Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Enjoy! Seven Seagrove Pottery Holiday Kiln Openings December 14, 2013

Bulldog Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina
Many Seagrove Potters are busy in their studio filling their shops with lots of new pots. 
On December 14th these potteries will be hosting special holiday kiln openings

December 14, 2013
Seagrove, North Carolina
Holiday Kiln Openings at individual pottery shops (hours may vary)

3306 US Hwy 220 Alt
Seagrove, NC 27341 
910-428-9728 or 336-302-4452
Saturday - December 14, 2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
5 miles south from the town of Seagrove's traffic light, look for the blue watertower

Bulldog Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

2199 South Pottery Hwy705
Seagrove, NC 27341
336-879-2262 or 910-464-2261
Saturday - December 14 - Preview reception 9:00am -9:50am open 10:00am - 5:00pm

Ben Owen III Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina
Ben Owen Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

172 Crestwood Rd.
Robbins, NC 27325
Saturday - December 14 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
From the Ground Up Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

2616 Old Cox Road
Asheboro, NC 27205
Candlelight Sale Friday December 13 - 5:30pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday - December 14 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Donna Craven Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina
Donna Craven Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

7739 Nathan Lane
Seagrove, NC  27341
Saturday - December 14, 2013  10:00am - 5:00pm

Dean and Martin Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

1423 NC Hwy 705
Seagrove, NC 27341
Saturday - December 14, 2013  10:00am - 5:00pm

Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

336 873 9176
Johnston and Gentithes Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina
Johnston and Gentithes Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening December 14, 2013, Seagrove, North Carolina

Friday, November 8, 2013

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Nov. 22-24, 2013

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Nov. 22-24, 2013

  • Friday Nov 22, Gala 6 - 9 Catered reception, live music, collaborative auction, 1st pick of pottery
  • Saturday, Nov 23, 9 - 6 Silent auction 1 - 3 Demonstrations 11 - 5
  • Sunday Nov, 24, 10 - 4 Demonstrations 11 - 4
  • Saturday & Sunday Show Admission $5 Children 12 & Under Free Friday night Gala $40 in Advance Gala tickets purchase hereand more info available at www.CelebrationofSeagrovePotters.com

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters kicks off the weekend with an exciting and festive Friday night Gala event.

This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. Featuring a catered reception, live music and the popular "Seagrove Collaborative Auction" - artists from different potteries working together to make one of a kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!

The 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is November 22nd – 24th. Seagrove potters have been working for months in preparation for this big event. This year’s Celebration features 57 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 22nd, provides customers the opportunity to preview all the pottery available and to be first in line to purchase. Additionally, they enjoy live music and meet and greet with Seagrove potters during the catered reception. This year the menu features local restaurant, "Something Different" of Asheboro, live music and festive beverages.

 Ticket information at Celebration Of Seagove Potters. Tickets for the Gala are $40 in advance purchase here. The Gala ticket price also includes Saturday and Sunday admission to the Celebration. 

  • Saturday and Sunday event tickets can be purchased at the door for $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.

The collaborative auction is an extremely 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. Among the collaborations are works by:

▪ Tom Gray & Benjamin Burns – Tom Gray Pottery and Great White Oak Gallery
▪ David Fernandez and Alexa Modderno – Seagrove Stoneware
▪ Jennie Lorette Keatts and Cindy Neef – JLK Jewelry at Jugtown and Pottery by Frank Neef
▪ Donna Craven and Chad Brown – Donna Craven Pottery and Chad Brown Pottery
▪ Sid Luck, Susan Greene and Jennie Lorette Keatts- Luck’s Ware and JLK Jewelry at Jugtown
▪ Chris Luther and Carol Gentithes – Chris Luther Pottery and Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery
▪ Nelda French and Bill Hohl and Sherry Caldwell-Hohl – Nelda French Pottery and Caldwell-Hohl Artworks
▪ Bonnie Burns and Cindy Neef – Great White Oak Gallery and Pottery by Frank Neef
▪ Keith Martindale, Colby Wallace and Mark Koepnick – Keith Martindale Pottery and Koepnick Pottery
▪ Eck McCanless and Frank Neef – Eck McCanless Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef
▪ Stephanie Martin and Hitomi Shibata – Dean & Martin Pottery and Studio Touya
▪ Frank Neef and Paul Ray – Pottery by Frank Neef and Ray Pottery
▪ Ben Owen III and Samantha Henneke – Ben Owen Pottery and Bulldog Pottery
▪ Cale, Cade and Christy Williams – Triple C Pottery
▪ Crystal and Anna King – Crystal King Pottery and King’s Pottery
▪ Michael Mahan and Levi Mahan – From the Ground Up Pottery and Levi Mahan Pottery
▪ Fred Johnston and Bruce Gholson - Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery and Bulldog Pottery
The Celebration of Seagrove Potters can be followed on Facebook. Potters regularly post updates and photos of what they have been working on. Check in regularly for updates on many more works in progress and to enter great contests.

