Monday, December 28, 2009

Kings Pottery : Making a Moonshine Face Jug

Friday, December 18, 2009

Backyard Tourist

The Backyard Tourist
By Christa Wagner

The following paragraph came from an article written in the Charlotte Viewpoint Metropolitan Ideas and Art. I have extracted an excerpt from the column. To read the full article visit Charlotte Viewpoint’s website , scroll down and click on “Read our most recent issue here.”
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“Psst. Guess what they’re calling us? We’re the urban bananas. The nickname refers to the arc along I-85 between the Triangle, Triad, and Charlotte. I think it’s kin of cute. But lately, I’ve been peeling away from my downtown Durham apartment and heading southwest to discover North Carolina’s Central Park counties: Randolph to Richmond by way of Montgomery and Moore. The eight counties that make up the cleverly named Central Park have a lot to offer the urban day tripper. In mid-November, for example, I enjoyed the Celebration of Seagrove Potters festival. There were too many beautiful things I wanted to buy, some beyond my student budget, but other pieces were perfect. Who knew there were so many uses for a slab of colorfully glazed pottery the size of my cell phone? (5$ each.) I bought four: one for my keys, two for used tea bags, and a pretty blue one for the odds and ends that always accumulate on the kitchen counter. I was in Seagrove both as a tourist eager to stock up on holiday gifts and as a researcher, so to speak, for my, graduate work in rural entrepreneurship. In addition to famous Seagrove ceramics, I marveled at glass blown at the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise and ate a perfectly grilled pimento cheese at Blake’s restaurant in Candor, where that day Congressman Larry Kissell was also having lunch. , STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise is fascinating. STAR stands for Small Town Area Revitalization; it's a nonprofit located in the town of Star focused on growing businesses to one day place in the region's downtown areas. These businesses have a lot of appeal for its urban neighbors, in my opinion. And you can check out the whole region on just one tank of gas".........

Seagrove in the Blogosphere: Dan Traveling

by Janet Lockerby-McCoig
"Seagrove, a small town south of Greensboro, has become the unofficial pottery capital of the southeast. With more than one hundred potteries operating in the area, a day in Seagrove is a pottery lover’s dream. Pottery is such an important facet of the area, both historically and economically today, the North Carolina Pottery Center built an educational facility in the center of town. The Center showcases the works of potters from all across the state, and offers exhibits on historical pottery, works crafted in contemporary and modern styles, and pieces in the southern folk art tradition.
Building on a tradition that began with the earliest European settlers to the area in the 1700s, many potters are a link in a continuous chain of craft that has been passed from one generation to the next.".........
To read more about this article visit Dan Traveling blog.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Seagrove Stoneware Holiday Kiln Opening December 19

Above: Alexa (left) and David (middle) of Seagrove Stoneware
at the 2009 Celebration of Seagrove Potters

Seagrove Stoneware annual Kiln Opening and Pottery Sale -- Dec. 19, One Day Only. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Seagrove Stoneware is located at our studio and gallery at 136 W. Main Street, Seagrove, N. C. 27341. We will have original wheel turned stoneware, functional and decorative. Special Sale prices, one of a kind pieces, refreshments and wheel turning demonstrations.






Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Will McCanless & Company play Dugan's Pub


Seagrove Potter Will McCanless and Company play every Wednesday night at Dugan's Pub in Pinehurst.
IRISH MUSIC PEAT BOGG BANSHEES
Wednesday December 16, 2009 (6:30 pm)
EVERY WEDENESDAY NIGHT AT 630PM, WILL MCCANLESS & COMPANY PERFORM LIVE IN THE UPSTAIRS NON SMOKING DINING ROOM. GREAT FAMILY FUN, NO COVER CHARGE AND THE BEST FOOD IN TOWN.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ben Owen Chinese Red Opening- December 19

December 19th, 2009-Ben Owen Pottery will have their Holiday Chinese Red kiln opening (10am-5pm). This will be the largest selection of the Red glaze during the season. A Preview at the Pottery will be 8:30am-9:30am. A preview will be on the website on the Preview page after 3pm December 18th. Other glazes will be available and will be placed on the preview page as well.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Astronomy Night at Town Creek Indian Mound - December 12

Tonight Dec. 12.

