Monday, December 3, 2012

Bulldog Pottery - Donna Craven Pottery - Ben Owen III Pottery -- Dec 15, 2012 Kiln Openings

Bulldog Pottery Holiday kiln opening Postcard Dec. 15, 2012

Bulldog Pottery - Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke Holiday Kiln Opening
December 15, 2012
10:00am - 5:00pm
at Bulldog Pottery Shop
3306 US Hwy 220
Seagrove, NC
for more info 336-302-3469 or 910-428-9728

Bulldog Pottery Holiday kiln opening Postcard Back Dec. 15, 2012

Donna Craven Pottery
Donna Crave Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening
Donna Craven Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening
December 15, 2012
9:00 am- 5:00 pm
at Donna Craven Pottery Shop
2616 Old Cox Rd
Asheboro, NC 27205
For more information 336-629-8173

Ben Owen Pottery
Ben Owen III Candlesticks
Ben Owen III Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening
December 15, 2012
10:00am - 5:00pm
refreshments served from 9:00am - 9:50am
At Ben Owen Pottery Shop
2199 South Pottery Hwy 705
Seagrove, NC 27341
For more information 910-464-2261
Visit Ben's website at Ben Owen Pottery

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Seagrove, North Carolina

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Nov 16- 18, 2012,  Seagrove North Carolina
 5th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters 
 November 16th - 18th, 2012 
Nov. 16 - Friday evening gala from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Nov. 17 - Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Nov. 18 - Sunday 10:00am- 4:00pm
Historic Luck's Cannery is located around a mile from Seagrove on Pottery Highway 705

Seagrove potters have been hard at work in preparation for the big event. This year’s Celebration features 65 Seagrove pottery shops and more than 100 authentic Seagrove artists. The Celebration, held in the historic Luck’s Cannery on N.C. Highway 705 in Seagrove, is one of the most spectacular pottery events in North Carolina. Approximately 5,000 people visit each year throughout the weekend.

The Friday Night Gala, November 16th, provides customers the opportunity to preview all the pottery available and to be first in line to purchase. Additionally, they enjoy live jazz music and meet and greet with potters during the catered reception. This year features local restaurant, "Something Different" of Asheboro, music from "The Gary Woodard Band" and samples from local Asheboro brewery "Four Saints".

You can purchase your Gala tickets here online. Tickets for the Gala are $40 in advance. The Gala ticket price also includes Saturday and Sunday admission to the Celebration. Event tickets can be purchased at the door for $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.

The collaborative auction is an exciting aspect of the Gala. The auction offers the rare opportunity to bid on special pots created by two or more potters working together. These unique pots showcase each individual’s talent, creating one of the most diverse and exceptional groupings of highly collectable pots available. For a preview of what will be offered during the Gala auction, visit Celebration of Seagrove Potters

Among the collaborations are works by Bruce Gholson and Ben Owen, Pam and Travis Owens and Jennie Keatts, Sid Luck and Stacy Lambert, David Garner and Jeff McDowell, Michael Mahan and Will McCanless, Frank Neef and Paul Ray, Donna Craven and Susan Greene, Janice and Bruce Latham, Crystal King and Jeffery Dean, Bonnie Burns and Chris Luther, Michael Mahan and Phil Pollet. The Celebration of Seagrove Potters can also be followed on Facebook. Potters regularly post updates and photos of what they have been working on.

The Celebration continues November 17th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and November 18th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday visitors will have the opportunity to bid on special pots donated for the silent auction, which takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Potters will demonstrate throughout the weekend event. Demonstrating potters include: Eck McCanless, Michael Mahan, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Charles “Doc” Tostoe, Frank Neef, Jared Zehmer and David Fernandez. 

Children are encouraged to attend the event with two booths designed with them in mind. In one, children have the opportunity to explore their creativity with hands-on activities. The other features donated pots that only children can purchase, priced from $1 to $5. The proceeds benefit art programs in local schools.

Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Country Pots, Cross Creek, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Dixieland, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fat Beagle, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, Jessica Dennis, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Jugtown, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Lantern Hill, Latham’s, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, McCanless, McKay, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Ol' Henry, Old Gap, Original Owens, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Thomas, Tom Gray,Triple C, Turn & Burn, Uwharrie Crystalline, Whynot, Windsong and Zehmer.

