some wonderful apple styled goodies.

MOUNTAIN MADE has just gotten in a wonderful set of hand-crafted ceramic apples and pears by Jean Saake.

Local professional potter Jean Saake is well known for her depictions of daily life on her painted plates and ornaments.

But Jean has also created for MOUNTAIN MADE, a whimsical collection of “locally grown” ceramic apples.

These delightfuland unusual art pieces are apples that have been “peeled”, “bitten” or just whole with “slight bruises”. Saake has also hand molded a variety of pears for those who love this other fall time favorite.

Each one of these ceramic apples was painstakingly handmade and glazed by Jean and they are not only beautiful but also make wonderful gifts for any of those apple lovers that you might know.

If you collect craft items with an apple, pear or fruit theme or just want to add a light-hearted touch to your kitchen or dinning room, be sure to pick a peck of these wonderful ceramic apples.

You can visit our art gallery at the Historic Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville to view Jean’s little “apple orchard” or use our personal shopping service to order online at

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