The Celebration continues 
  • November 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • November 24th, 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.

The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, a community that covers the three-county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery. 

Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 57 shops, are participating this year. Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Fernandez, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Lantern Hill, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McKay, McNeill's, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, and Windsong.

The Celebration appreciates the support of the following sponsors: Life 103.1, Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation, Starworks, Carolina Arts, Flowers on Main, Village Printing, Bay Electric and Century Link.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

North Carolina Pottery Center - Family Day - September 21, 2013

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina

North Carolina Pottery Center is having a Family Day 
Saturday, September 21, 2013
in cooperation with Seagrove’s Centennial Celebration.

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be contributing to the day by showcasing the tradition of pottery through demonstrations and other activities! Please join the North Carolina Pottery Center as we help to celebrate Seagrove’s 100th anniversary.

All NCPC activities will be taking place on NCPC property except for the
12:00-2:30 NCPC booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration.

It is recommend that attendees bring folding chairs, blankets, etc. as some of the day’s activities will be located outside.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

12:00-2:30 pm
Pottery Identification by Dr. Terry Zug and Steve Compton (Inside the NCPC) Dr. Terry Zug is a pottery expert who is the former chair of Southern Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina. Steve Compton is an avid longtime pottery collector who was the first president of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild.
• Maximum of three pottery pieces per person.
• Donations are welcomed and encouraged, but not mandatory, for this service. Suggested donation: $5.

12:00-2:30 pm
Pottery Ornaments for Kids & General Info with Seo Eo and his students (NCPC Booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration on Old Plank Road) Seo Eo, an Associate Professor of Ceramics at East Carolina University, and some of his students will be helping kids paint bisque ornaments.
• Free - Donations are welcomed.

12:15– 2:15 pm
Native American Pottery Demo by Caroleen Sanders (On the grounds of the NCPC) A Catawba Indian master potter, Caroleen Sanders, learned to make pottery in the traditional Catawba method by watching her mother and other family members and will be demonstrating her craft for visitors.
• Free

1:15 – 3:15 pm
Raku Firing Demo by David Garner & Dan Triece (On the grounds of the NCPC) David Garner is a life-long local potter who has stretched his creative boundaries and is known for his horsehair and Raku pottery. David is the owner of Turn & Burn Pottery in Seagrove, N.C. Dan Triece is another local potter who makes use of a variety of colors and glaze combinations and is known for his copper luster Raku pottery. Dan is the owner of DirtWorks Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.
• Free
• Propane for the Raku Firing Demostration is graciously being provided by Van Derveer Gas Service in Robbins, N.C.

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Pottery Turning Demonstration by Chad Brown (NCPC Education Building) Chad Brown is a local 5th generation potter who is recognized as an up and coming potter and who has been invited to show at this year’s Potters Market Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. on September 7th. Chad has purchased some land recently and is also in the process of building a kiln.
• Free

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Agate-ware Turning Demo by Eck McCanless (NCPC Education Building) Eck McCanless, a local potter, has been turning pots since the age of 18 and is known for his distinctive “agateware” pottery. He and his family were the subjects of Jim Sharkey’s film, The Fourteenth Shop, which won the Award for Creative Excellence at the 2002 International Film and Video Festival in Redondo Beach, California. Eck is the owner of Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.
• Free

5:00-7:00 pm
Evening Festivities
(On the grounds of the NCPC)
• Music – Bluegrass experience
The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast's most respected traditional music groups.
• Food – BBQ sandwiches, fixings, dessert and drinks. (While quantities last - Donations are welcomed.)

This schedule of events is subject to modification by the North Carolina Potter Center. Inclement weather may affect the feasibility of some activities.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New Exit Numbers and New Signs for the Seagrove Potteries

New Interstate Number for Seagrove, NC

The Exit numbers have been changed

There are new signs along Interstate 73/74 - U.S. Highway 220.  The signs have brand new numbers on them.  Whether you are are new to our pottery shops or a seasoned pottery visitor, the number change can be confusing when driving to visit the Seagrove Potteries.

The main exit to the Seagrove Potteries and the North Carolina Pottery Center is the Seagrove/Robbins Exit.

The Seagrove/Robbins exit is now Exit 61 (previously Exit 45) 

Driving down from the North there is one exit before the Seagrove/Robbins Exit called New Hope Church Road Exit.

