Wednesday, December 1, 2010

North Carolina Pottery Center - The Collectors Eye opens December 4

North Carolina Pottery Center Exhibition - The Collector's Eye
Opening reception on December 4, 2010 - 3:30pm-5:30pm
Seagrove, NC

This exhibit will explore North Carolina pottery through pieces selected by seven North Carolina collectors. The collectors in this series are Monty Busick, Steve Compton, Bragg Cox, Leon Danielson, Joe Foster, George Hoffman and Joe Wilkinson. This exhibit presents an interesting perspective on North Carolina pottery. This is the first of the Collector’s Eye series that will begin the visual journey around the state through the collector’s eyes.

To read more about this exhibit visit the North Carolina Pottery Center's website.

Avery Pottery and Tileworks : December 4

Avery Pottery and Tileworks
December 4th 9am- 5pm

Blaine Avery will be having a special load of tiles coming out of the kiln for this weekend! He is also having a special offer for those that are either friends of him on facebook or on his e-newsletter list. Read all about it here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Seagrove Pottery - Thomas Pottery Kiln Opening Dec. 4

Image by Jason Dowdle

Thomas Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening
December 4&5, 2010
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-4pm
Seagrove, NC

The Thomas Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening welcomes you to see their popular snow scene dinnerware, serving pieces and decorative ware. Hand-painted log cabin, snowmen and fur tree designs are one-of-a-kind. Also featuring woodland angels, candle holders, holiday trays and tree ornaments. Enjoy tours of the studio, and refreshments.

Seagrove Pottery - Chris Luther Pottery Kiln Opening December 4

Chris Luther Pottery Kiln Opening
December 4, 2010 9:00am -6:00pm
Seagrove, NC

Chris Luther Pottery last kiln of the year will feature rivulet chargers/plates, trumpet bowls, noodle bowls, tall spiral/pod bottles, and a couple hundred small bowls for the holiday season. Colors available will be Cranberry, Enole Green, Turquoise, Amber, Baxter's Yellow, and a variety of Shinos. There will also be an assortment of vases from large to small in the showroom alongside folk art ornaments from our son, Adam. Preview online December 3rd.

To read his latest e-newsletter visit here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Seagrove Pottery- Westmoore Pottery Kiln Opening December 4

Image from Westmoore Pottery

Westmoore Pottery
December 4, 2010-Saturday, from 9am to 5pm
Seagrove, NC

Join the folks at Westmoore Pottery this Saturday, from 9am to 5pm, as they celebrate the holiday season. The shop will be decorated for the holidays, and a kiln load of pottery will be unloaded, including special pieces made just for this day. Refreshments will be served.

Seagrove Pottery - Jugtown Pottery Kiln Opening - December 4

Jugtown Holiday Kiln Opening
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Seagrove, NC

Museum opens at 7:00am with refreshments. Come early, get a number so that you don't have to stand in line, and enjoy a hot drink and a bite to eat. Go to Jugtown Pottery to see photographs of pots that will be available at the kiln opening.

Jewelry by Jennie of JLK

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Seagrove Pottery-Bulldog Pottery Kiln Opening December 4

Bulldog Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening
Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke

December 4, 2010
Saturday from 9:30-5:30
Seagrove, NC

Seagrove Potters Bruce and Samantha will have a fresh variety of pottery in their shop for the holiday season. Visit them at their studio for lively conversation about their recent work. There are always new creative endeavors in the works at Bulldog Pottery, where Bruce and Samantha let their muses inspire them from one series of experiments to another.

To read Bulldog Pottery's e-newsletter thay sent out last week visit here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Celebration of Seagrove Potters

Big Weekend Ahead in Pottery Country

Read all about the big weekend coming up in Pottery Country! On Pottery Highway 705!
by John Chappel

"The hottest ticket in town - or at least anywhere around - could be the $35 ducat that covers this weekend's Celebration of Seagrove Potters from opening gala to closing bell.

The event last year drew more than 400 to the Friday night gala and more than 5,000 from North Carolina and surrounding states to the two-day sales event. ".....

To read more .... Visit The Pilot of Southern Pines

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Gala

This collaboration between Latham Pottery and Lufkin Pottery will be up for auction at the Celebration of Seagrove Potters' Gala Friday night.
Tickets still can be purchased for $35 and held at the door Friday evening. The Gala begins at 6:00pm.
For more details check out the Celebration of Seagrove Potters website
Nov. 19 Friday Gala starts at 6:00pm-9:00pm
Nov. 20 Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
Nov. 21 Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

Monday, November 15, 2010

Celebration of Seagrove Potters

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters is this upcoming weekend! Beginning Friday evening on the 19th the Gala opens up this famous pottery weekend at 6:00pm. Music, food, conversations with pottery lovers, and the collaborative auction all make for this evening to be loads of fun. You can sign up to win two tickets to the Friday night gala at the Celebration of Seagrove Potters website. The 35$ tickets are good for the whole weekend.