The Celebration appreciates the support of the following sponsors: Life 103.1, The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, First Bank, Wet Dog Glass, Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation, Asheboro Elastics, Starworks, Insurance Associates of the Triad, NC Zoo Society, Carolina Arts, Flowers on Main, Four Saints Brewery, Mistletoe Meadows, Village Printing, Prevo Drugs, Upton Accounting, Stan Beck Insurance, TreesNC, Bay Electric and Century Link.

More information about the Seagrove area pottery tradition and the potters who are carrying on that tradition can be found at Discover Seagrove website. Be sure to stop by the Patron Membership table at the Celebration to get information on special events and offers available at individual shops throughout the year.

Ed Henneke purchasing his Celebration of Seagrove Potters sweat shirt

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Announcement

Collaboration thrown by Bruce Gholson and glazed by Ben Owen III

Collaboration thrown by Chris Luther and decorated by Bonnie Burns

Sid Luck of Luck's Ware at the Celebration of Seagrove Potters

Celebration of Seagrove Potters 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty

"Ceramics Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty" - November 10, 2012 - January 19, 2013

The North Carolina Pottery Center invites the public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception of the upcoming Exhibition: “Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty,” at the North Carolina Pottery Center.   

Opening Reception on November 10
“Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty"
Saturday, November 10, 2012 
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m
 North Carolina Pottery Center
  233 East Avenue in SeagroveNC.

Show runs from November 10, 2012- January 19, 2013

An illustrated catalog documenting the work will accompany the show and will be available for sale.

The Exhibition showcases the high quality and rich diverseness of clay art created by faculty who are instructors of ceramics at universities and colleges throughout North Carolina.  At the same time, it gives evidence of the experience available to college students in North Carolina’s Universities and Colleges and aptly reflects the spirit of design and the faculty’s commitment to North Carolina’s ceramic education.

Featured faculty in the exhibit are; Lynn Duryea, Lisa M. Stinson, and Roy Strassberg of Appalachian State University,  Mark Gordon of Barton College, Seo Eo and Jim Tisnado of East Carolina University, Michael Sanford of Elon College, Socorro Hernandez of Fayetteville State University, Janet Gaddy of Greensboro College, Charles Tefft of Guilford College, Andrea Wheless of High Point University, Holly Fischer, Warner Hyde, and Lisa F. Pearce of Meredith College, Yun-Dong Nam of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Janet Williams of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Nikki Blair of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Vicky Smith of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Leah Leitson of Warren Wilson College, Joan Byrd and George Rector of Western Carolina University, and Marilyn Hartness of Wingate University.

Also on Saturday, November 10th, the Center is opening its doors and grounds for the education and benefit of the public with 5th generation Seagrove potter Chad Brown of the Chriscoe family, firing the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood. The public is welcome to come out to view the firing and see how the process was done over 200 years ago and still continues today.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Collector's Eye, Series II: Seven Perspectives - North Carolina Pottery Center

North Carolina Pottery Center opening Aug 24, 2012 in Seagrove, North Carolina

Please join the North Carolina Pottery Center for the Opening Reception. Reception is open to the public free of charge

Collector's Eye, Series II: Seven Perspectives

Friday, August 17th, 2012 5:30-7:30
Show continues until October 27
Seagrove, North Carolina
233 East Avenue, PO Box 531, Seagrove, NC 27341
(336) 873-8430
NCPC's Regular Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Read About it at the Courier Tribune

From the Courier Tribune
SEAGROVE — “The Collector’s Eye, Series II: Seven Perspectives,” which explores the state’s pottery heritage through examples of pottery selected by seven women from their personal collections, will be on display at the N.C. Pottery Center in Seagrove, beginning Aug. 10.

The collectors include Cynthia Brown, Hope B. Haywood, Patricia H. Hyman, Eleanor Owen, Bunny Andrews Schrooer, Peg Wiebe and one collector who chooses to remain anonymous. These collectors provide a unique and interesting perspective on North Carolina pottery, filling a special niche in preserving the state’s clay heritage.

This is the second installment of the “Collector’s Eye” series (the first included seven collectors who are men and ran from Nov. 23, 2010 through Feb. 12, 2011) that takes the viewer on a visual journey around the state’s potteries through selected collectors’ eyes. Nearly 140 objects are displayed in the exhibit, including historic and contemporary North Carolina pottery made by some of North Carolina’s finest potters.