Geminid Meteor Shower. Bring a chair or blanket and relax as we watch the light show from above. Learn about the constellation Gemini and meteor showers. Registration required. Call 910-439-6802 for more information.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Randolph Arts Guild: Artists Hang Up Today!--Dec. 11


Deliver Work- Friday, December 11th, 2009 (10am – 6pm)
Opening Reception – Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
Exhibition dates – November, December 15th – 31st, 2009

Have you ever thought about having your artwork hang in a gallery? Well this is your chance. In December, the Randolph Arts Guild is opening its gallery for artists of all media and from all walks of life to share their works of art with the community. The premise is simple; each artist is allowed to bring a piece of his or her art to hang up and display.

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, or even if this is the first work of art you’ve ever created, this is the prefect time to share it with others. All works are to be delivered on Dec. 11th, 2009 from 10am – 6pm, with the artist’s name, address, and title on the back. If the work is for sale, please list the price, but know that 25% of the sale price goes to support the Randolph Arts Guild.

The Opening Reception will be held, December 15th, 2009 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Please note that these dates differ from the published 2009 Sara Smith Self Gallery schedule and as always the opening reception will be free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sunset Theatre

For the month of December there are X-mas and family movies scheduled at the Sunset Theatre which is located in downtown Asheboro. The all time best movie It is a Wonderful Life starts off the series tonight at 7:00pm and 9:15pm ($5.00 includes small popcorn and drink). Don't we all remember Zuzu's petals?! To see more of the schedule and a bit of history check out the Sunset Theatre website.

Moore Philharmonic Orchestra: Pinehurst Hotel on Dec. 20

There will be the Annual Holiday Concert given by the Moore Philharmonic Orchestra at the Pinehurst Hotel in the Grand Ballroom on December 20th at 3:00 pm, plus a silent auction starting at 2:00pm.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two Holiday Kiln Openings

There are 2 holiday kiln openings this coming weekend on December 12.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

TreesNC Seagrove Tree Planting: New Date Announced

The December 5 tree planting date at the Seagrove Elementary School was postponed because of rainy weather. The new date is December 19th on Saturday. I believe the time would be the same, but stay tuned. To find out more about TreesNC visit their website here.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Collaboration among the Three Corners


Above is an image I took during the set up of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters at the Historic Lucks Cannery.

I just read about a wonderful and interesting collaboration happening among local small businesses in region of Three Corners Clay.

These include: Mistletow Meadows / Flowers on Main in Troy / Trees NC / Seagrove Potters

Take your time reading through this post and article, and please visit the links that I have provided. There is a lot of information here to take in. This is great news of collaboration and cooperation to those of us that live here in the corner of the three counties, Montgomery, Randolph, and Moore.

Tomorrow on December 5, 11:00am at the Seagrove Elementary School in downtown Seagrove the NC Trees and Seagrove Potters will be planting two trees donated by NC Trees.

Here are some highlights from the news release. To read the complete article visit the Celebration of Seagrove Potters website.

"Mistletoe Meadows donated 3 large trees, wreaths and greenery for this year's event held at the Historic Luck's Cannery." Owner Joe Freeman operates a retail lot on Dixie Drive in Asheboro, but the majority of the revenue generated by his acreage in Ashe County, Moore County, and VA comes from wholesale business."....

"The Mistletoe Meadows trees and greenery were decorated in an elegant, traditional fashion by Tom Williamson, owner of Flowers on Main in Troy, NC. Tom is a long-time pottery lover and collector who has volunteered to help create the d├ęcor at Celebration for the past 2 years."......"These trees will be re-used by the Shiloh Historical Association of Montgomery County, decorated once again by the very talented Tom."