On Saturday morning the Seagrove pottery show opens up at 9:00am and on Sunday morning at 10:000 am. Each day there is a 5$ gate admittance. There will be demos in the afternoon and plenty of pottery to look at! The Celebration of Seagrove Potters includes the potters that live in and around the town of Seagrove.

To read more about this exciting weekend visit the Celebration of Seagrove Potters. On the home page there is a place where you can sign up for those free Gala tickets.
To learn more about the Seagrove Area visit Discover Seagrove.

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters takes place at the Luck's Cannery around a mile down Pottery Highway 705 from the town of Seagrove.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Seagrove in the Blogosphere: Carolina Arts Unleashed

From Westmoore Pottery

Lots going on in Seagrove, North Carolina. Tom Starland wrote a summary of the upcoming events happening in Seagrove - located in the Center of the state.

By Tom Starland of the Carolina Arts

A Look at the Seagrove, NC, Area Calendar – the Center of NC Pottery

That “Center of NC Pottery” thing is more about a geographical description. We know there is pottery going on all over North Carolina, but it sounds good saying it. We definitely hear more from the potters in the Seagrove area. But if you ever want to know what’s going on or being planned in Seagrove, just check the site of the Seagrove Area Potters Association at Discover Seagrove.

To Read the rest of the article visit Tom's blog- Carolina Arts Unleased.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Seagrove Pottery Wood Kiln Openings this weekend

Image from Cady Clay Works website

Cady Clay Works and Ben Owen III will be having a Wood Fired Kiln Opening this weekend, November 6, on Saturday.
Theses two potteries are just down the street from one another! A two and one kiln opening day.
To see a preview of Ben Owens III work visit his website. He has images of some the pieces that he pulled from his recent wood kiln.

The Pilot has a article in their newspaper today.
......"Mellage and his wife, Beth Gore, fire their Anagama each fall. Their unusual kiln stair-steps a steep slope behind their studio to take advantage of natural drafts created when heat rises through the kiln from the firebox at the foot of the hill to the tall chimney at the top of the hill.".... To read more visit the Pilot's website.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chapel Hill Challenge-Why are folks throwing pots around 705?

In the Chapel Hill's Herald Sun there is a weekly challenge question that the readers can answer to win a special prize. This past weeks question?

"Why are folks who live near Highway 705 in the Piedmont Triad always throwing around pots?"

There was a winning answer!
According to Falconer, "Highway 705 runs through the Seagrove area, known for pottery, and has been designated by the state as the official NC Pottery Highway."

Well, I for one will agree with that. What were we doing yesterday and what will we be doing today? .... drum roll please.... Yes you are correct! Throwing pots.
..."According to, "This small 'Seagrove area' of central NC has been home to many potters since the late 1700s. Potters who grew up in NC pottery families, locals inspired by NC pottery traditions who learned their trade at Seagrove area community colleges, and potters from elsewhere attracted by the Seagrove pottery community run the nearly one hundred Seagrove area pottery shops. There are a few pottery shops in the town of Seagrove, which is also the home of the NC Pottery Center, but many more potteries are located in the surrounding rural area. "

To read more of this answer visit the Herald Sun! And a thank you goes out to the people working there for thinking about us over here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Seagrove Potters Caldwell-Hohl Artworks Kiln Opening Tomorrow

Caldwell-Hohl Artworks Kiln Opening this weekend
October 16-17, 2010
10:00-5:00 both days

"Our Fall Kiln Opening is a wonderful experience for everyone. We always feature new work and plenty of one of a kind pieces. Every year, we have several guest artists and live music. Light refreshments, wine and cheese are part of the festivities.
Customers enjoy demonstrations of pottery, weaving, spinning, wood turning and glass blowing.
We also offer tours of our studio and our log cabin.

Pleases visit our website for directions to our gallery or just call!!"