The exhibit will open Aug. 10 and continue through Oct. 27.
An opening reception will take place at the center Friday, Aug. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public. A full-color catalog, including all of the exhibited pottery, will be available for purchase. Special thanks to catalog sponsor, Daisy Wade Bridges.

Four Saints Brewing Company of Asheboro ( and the N.C. Pottery Collectors’ Guild of Raleigh ( are sponsoring the opening reception.
Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of the center’s membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Friday, July 6, 2012

Farmers Markets - Asheboro and Troy, North Carolina

The Asheboro Farmers Market is on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
134 S. Church Street, Asheboro, NC

The Troy Farmers Market is on Thursday from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
417 North Main Street, Troy, NC
To sign up for the Montgomery County Farmers Market newsletter please e-mail Sheila at mcfma2011 at gmail dot com

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our State Magazine - 100 North Carolina Icons

Our State Magazine - List of North Carolina's 100 icons
North Carolina's Our State Magazine recently released a list of 100 North Carolina icons, and we are happy to announce that Seagrove Pottery is on the list at number 23.  To read the list, down load it, and start checking it off for yourself visit Our State Magazine's website.

We subscribe to Our State and receive the magazine monthly in the mail. We also sell the magazine out of our pottery shop. We are big fans of this beautiful color glossy NC magazine.

"Our State: Down Home in North Carolina celebrates the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, folklore and beautiful scenic photography."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Concert Series in Asheboro, NC

Information from the Courier Tribune
All concerts begin at 7:00 pm
They are held in Bicentennial Park in downtown Asheboro
The Craig Woolard Band
Sunday, June 17
The Craig Woolard Band is a Carolina-based beach group that also performs a variety of other music — from R&B to country to rock ‘n’ roll, from The Temptations to The Four Tops, Rod Stewart to Journey, Ray Charles to Otis Redding, Sam Cooke to Michael Buble, Ray LaMontagne to The Black Eyed Peas.
Frontman Craig Woolard spent years with The Embers as lead singer and frontman for one of North Carolina’s official ambassadors of beach music. For the past six years, he has co-hosted the Carolina Beach Music Awards (CBMA) at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach. In 2010 and 2011, Woolard was honored as CBMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year.
African Children’s Choir
Wednesday, June 20
Since 1984, over a thousand children have toured as members of the African Children’s Choir. Their message of hope has touched audiences around the world, and changed the lives of thousands more of Africa’s most vulnerable children.
The African Children’s Choir is just one program run by Music for Life. The tour raises money to support educational and humanitarian programs across East and South Africa.
Music for Life currently works in seven African countries: Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana and South Sudan.
Black & Blue
Sunday, July 15
Since 1968, Black & Blue has entertained audiences in some of the most elegant nightclubs worldwide — from the Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico, and across the eastern United States and Canada.
Ted Hall, the band manager, says, “The most important thing is to keep your audience entertained from the minute you hit the stage right through the last song of the night.”
Whether performing a choreographed stage show or playing to a dance crowd, Black & Blue is one of the most versatile groups on the music circuit. From Golden Oldies to current Top 40, the group of eight can switch to any type of musical format with ease.
Eric & The Chill Tones
Sunday, Aug. 5
Lead singer Eric Chilton is probably best-known to local folks for his weather duties at WFMYNews 2. Some may also know Eric’s voice from his singing with the Greensboro Big Band for many years. But he is also a beach music fanatic.
Here’s what someone had to say about a performance by the group: “Eric and The Chill Tones played during a benefit at Reidsville Elks Lodge and it was one of the best dances ever there. Eric and The Chill Tones put on a great show with great music and kept the crowd dancing all night long! The Elks crowd liked them so much they booked them for New Year’s Eve that very night. Great band and great time!”
The Holiday Band
Sunday, Aug. 19
The Holiday Band was formed in 1991 in Burlington, N.C. For years, the group played part-time, mostly for private events. With its blend of soul, blues, funk and Carolina beach music, however, the band established itself as premier entertainers.
Due to the success of the group’s recordings, the number of appearances gradually increased. Now they play 175 dates — or more — each year.
The band has received several awards, including a CAMMY for best album. The Rhythm & Beach Top 40 countdown recently awarded the band for having the most songs to chart in the past 10 years.
They have played thousands of shows from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Cozumel, Mexico, with an ever-present theme: Keep The Music Alive!
The Embers
Monday, Sept. 3
For decades The Embers have been making music by playing a mix of rhythm and blues and heart and soul.
R&B became the foundation and essence of soul music and the Motown sound, but in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Alabama, the name that applies is “beach music.”
To say that The Embers play beach music is an understatement. After 18 albums and numerous single releases, The Embers are one of the most popular and active groups in the country, boasting about 250 dates a year from Toronto to Florida to California. They have played for presidents and princes, students and bankers, at the beach and in the city, on record and in concert, for the armed forces and audiences all around the world.
In December of 2007 and again in 2008, The Embers were invited to perform their Christmas program for troops and their families at military camps and bases throughout South Korea.
The Fantastic Shakers
Sunday, Sept. 16
The third week of September in 1978 marked the beginning of an era: The formation of The Fantastic Shakers. Since its inception, the band has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida and throughout the Southeast. South Carolina’s Grand Strand has become the band’s summer home and their hit single, “Myrtle Beach Days,” catapulted The Shakers to the top of the Carolinas’ musical groups.
The group has won a laundry list of beach music awards over the years, including two-time show group of the year and three-time album of the year. Lead singer Bo Schronce has been named Male Vocalist of the Year on four occasions, as well as induction into the Hall of Fame.
The music is great, but what sets The Fantastic Shakers apart is the personality of the group. From start to finish every performance becomes a party.
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Friday, June 1, 2012

