The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Kim Ellington Pottery


Since 1982 potter Kim Ellington has owned and operated Ellington Pottery. Specializing in making Catawba Valley pottery using local clay and ash glaze to make durable, wood fired stoneware for today. Exhibited in Museums across the country and used in homes down the street, Ellington Pottery has a reputation for innovation and excellence. The best opportunity to buy is at one of the pottery sales after a kiln firing. Pottery is also available for purchase between sales by appointment.