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Clay and Blogs - Telling a Story"

This image is from Carolina Arts Unleashed taken by Tom Starland

by Tom Starland of Carolina Arts , A monthly newspaper about the Arts in South and North Carolina

October 10th, 2010

Tom Starland of the Carolina Arts wrote an account of his experience at the "Clay and Blogs-Telling a Story" exhibition on his blog, Carolina Arts Unleashed. Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery organized this show of around 50 clay bloggers. There is also an online component to this show. The clay pottery bloggers have each selected a piece for the online show and sale. You can see these pieces here on the Arts Council of Moore County's website. To be able to link to the potters' blogs you can find their blog links listed here.

Tom writes in Carolina Arts Unleashed , "But, like a butterfly in a field of flowers I fluttered from one group of pottery to the next amazed at how much more interesting the next group of pottery could be – as if I’ve never seen a display of pottery before. The display was excellent and the diversity in styles, forms, and techniques was never-ending. I think I went through the entire display at least twice – a few times discovering new wonders overlooked at first glance."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Seagrove Potter - Blaine Avery October 16 Kiln Opening

Avery Pottery and Tile Works Fall Kiln Opening
October 16 and 17, 2010 Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 11am-4pm
Seagrove, NC on 636 Potters Way Rd.

Blaine Avery is having his fall kiln opening and he has been hard at work designing teapots, cups, mugs, tiles and other special pieces for this pottery sale. You can read his e-mail announcement here and keep up with what he is doing in the studio at his blog- Avery Pottery and Tileworks.

Monday, October 4, 2010

SRARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch

STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale -
Friday October 15 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Come help STARworks harvest its first crop of unique handblown glass pumpkins. Choose from hundreds of pumpkins priced from $30-$100.
Special Preview with glass blowing demonstration on.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lunch and Learn at the Randolph Arts Guild

Image of Ron Philbeck at the Moring Arts Guild. The images were provided by Ron and this one was taken by John E. Abernethy

Join the Randolph Arts Guild on Tuesday September 28th, from 12pm to 1pm as they host their popular “Lunch and Learn” series. From Within to the Surface artists Amy Sanders and Ron Philbeck will answer questions and share information about their ceramic processes and experiences. The event is free. Please bring your own lunch.

From Within to the Surface is an exhibition of new ceramic works by Julie Wiggins, Amy Sanders, Ron Philbeck, Jennifer Mecca, Adrienne Dellinger, and Greg Scott. The exhibition is ongoing through September 28th, 2010.

These six ceramic artists have shown regionally and nationally together over the past five years. This exhibition of new work features both decorative ceramics as well as utilitarian items. Styles range from wood fired stoneware to decorated porcelain and earthenware. The title of the exhibition, From Within to the Surface, reflects the methods in which these artists create strong clay forms that are married to various decorative and/or surface treatments. Examples include multiple and layered glaze, mishima inlay, sgraffito, sprigged colored clay, and clay textured surfaces. Over 50 pots are be featured.

For additional information contact the Randolph Arts Guild at 336-629-0399 or visit The Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203.

To read and see more images of "From within to the Surface" exhibition both Ron Philbeck and Jen Mecca have wonderful blog posts that capture the evening and set up at the Sara Self Gallery.

Here are two clay baskets by Amy Sanders

Friday, September 24, 2010

Seagrove Potter - Micheal Mahan - Kiln Opening Oct 3

From the Ground Up - October 2 , 9pm-5pm - Kiln Opening

Michael Mahan will be having his annual Turkey Roast and kiln opening at his pottery, From the Ground Up. He will be featuring pottery from his wood kiln for this special event. A Chef from Cary will be making the food. "Will he smoke or fry the turkey?"

Follow along Micheal's blog to watch him and his son Levi prepare for their pottery opening.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

STARworks Ceramics Open House - September 24

Open House on Sep 24th, 2010, Friday 5-7pm
STARworks Ceramics will have Open House on September 24th (Friday) 5-7pm. We offer you our new clay samples for free. Please save this date and come to see us. Refreshments and drinks are to be served.

STARworks Ceramics Materials & Research
P.O. Box 159, 100 Russell St.
Star, NC 27356
Hours: Monday-Friday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (910) 428-9007

Direction; Take US 220/I-73/74 to the Star/Robbins Exit. Go west towards Star at the off-ramp. Continue about 1 mile to stop sign. Take a left at the stop sign onto Hwy 220A and take your first right onto West College Street. The second gate on the right is the entrance.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Seagrove Potter - Chris Luther Kiln Opening

September 25, 2010
Chris Luther Altered Series Kiln Opening
This Saturday from 9am-5pm, Chris Luther will be showcasing his new altered pottery series,
As quoted from his Chris Luther Pottery blog, "I occasionally veer from my traditional, round clay roots and grab my knives, graters, and paddles to go at the clay. If it sounds like fun - it is. Angular vases, arched bowls, and shaved bottles are in the lineup for this opening at the studio."