STARworks Ceramics Open House Today and Tomorrow

Open House 2012

June 1(Friday) 5:00pm-8:00pm
June 2 (Saturday) 1:00pm-7:00pm
100D Russell Dr. Star, NC 27356

Free Clay Samples!
New Michfield Clays
We are ready to sell New Michfiled Clay and Seagrove Clay from that day and we will give you small clay samples for you to try!

Free workshops! 
We will have three guests for our open house and it is free of charge!
Guests: Yousuke Koizumi (Shimpo Ceramics), Karen Wise (Shimpo Ceramics) and Ian Chung (Cone Art Kilns)

Special Discount Sales!
For Shimpo Special two days open house deal is big! For example, VL-Whisper(Retail $1195) will be only $849 + Free Shimpo Stool (Retail $59.95), and Cone Art Kiln BX2827D (Retail $3995) will be only $2999 + Free Replace element! This is just a example.You will save hundreds of dollars! 

Workshop Schedule
June 1st, Friday
5:00pm-6:00pm  Yousuke Koizumi/ Wheel Throwing demonstration
6:30pm-7:30pm  Ian Chung/ Electric Kiln Workshop

June 2nd, Saturday
1:00pm-2:00pm, Karen Wise/ Wheel Throwing Demonstration and Slide presentation
3:00pm-4:30pm, Ian Chung/ Electric Kiln Workshop
5:00 pm-6:30pm, Yousuke Koizumi/ Wheel Throwing Demonstration and Slide presentation

About the Demonstrators

Yousuke Koizumi
 from Shimpo Ceramics will have a Wheel throwing demo with slides on the history of Japanese Ceramics.

Ian Chung
from Cone Art Kilns will have a Electric Kiln Workshop
Learn how to troubleshoot your kiln by using household items
Learn how to achieve a wood fired look on your pieces in an electric kiln

Karen Wise
from Shimpo Ceramics will have a demonstration and slide presentation.
Slide show: Historical Native American potters, current Native American Potters, Current contemporary artists and methods of building, decorating and firing.
Clay Demonstration:Throwing and trimming closed forms, free-hand carving techniques, and other decorating methods.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Seagrove Pottery Kiln Openings on Memorial Day Weekend

Bulldog Pottery Cousins in Clay May 26 and 27, 2012

"Cousins in Clay" at Bulldog Pottery - 3306 US Hwy. 220  in Seagrove, North Carolina 
Saturday, May 26:10:00am - 5:00pm 
Sunday, May 27: 10:00am - 4:00pm

An Incredible Weekend with Ron Meyers, Judith Duff, Michael Kline and All Things about Clay
Hosted by Potters: Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke 

Michael Kline: Brushwork Demonstration on Saturday at 2:00pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm
Saturday: Chronis Pou Vasiliou playing Greek Music. 
Light Buffet throughout Saturday

Sunday: Potters Potluck @noon "All Are Welcome" bring your favorite dish

Bulldog Pottery are located 5 miles south of Seagrove's town traffic light on Hwy 220, Look for the blue water tower.