Note: This morning I read an article in the Asheboro's Courier Tribune, by Mary Anderson about the 23rd Shiloh Tea held by the Shiloh Historical Association at the historic church near Troy. To read more about this event, (which is also happening tommorrow) visit the Courier Tribune's website and read about the events tomorrow at the historic Shiloh Church.

"In October 2009, Owen George, Co-founder of TreesNC, a citizen-based organization in Asheboro that emphasizes ecological stewardship and community collaboration gave two very well received presentations to the Seagrove Area Potters Association and the Seagrove Town Council. The overall theme is the formation of a new chapter of TreesNC, called Trees Seagrove. TreesNC donated trees and landscaping to the Seagrove Library in the past. This year they donated 2 live trees to help decorate the 2nd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters. The trees will be among those planted this Saturday, December 5th, 11 a.m. at the Seagrove Elementary School."......

Interested Seagrove residents can contact Owen George at 336-558-6966 or through their TreesNC website.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Seagrove in the Blogosphere




..."On Wednesday, October 7th, at 8 pm, PBS TV, will air a nationwide broadcast of a brand new episode of the Peabody award-winning series, “Craft in America,” that features two well-known North Carolina potteries. “Craft in America” producer, Carol Sauvion, explains why. “North Carolina pottery has inspired and influenced potters from all over the world,” says Sauvion, “It is authentic, original, and powerful in its simplicity. By including Jugtown and the Hewitt pottery in its new episodes, the Craft in America series showcases their significant contribution to the history of craft in America.”

Read more about this blog post at Chatham Artists: blog by Forest Greenslade.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Jugtown Annual Holiday Kiln Opening: Dec 5

Jugtown Annual Holiday Kiln Opening

Saturday, December 5, 2009

8:30-5:00

come early, get a number and have coffee, tea or juice and

a bite to eat in the warmth of our museum until opening time!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Seagrove in the Blogosphere : Celebration of Seagrove Potters


Mike's Pots

"This past weekend was spent attending the Celebration of Seagrove Potters festival in Seagrove, North Carolina. This is the fifth year in a row I've attended and the quality of pottery (and people) is unequaled."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Donna Craven and Samantha Henneke- Gala Auction Collaborative

This collaobrative are thrown by Donna Craven and decorated by Samantha Henneke. They were fired in Ben Owen's kiln. The pair will be auctioned off together.
For more information about the Gala visit the Celebration of Seagrove Potters.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Demonstrations for Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Nov.21&22


There will be pottery demonstrations on Nov. 21 Saturday and Nov.22 Sunday.
For more info visit: Celebration of Seagrove Potters

On Saturday
12:25-1:30 Sid Luck : Lucks Ware
1:30-2:15 David Stuempfle : David Stuempfle Pottery
2:15-3:00 David Fernandez : Seagrove Stoneware
3:00-3:45 Ben Owen III : Ben Owen III Pottery

Sunday
10:00-10:45 Eck McCanless: Dover Pottery
10:45-11:30 Jeffery Dean: Dean and Martin Pottery
11:30 - 12:15 Randy James: Dixie Land Pottery
12:15 - 1:00 Dan Triece: DirtWorks Pottery
1:00 - 1:45 Blaine Avery: Avery Pottery and Tileworks
1:45 - 2:30 Jared Zehmer: Zehmer Pottery
2:30 - 3:15 Robert Saxby: The English Potter
3:15- 4:00 Craig Kovack: Kovack Pottery

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sally Larson and Bobbie Thomas - Gala Auction Collaborative

Sally Larson, Fireshadow Pottery and Bobbie Thomas, Thomas Pottery
15" high
Vase made by Sally and decorated with leaves and vines by Bobbie. Sally glazed their pot in Fireshadow's Summer Green in an electric kiln. The light turquoise celadon glaze was a perfect choice by Sally to enhance the band of leaves appliqued by Bobbie. Both Sally and Bobbie are inspired by the details in nature and was a perfect match for a collaborative piece.

To see more collaboratives visit the Celebration of Seagrove website.