Chris Luther will have a preview posted on his website around September 24th.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Artifex- Mary Clara Capel - The Gilded Orchid

Mary Clara Capel's - The Gilded Orchid
Opening on Friday September 17, 2010 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
At the Artifex Gallery in Troy, NC - 401 N. Main Street

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Clay and Blogs Show-Telling a Story at Campbell House

Clay and Blogs Show -- Telling a Story
Curated by Seagrove Potter Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery
at the Campbell House in Southern Pines--Arts Council of Moore County
Online Gallery of a piece from each potter for sale now.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 2010, 6 to 8 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: October 1-29, 2010
Weekday Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online Gallery Dates: September 1-October 29, 2010 Online Gallery Hours: Everyday, All day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

David Stuempfle September 4 Kiln Opening

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Luck Legacy-Saturday-August 28, 2010


12th Annual Kiln Opening

Saturday, August 28, 2010

9AM to 3PM (Kiln opening at 10AM)

Sid will be joined by: Laura Beavers * Chad Brown

Shurby Cagle * Shirley Criscoe * Raymond Edwards * Kim Hill

Carson Hines * Jannie Hines * Stacy Lambert

Jason Luck * Matthew Luck * Rhonda Myrick * Frank Ray

Lucille Sabiston * Molcy Solberg

Special Guests: Kevin Brown & Sandy Cole from North Cole Pottery (Sanford)

There will also be collaborative and commemorative pieces, many made exclusively for this gathering, at The Silent Auction!

Salt Glazed wares available - fresh from the kiln!

Join us for BBQ, Cold Drinks,

Bluegrass Music by Steel Magnolia & POTTERY!

For more information, call Luck’s Ware at 336.879.3261

Email: ***Website:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Opening at the North Carolina Pottery Center

Pottery from the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild
OPENING TONIGHT: at the North Carolina Pottery Center
August 13, Friday evening from 6-8pm
This exhibition will be on display from Aug. 13 - Nov. 13

Written in the The Pilot of Southern Pines,
" The North Carolina Pottery Center announces the exhibition “Pottery from the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild,” with an opening reception that is free to the public, Friday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit, which includes for-sale pieces, will be on exhibit Aug. 13-Nov. 13."

"The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild was founded in 2007 by a group of Wilmington potters with the purpose of sharing ideas and promoting the art and craft of pottery in its community. The Guild has grown to 100 members who reside in the eastern regions of North and South Carolina and are a diverse group consisting of full-time, part-time and student potters."

To read more of this article visit The Pilot.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Horizons-Millie Whitley at the Artifex Gallery

Opening Friday August 13th at the ARTifex Studio School and Gallery, from 6-8:30pm, 401 N. Main St. in Troy.

Mary Anderson writes in the Courier Tribune,

"TROY — An exhibit of paintings by local artist Millie Whitley will open at the ARTifex studio school and gallery in Troy on Monday, Aug. 13. The opening reception will be on Friday, Aug. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the gallery, 401 N. Main St., Troy. The public is invited to meet the artist and preview the exhibit."
.......“I am fascinated with shapes and their relationship to each other. Textures intrigue me and I try to use visual textures and color to evoke feelings,” Whitley said. “Most of my work is nostalgic, bringing with it memories and mysteries of another time or experience.”

To read more of this article visit the Courier Tribune, Asheboro.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Robbins Farmers Day Festival- Aug 5-7

Robbins Farmers Day
Rodeo, arts and crafts, antique tractors and more

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Central Park NC Newsletter

Central Park NC recently sent out their newsletter. If you would like to download the PDF version you can so here. They send these out periodically throughout the year. Sign up for their newsletter here.

Central Park NC is located north of downtown Star in the big, brick building (formerly a hosiery mill) under the green water tower. To find out more information about them you can visit their website at About Us.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Seagrove Potters for Peace

On Aug. 14, 24 Seagrove Potteries have joined together to help Greg Mortenson raise money to build schools in impoverished areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They call themselves the Seagrove Potters for Peace. They all have made specially signed pieces to sell from their pottery shops and will donate 1/2 of the sales to Mr. Mortenson's group the Central Asia Institute.
The list of participating potteries and detailed information can be found on the Seagrove Potters for Peace website.