For more information visit "Cousins in Clay" website and Bulldog Pottery's blog "Around and About with Bulldog Pottery" or call 336-302-3469.

Donna Craven Kiln Opening May 26, 2012
 Donna Craven Pottery Kiln Opening on Saturday May 26 9:00-5:00
Donna will fire a new load of pots in her wood kiln for this event. She will have a variety of old and new forms, both large and small, including items for the spring.

Whynot Pottery Spring into Summer May 26, 2012

Come celebrate the end of Spring and the start of summer at Whynot Pottery 
Saturday May 26 from 9:00-5:00

Mark and Meredith at Whynot Pottery are working hard this year to make changes that include new work.
"Come see us and we will have the coffee pot on, biscones will be hot and ready to eat."

For recent updates on all events check out our blog and facebook.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Northern Moore Resource Center Fundraiser Pottery Crawl

2012 Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl

On Saturday, May 12th from 10 am to 5pm, whether you are a pottery newbie or a seasoned collector, you’ll enjoy the Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl and help out deserving children and families.

 Enjoy delicious appetizers and wine at potteries

Watch pottery demonstrations

Spend a fun-filled Saturday meeting the artists, touring their studios, and admiring their creations.  Come check out 14 of our favorite potteries in a self-guided car tour.  Each pottery will have a unique culinary delight with wine pairing (beef tenderloin on rounds of French bread, shrimp served with remoulade and red sauces, open-faced pork sliders, an elegant almond torte, to name a few), and demonstrations focusing on different aspects of the craft – from shaping at the wheel, to glazing, to firing techniques.  Or you can roll up your sleeves and make a pot yourself. 

Last year's participants were inspired by the beautiful countryside, the world class artistic talent of Seagrove, and the unique way the featured artists live and work.  You'll never want to give a store-bought gift again.  And on Mother’s day weekend, why give Mom another tired gift?  Spend an unforgettable day with her instead! 

Tickets only $45 

These potters will be giving special demonstrations-

Avery Pottery and Tileworks
Ben Owen Pottery
Blue Hen Pottery
Bulldog Pottery
Chris Luther Pottery
Dean and Martin Pottery
From the Ground Up 
Frank Neef Pottery 
Great White Oak Pottery
Jugtown Pottery
Luck's Ware 
Old Gap Pottery 
Seagrove Stoneware 
Studio Touya 
Westmoore Pottery

Friday, April 27, 2012

Central Park NC

The Central Park NC sends out a weekly newsletter about some of the events that are happening in central North Carolina. Are you interested? If so you can sign up for the Central Park NC newsletter on their website.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Super Art Affair - Randolph Arts Guild Annual Auction

Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, NC Fund Raising Auction

Super Art Affaire!

April 21st, 2012 

6:00 PM

at Pinewood Country Club
Tickets are $50 each and are limited
 An annual fundraiser for the Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, North Carolina

Art Affaire, held each spring, is an art auction (and really great party) to help fund the Arts Guild's projects and programs. We have a live auction that consists of original artworks made and donated by artists. There is also a silent auction with art work and commercial goods.
DRESSA Super Event Calls for A Super Outfit!  Capes and Tights encouraged!
6:00 PM Social Hour - Silent Auction Opens

Domestic Beer and House Wine Provided
Cash Bar for Super Drinks will be available
7:00 PM Buffet Dinner

8:15 PM Live Auction Opens

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Seagrove Pottery News - In the Grove April

"In the Grove" - News About Seagrove Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina
 The In The Grove - April by Rhonda McCanless is out and she has written detailed information about all of the upcoming events for the Celebration of Spring in Seagrove Kiln Openings! You can read all about it at The Professional Page on Scribd.

On April 21 and 22, 2012 around 35 Seagrove Potters will have kiln openings at their individual studios.  Hours vary with many shops open on Sunday.
To download a Seagrove Map visit Discover Seagrove.  To read the list of potteries participating visit Celebration of Seagrove Potters website.