The Celebration Gala takes place the evening of November 20th from 6-9. This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. We will feature a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and assorted beverages. A live band will be performing and the popular Seagrove Collaborative Pieces auction will take place. Artists from different potteries will work together to make one of a kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!
Tickets ($35.00) can be purchased on-line or by mail.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paticipating Seagrove Potters in the Celebration, Nov 20-22

The following Seagrove potteries and artists will be participating:
Visit Celebration of Seagrove Potters to learn more about the festival and potters and find links to the individual pottery pages.
Avery Pottery & Tileworks
Ben Owen Pottery
Bluestone Pottery
Bulldog Pottery
Cagle Road Pottery
Caldwell-Hohl Artworks
Chad Brown Pottery
Chris Luther Pottery
Country Pots
Cross Creek Pottery
Crystal King Pottery
Daniel Johnston Pottery
David Stuempfle Pottery
Dean & Martin Pottery
Dirtworks
Dixieland Pottery
Donna Craven Pottery
Dover Pottery
Fat Beagle Pottery
Fireshadow Pottery
From the Ground Up
Gingerbread House Pottery
Great White Oak Gallery
Hatfield Pottery
Humble Mill Pottery
Jake's Pottery
JLK Jewelry at Jugtown
Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery
Jugtown Pottery
King's Pottery
Koepnick Pottery
Kovack Pottery
Lantern Hill Pottery
Latham's Pottery
Living Water Studio
Luck's Ware
Lufkin Pottery
McCanless Pottery
McKay Pottery
Nichols Pottery
Old Gap Pottery
Ole Fish House Pottery
"Original" Owens Pottery
Pebbles Pottery
Potts Pottery
Ray Pottery
Riggs Pottery
Seagrove Stoneware
Studio Touya
The English Pottery
Thomas Pottery
Tom Gray Pottery
Triple C Pottery
Turn & Burn
Uwharrie Crystalline
Whynot Pottery
Windsong Pottery
Zehmer Pottery

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

North Carolina Pottery Center hosting Catawba Valley Pottery Exhibit

At the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina

"Fire in the Valley: Catawba Valley Pottery Then and Now"

Artist Reception: Friday, November 13, 2009 6:00 - 8:00 pm

(Free to the public)


Galleries I and II. Classic Catawba Valley Forms from early masters like Daniel Seagle and David Hartzog to the current generation of alkaline glaze potters.

Gallery III. Contemporary Catawba wares for sale by Michael Ball, Kim Ellington, Walter Fleming, Luke Heafner, Bob Hilton, and Charlie Lisk.

This exhibition is made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Thank you!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Westmoore Pottery "Stepping Back in Time: Hearthside Cooking."

On November 14th, Westmoore Pottery will host "Stepping Back in Time: Hearthside Cooking."

Westmoore Pottery will be open from 9am - 5pm on Saturday.

The hearthside cooking demonstrations will run from 10am – 4pm. (The last hour of the day is allotted to washing dishes!)

This Saturday, historical cooks Cindy Kepley and Susan Ball will prepare foods using recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Foods will be cooked in our large fireplace at Westmoore Pottery, using our pottery to demonstrate how various pottery pieces were used long ago. Among the dishes Cindy and Susan plan to prepare are Jugged Chicken, Green “Frogs,” Sparrow Grass Rolls, and Gingerbread. Pots used will range from the more common bowls, pitchers, and plates to the lesser known pottery pipkins, skillets, and steep pans. Sampling will be allowed as foods finish cooking. Cindy Kepley and Susan Ball both work at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC, where they have each held positions in the Museum Education and Children’s Education Departments. Cindy Kepley is currently Coordinator of Living History for Old Salem Museums and Gardens. Susan and Cindy are both experienced hearthside cooks who have been immersed in the world of 18th and early 19th century cooking for many years. They are enthusiastic presenters of their skills and are remarkably adept at simultaneously cooking and talking to visitors.

Visitors may come at any point during the day, and come back as often as they like to see the various foods being cooked. No admission fee will be charged, and no pre-registration is required.

