......"In addition to the pottery stones, my work incorporates natural stones and gems and handmade pottery beads. The pottery stones are created by hand, bisque fired, and then glazes are layered to create pieces full of depth and imagination. The glazes are a product of the earth and have varying melting points that create these wonderful stones and therefore blend beautifully with the semi-precious stones used. In mixing the glazes, created by Pam Owens at Jugtown, i have found that I can create some of the randomness found in nature and my beautiful stones and gems."
"I have experimented with clay in many ways and am always amazed at the possibilities. Clay can be thrown, rolled, pinched or sculpted. There are a million ways to glaze or decorate. There are just as many ways to fire. The only limits clay has are the limits your mind sets."
We want to announce STARworks Ceramics will have an Open House on August 28th (Friday), 5-7pm. This time we will give out cone 6 Local clay mix samples for everyone at this event. Please save date and don't miss it!
A Visit to Seagrove, North Carolina, A Potter's Paradise
Recently, Hazen and I visited the pottery studios and galleries in Seagrove, N.C. It is one of the largest collections of studio potters in a single area in the U.S………..and what a group of diversified and interesting artists. In two days, we visited about 20 potteries. A charming Bed and Breakfast, the Seagrove Stoneware Bed and Breakfast was our home away from home.......to read more go too......Folse Art
Sid and Matthew Luck firing their ground hog kiln, Seagrove, North Carolina
This weekend there will be a blast of a day at Sid and Matthew Luck's. They are inviting old and new apprentices to join them on this fun day. To view pictures of last years opening go here on their website.
Luck Legacy 11th Annual Kiln Opening At Luck's Ware Pottery Shop - Seagrove, NC - August 22, 2009 Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Kiln opening at 11 a.m. Featuring Sid Luck, his past and present apprentices, and groundhog kiln opening. Join us for BBQ, cold drinks, & bluegrass music by Steel Magnolia.
NOTE: Added on August 26th: To View images of the 11th Annual Luck's Legacy. Visit Around and About with Bulldog Pottery Blog.
The Seagrove Potters for Peace began selling their cups today in various shops across the Seagrove Community. This morning opened with success at one of the shops -- Cady Clay Works. Beth and Jon spearheaded this charity event after reading Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortenson. Beth is selling her cups as well as other Seagrove potters at their shop on Busbee Road. You can find more cups being sold at some of the individual shops.
At Cady Clay Works : Westmoore, Tom Gray, Old Gap, From the Ground Up, Dover, Dean & Martin, Bulldog and Cady Clay Works
At Individual Shops: Whynot, Thomas, Old Gap, Jugtown, From the Ground Up, Caldwell-Hohl and Ben Owen Potteries
“SEAGROVE POTTERS FOR PEACE – 200 CUPS OF TEA”
Can terrorism really be fought with weapons? Does revenge ever end?
13 Seagrove Area Potteries have created special drinking vessels as a fundraiser for American Greg Mortenson, whose #1 NY Times Bestseller “Three Cups of Tea – One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time” explains his own efforts for peace.
Mortenson, through his Central Asia Institute (CAI), has built hundreds of schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where illiterate and impoverished children are prey to recruitment by terrorist organizations.
On Saturday, August 15, 200 teacups, mugs and tumblers will be offered for sale, with the full purchase price being donated to CAI. Many items are specially inscribed for this event. Copies of Mortenson’s book in adult, young adult and children’s versions will be for sale at several potteries.
Vessels by Whynot, Thomas, Old Gap, Jugtown, From the Ground Up, Caldwell-Hohl and Ben Owen Potteries will be for sale at the individual shops. Vessels by Westmoore, Tom Gray, Old Gap, From the Ground Up, Dover, Dean & Martin, Bulldog and Cady Clay Works Potteries will be for sale at Cady Clay Works. Items will be available exclusively at the shops until August 24, when any remaining vessels can be ordered by email or telephone.
More information about the individual potteries, as well as a request form for a free Seagrove Area map, can be found at www.discoverseagrove.com, or email email@example.com.
Mortenson, who many believe will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, will be the NC State Convocation speaker on August 17.
After a failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain, Mortenson got lost and wandered into a remote mountain village in Pakistan. The impoverished local people shared what little they had and nursed him back to health. He returned to the US, sold most of his belongings, lived in his car and tried to raise money to build the village a school. The skeptical villagers, who had heard promises from foreign climbers before, were astonished when he returned a year later with building materials.
In CAI’s publication, “Journey of Hope”, Karin Ronnow explains: “Ultimately, most Pakistanis and Afghans want peace. They want working democracy. They want more and better-paying jobs, good roads, clean drinking water and food to eat. They are fed up with violence and they want to get on with living their lives. And they know a better future for their children starts with education.”
More information can be found at CAI’s website, www.ikat.org, or www.penniesforpeace.org, an educational fundraising program for schoolchildren of all ages.
Potter Beth Gore of Cady Clay Works urges everyone, of all beliefs, to read “Three Cups of Tea”. “It’s obvious that we, as Americans, are woefully uninformed about the people, beliefs and way of life in these areas of military conflict.”
“Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time … (and) proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world.” - Tom Brokaw, who made the first $100 donation to Mortenson’s effort in 1993.
There will be a reception for the new exhibition that is up at the North Carolina Pottery Center tomorrow on August 14, 5:30-7:30. Read all about it at the Randolph Guide, they have a great article in their newspaper about the exhibition.
The exhibit will feature Historical Pottery of Fayetteville, NC - Highlighting 19th Century Webster & E. A. Poe Pottery, as well as, feature reproductions by David and Deborah Garner of Turn and Burn Pottery.
New Archaeological Discoveries at Town Creek Indian Mound Prove Humans Lived There 3,000 Years Earlier Than Historians Thought.
MT. GILEAD — Recent archaeological excavations at Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site have uncovered evidence that man lived at the site as far back as 13,000 years ago, some 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. Digs conducted June 22-26 uncovered a spear point thought to be the oldest artifact ever found at Town Creek, once the home of what archaeologists now call the Pee Dee people......
Plan a visit and explore the Seagrove Potteries- for the day, for the weekend, or for the week. There are many wonderful potters to visit and pottery to purchase, as well as, plenty of other interesting activites to do when touring the Seagrove Community. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about what is happening in and around our creative community of ceramic artisans.