The Courier Tribune released an article by Mary Anderson today (July 26) in their Asheboro newspaper.
“Buy one vessel and you have provided a school uniform for one child, two vessels and you have paid a child’s school expenses for an entire year. A small purchase makes a big difference,” said Beth Gore, who has organized the event for the second year. “Every cent of the sales from this fund-raiser will go to Mortenson. The potters have donated their time and their wares to turn stoneware into schools.”

Friday, July 23, 2010

Benefit Auction-July 24

On Saturday July 24 from 11:00am- until..,
a benefit BBQ chicken and hot dog supper for Jennifer Williams will be held by Trinity Wesleyan Church of Seagrove and Erect communities.

This benefit is being held for Jennifer Williams, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Proceeds will go for rehabilitation and physical therapy treatments.

Menu will be BBQ chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll, dessert and drink for $7. Children's plate for $3.50 or two hot dogs with chips, dessert and drink for $5; ages 4 and under are free. Eat in or take out; a silent auction will go on throughout the day.

The Trinity Wesleyan Church is at 3224 Trinity Church Road, Seagrove, NC 27341-8472, (336) 879-5222

Info is from the "Get This" a publication by the Courier-Tribune. Its focus is on Randolph County but its content goes beyond. These can be picked up at various locations. I got mine from the Seagrove Pharmacy.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mt Gilead Art Crawl--Tonight July 16

Third Fridays Art Crawl in Mt. Gilead, July 16, 6-8

Historic Downtown Mount Gilead blog
Kids activities
Stores open
Music in the streets
Wood-turning demonstrations
Light refreshments
6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seagrove in the Blogosphere : Carolina Arts Unleashed


Tom Starland writes in Carolina Arts Unleashed, "Believe it or not – there are a few folks who don’t know about Seagrove, NC – the center of North Carolina pottery. I mean – most around the world who know anything about clay – know about Seagrove, but some folks still don’t and a few others appreciate a heads up on events taking place there."

To read more..... go to Carolina Arts Unleased.......

Monday, July 5, 2010

Stick to it – Invited Artists at the Sara Self Gallery

This image is from Randolph Arts Guild's website

Stick To It! Opening Reception - Tomorrow Night!

The Randolph Arts Guild - Sara Smith Self Gallery

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Featuring art work from invited artists, inspired by and made out of duct tape.

(The date was incorrect in the Get This! calendar last week so please remind your friends that the reception will be tomorrow, TUESDAY night.)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Man in Trees at Artifex

Wood Guys Do Art??
Next Friday on July 9th there will be an opening for the next exhibition at Artifex. The opening is from 6:30-9:30pm. Please RSVP (910-975-0085) or beverly [at]

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Four Seagrove Potteries - Bulldog Pottery, Art Pottery, Donna Craven, Chris Luther

June 5&6

Donna Craven will be having a special show and sale this weekend. Read about it at Carolina Arts Unleashed.

Chris Luther will be having a special show and sale this weekend.

Bulldog Pottery and Art Pottery will be hosting Val Cushing, Michael Kline, and Allison McGowan this weekend for Cousins in Clay.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cousins in Clay June 5 & 6 in Seagrove

Read about "Cousins in Clay" at Tom Starland's blog Carolina Arts Unleashed , and Carolina Arts featured articles .

"The Cousins" are coming --To Seagrove, NC. At Bulldog Pottery-Gholson/Henneke & Art Pottery-Johnston/Gentithes

On Saturday (June 5), "Cousins in Clay" begins at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and on Sunday (June 6) between 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Seven potters -- Two Locations - June 5&6 - Saturday and Sunday - Seagrove- in central NC.

Val Cushing (Alfred, NY) and Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC) will be joining -- Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke -- at Bulldog Pottery.

Allison McGowan (Concord, NC) will be joining Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes at their pottery.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In the Grove - May Issue

This is the second issue of "In the Grove" by Rhonda McCanless. Would you like a version of this newsletter e-mailed to you? You can request a copy at the e-mail:
professional_page at

Copies of the "In the Grove" are distributed around town. One of the places you can pick up a copy is at the North Carolina Pottery Center.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Following and Creating Tradition" - Jugtown Pottery at the Campbell House

This Friday evening on May 7 there will be a reception for Jugtown Pottery "Following and Creating Tradition", at Moore County's Arts Council Campbell House in Southern Pines. The reception is from 6-8p.m. The Campbell House is located on 482 E. Connecticut Ave. This exhibit will run through May 28.
Campbell House hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Sat. May 15 2-4. For more in call 910-692-2787