To go along with all that cooking, Westmoore Pottery will also be offering a 15% discount for the day on all the historical cookbooks we carry.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mark and Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery - Gala Auction Collaboration

Cream and sugar set made by Mark, and the tray is made by Meredith of Whynot Pottery. "We wanted to make something different from our usual pots and glazes we used a cone 6 clay body which was then sprayed with white slip - the design was carved by meredith and then inlayed with blue-green slips."


The Celebration Gala takes place the evening of November 20th from 6-9. This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. We will feature a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and assorted beverages. A live band will be performing and the popular Seagrove Collaborative Pieces auction will take place. Artists from different potteries will work together to make one of a kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!
Tickets ($35.00) can be purchased on-line or by mail.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kovack Pottery and Dixieland Pottery Gala Collaboration

14" X9"

Take a look at this one-of-a-kind face jug collaborative for the upcoming Celebration of Seagrove Potters Gala auction. The two eyed, three eyed, big teeth, small teeth crazy jug includes the efforts of four potters. Sherry James and Randy James of Dixieland Pottery and Craig Kovack and Michelle Kovack of Kovack Pottery all sculpted this 4 Face Jug collaboration together.



The Celebration Gala takes place the evening of November 20th from 6-9. This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. We will feature a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and assorted beverages. A live band will be performing and the popular Seagrove Collaborative Pieces auction will take place. Artists from different potteries will work together to make one of a kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!
Tickets ($35.00) can be purchased on-line or by mail.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pam Owens and Jennie Lorette Keatts Gala Auction Collaboration

Pam Owens and Jennie Lorette Keatts

Pam Owens of Jugtown Pottery and Jennie Keatts of JLK Jewelry worked together to make the celadon green teapot. Jeannie made the sterling silver lid and handle and Pam hand turned the teapot.

The Celebration Gala takes place the evening of November 20th from 6-9. This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. We will feature a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and assorted beverages. A live band will be performing and the popular Seagrove Collaborative Pieces auction will take place. Artists from different potteries will work together to make one of a kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!
Tickets ($35.00) can be purchased on-line or by mail.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cady Clay Works: Wood-Fired Kiln Opening - Nov. 7

Cady Clay Works Wood-Fired Kiln Opening

Saturday November 7 9am – 5pm

One-of-a-kind pottery creations, kiln and studio tours, refreshments and fun!

We hope you will be able to join us for our annual Fall Wood-fired Kiln Opening. We have been hard at work for the last 3 months creating these pots – in fact, we are starting to see them in our sleep!

This seems to be “The Year of the Bird” at Cady Clay Works. The new works include thrown and sculpted chickens by John, hand-built birds by Beth, lidded jars with chicken finials by John and small chickens thrown by John and altered by Beth.

New works will also feature large platters, 3 sizes of planters, porcelain and stoneware vases and Beth’s tripod-footed bud vases that our friend Deb says walk around her house in the middle of the night! Items to use every day include plates, bowls, mugs, ale mugs, pitchers, carafes, serving bowls and baking dishes. A variety of new glazes adorn these pieces.

John had a lot of fun with this load of pots. One night he hopped out of bed at 11:30 with an idea of how to finish one of the large chickens. For the next 2 hours he was in the studio with the lights on and tunes blaring!

We just finished cleaning, sanding and grinding these pieces last night. I will post photos on our page atwww.discoverseagrove.com by Thursday if you would like to see a preview.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Carol Gentithes and Blaine Avery - Gala Auction Collaboration

Turtle at the Lake Hole
11" x 11" x 18"

2009 Collaborations are underway for the Friday night auction.
This zealous turtle was created by Blaine Avery and decorated by Carol Gentithes. Blaine admires the introspective, thoughtful nature of the turtle who is forever the independent, intrepid nomad carrying his home on his back through the journeys of life. Carol narrates one of the turtle's journeys as he wanders into the waters of a lake where he discovers traces of human interference from the land above. The turtle is hand built from stoneware and salt glazed. The decorations are silkscreen emulsions that are fired onto the surface in a separate firing.

The Celebration Gala takes place the evening of November 20th from 6-9. This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. We will feature a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and assorted beverages. A live band will be performing and the popular Seagrove Collaborative Pieces auction will take place. Artists from different potteries will work together to make one of a kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!
Tickets ($35.00) can be purchased on-line or by mail.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Southern Living Hot Off the Press look inside for Seagrove Potters

The November-2009 issue of Southern Living is now on the shelves. Next time you are out shopping pick yourselves up a copy. Turn to page 38 to read the article about Seagrove Potters.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Celebration of Seagrove Potters -- Nov. 20-22

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shady Groves #2 : Guywolff



"Here is another version of Shady Groves done in sawmill tuning at F . After doing Matty Groves I wanted to make a f sus4 version of this as well since it suites my voice better . This is a song learned by me 40 years ago while we were landing on the moon . I was at Jugtown pottery in Seagrove North Carolina. Ralph Rindzler had left the record of this with Nancy Sweezey and it has never left my head or hands since . Thanks to all who have taught me home made music . Yours Guy "

Guy Wolff is a potter in Washington, Connecticut. He owns Guy Wolff Pottery.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Old House Pottery


Fred Beane's famous Corn Bread Pan

Stop by Fred's pottery shop in Seagrove at Old House Pottery!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Westmoore Pottery Heritage Day-Nov. 7

HERITAGE DAY
At Westmoore Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Saturday, November 7, from 9 am to 5 pm

Westmoore Pottery will celebrate the anniversary of its founding in 1977
(32 years this year!) The official Westmoore Pottery scrapbooks will be hauled out and put on display for the day.
Refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Michael Shuman Workshop October 29


Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, entrepreneur and author of The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and

There will be a workshop with Michael Shuman next Thursday afternoon from 2:00-4:30, October 29. Pre-registration is required.
Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age : an afternoon workshop that lays out the principles of his approach to economic development, which contends that small, locally-owned businesses are the key to a healthy and dynamic economy. Followed by question and answer. $15 Central Park Stewards and $25 general public.

This workshop takes place in the afternoon the day of the Central Park NC Open House. The Open House is free to the public and a RSVP is needed so they can make sure there is enough food, tables and chairs for all. The Joe Robinson Quartet from Winston Salem will be playing as well.
Hope you can make it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sign up for the Central Park NC Newsletter


I just received the October 2009 newsletter from Central Park, NC. To sign up for their newsletter contact them at info@centralparknc.org and ask them to put you on their e-mail list to receive their newsletter. Here is a link to their previous newsletters. They will be uploading the October 2009 newsletter to their website soon. Central Park is having their once a year open house on October 29. There will be a workshop on Thursday afternoon given by their guest speaker Michael Schumen. This open house is open free to the public, but they request a RSVP. The workshop $15.00 for Steward members and the $25.00 for the general public. More about the work shop next post!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Seagrove in the Blogosphere


Seagrove Pottery: Featured in Keeping House!

"Today I ventured down to Seagrove, NC, to visit the area potteries. There are over 100 potterers in the area. I love to go there at least once a year, often at Christmas time to buy presents. Today I went to deliver a copy of my book to two potteries featured in Keeping House. Sadly, one of them is closed. Holly Hill has been one of my favorites places to go in Seagrove for almost 16 years. Today I learned the owner had fallen and passed away. So, the lovely blue dizzle pots are no more.

On the good side, I discovered a new pottery today, Thomas Pottery. Beautiful. I plan to put them in Book 2 and we discussed today the possibility of my having a book signing down there this fall.Look at their lovely place and work!"

To read more about this blog post go to The House Mysteries blog by Denise Tucker


Friday, October 16, 2009

Zimmerman Vineyards

Zimmerman Vineyards
1428 Tabernacle Church Rd
Trinity, NC 27370
336.861.1414

Invites You to Enjoy the Fall Colors
& the Music of Classical Guitarist Matt Hoover

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th
5pm - 8pm

No Admission Charge
Wine Tasting includes a souvenir glass ~ $5.00
Already know our wines?
Bring your own ZV glass ~ buy a bottle, bring a picnic & enjoy !

Can't make it right at 5pm? No problem...but you might want to bring a chair...the terrace fills up fast!
Remember to wear your warm woolies (it's an outdoor event)!
Remember to bring a flashlight to help you get back to your car (it's getting dark sooner)!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Central Park Open House, Oct. 29: RSVP Needed

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO OUR
2009 ANNUAL GATHERING

Central Park NC
The Board of Directors and staff of Central Park NC invite you to our

Annual Gathering

Thursday, October 29 5:30-8:00pm

STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises
Star, NC

Evening Keynote Speaker Michael Shuman
author of
The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition

AGENDA

Workshop with Michael Shuman 2:00-4:30pm

Registration is required.

Michael Shuman will present an afternoon workshop on how small communities and locally owned businesses can grow a healthy and dynamic economy, followed by a question & answer and discussion session. $15 Central Park Stewards/ $25 general public.

Tour of STARworks Businesses 4:30-5:30pm

Central Park NC Annual Gathering 5:30-8:00pm

Keynote Speaker: Michael Shuman

Enjoy local food and beverages, a live band, and connect with many people from the Central Park NC region and the state of North Carolina.

Though there is no registration fee for the evening event, RSVP is required for both events. Please register atwww.centralparknc.org or by calling (910) 428-9001.

For Central Park NC Annual Gathering sponsorship opportunities, please contact Beth Throneburg via email atbeth@centralparknc.org or by calling (910) 428-9001.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thomas Pottery Kiln Opening: Oct. 17th and 18th

Saturday, October 17th 10:00 - 5:00
Sunday, October 18th 1:00 - 5:00

Our 2009 event features an array of Fall designs to compliment your home this season. Special features are triangular shaped vases with applique' leaves, and wheat patterns. Small tri-footed lamps add a touch of light to any room in your home. A large selection of trays and platters adorned with leaf designs will make your thanksgiving table more beautiful this year.

Come enjoy tours of the studio, demonstrations and refreshments. Mark your calendar for the third weekend of October each year for our annual event.

1295 S. NC 705 Hwy
Seagrove, North Carolina 27341
336-879-4145
www.thomaspottery.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Daniel Johnston, Seagrove Potter: Cover of Ceramics Monthly

Seagrove Potter Daniel Johnston is featured on the cover of the Ceramics Monthly.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool, Ohio

Featured in The Review, East Liverpool, Ohio
...."On Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. come hear "The Town Of 100 Potters: Seagrove, North Carolina." Museum of Ceramics Foundation vice-president Jeffrey E. Hendrickson will speak about his recent visit, and area history. Seagrove's pottery production began in the 18th century. Audience members will learn the facts about one claim that Seagrove is the nation's Pottery Capital. Seagrove ware is now available in the museum Gift Shop. Event is free with $4 admission. Call 330-386-6001 to reserve your seat."

The Museum of Ceramics contains thousands of examples of pottery created in and around East Liverpool, Ohio. During the 19th and 20th centuries, East Liverpool was known as the Pottery Capitol of the USA.


Friday, October 9, 2009

"TRAVEL TO KENYA" Talk at Seagrove Library on October 13

"TRAVEL TO KENYA"
Slides and talk by Janet Jones
Seagrove Public Library
Tuesday, October 13 7pm

Seagrove Library is located in Seagrove, NC. Its building sits beside the Seagrove Elementary School, on Old Plank Road.

Janet Jones and her husband, Dr. David Jones, director of the NC Zoo, visited Africa in 2008. Come hear about her adventures in Kenya and the Serengeti plains and see slides of the animal kingdom she visited!

Sponsored by the Seagrove Friends of the Library - refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 336-873-7521.

FRIENDS OF THE SEAGROVE LIBRARY