The New Hope Church Road Exit is now Exit 66 (previously Exit 49)

Driving up from the South there are two exits before the Seagrove Exit you can take to get to the Seagrove Potteries.

The Ether/Steeds Exit is now Exit 56 (previously Exit 39)
The Black Ankle Exit is now Exit 58 (previously Exit 41) 

New Interstate Number along 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Cousins in Clay"- Seagrove June 1 & 2 at Bulldog Pottery

Cousins in Clay, June 1-2, Seagrove, NC

"Cousins in Clay" 2013
Contemporary Pottery Show and Sale
June 1-2, 2013

Meet the Potters 
 David MacDonald
Jack Troy
Michael Kline
Samantha Henneke
 Bruce Gholson

at Bulldog Pottery - Seagrove, NC 27341
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt.
5 miles south of Seagrove traffic light - Look for the Blue Watertower 

June 1 - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
music by Chronis Pou Vasilou during the day
at 3:00pm demo by Michael Kline and Bruce Gholson

June 2 - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Potters Potluck at noon - All are welcome
music by Will McCanless 
at 1:30pm Jack Troy presents selections of his poetry

Cousins in Clay, June 1-2, Seagrove, NC

 Meet the Potters
David MacDonald Platter

David MacDonald is an emeritus professor from Syracuse University and lives in Syracuse, New York.  MacDonald received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2011.
"For more than four decades, David MacDonald has masterfully created richly patterned utilitarian objects from clay that have come to symbolize tremendous integrity and endurance. Despite the national recognition MacDonald has earned for his superb work, he remains committed to, and most content when he is producing, functional works of art in beautiful forms that will be touched, held, and most importantly used by people who will admire and appreciate their inherent beauty."

— Everson Museum of Art, 2011

Jack Troy Vase
Jack Troy is an emeritus professor from Juniata College and lives in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Troy received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2012.
He began teaching young artists in 1967 at Juniata College, has taught over 185 workshops, written 2 books about clay, a book of original poems titled "Calling the Planet Home", published over 60 articles and book reviews, all while producing a constant stream of pottery at his Pennsylvania studio.  Jack Troy gives homage to our state of North Carolina in his Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain book (1995), “If North America has a pottery state it must be North Carolina”.

Michael Kline Yunomi
Michael Kline, a studio potter from Bakersville, in the mountains of North Carolina. He creates inspired traditional forms that are graced with his elegant floral brushwork giving a botanical theme to his wood-fired pottery jugs and jar forms.  Sometimes his pots are covered with a honey amber color glaze that is as appetizing as maple syrup.  His work has been published in many books and magazines and he has written several articles for the Studio Potter, and writes regularly for his blog Sawdust and Dirt.
Michael Kline will be presenting a demonstration along with Bruce Gholson on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Samantha Henneke Covered Jar
Samantha Henneke, the host of "Cousins in Clay"in Seagrove, lives and operates Bulldog Pottery along with her husband Bruce in Seagrove, North Carolina.  She wants her functional work to be both beautiful and comfortable to use. She likes to decorate her pottery with a simple swirl and at other times the form becomes a canvas for a dotted effect which can show how tight patterning can affect ones vision, creating an op-art effect of movement and vibration. She is fascinated with macro photography and exploring her garden in the summer time while collecting images of insects in their environments.  She utilizes this activity to capture stories among the foliage, to create colorful insect compositions on her porcelain canvases, forming a snapshot in time and imagination.
Bruce Gholson Pitcher
Bruce Gholson, the host of "Cousins in Clay" in Seagrove, NC, lives and operates Bulldog Pottery along with his wife Samantha in Seagrove, North Carolina.  He has been fascinated with fossils, fish, reptiles and insects since childhood. Recent interests have included fossilization in amber, Chinese scholar stones, and arrowheads from the region.  Researching the chemistry of other arts such as fabric dyes, analog photography, and pyrotechnics provides him with inspiration in the form of comparative formula based cabalistic ceramic mediation.  These interests blend into an esoteric mix that is hopefully evident in the overall feeling and imagery found in his work. Success is of course a matter of perception and opinion, but for Bruce having the goal aids in facilitating an aspect his journey- "Making pots in my own voice".

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrate Spring with the Seagrove Potters, North Carolina

Seagrove Pottery Spring Kiln Openings - Seagrove, North Carolina  
You’re invited...
to Celebrate Spring with a studio tour of
Seagrove, NC area potteries nestled in the countryside.
On April 20 and 21, 2013

38 Seagrove Potteries working together.
 Spring kiln openings, studio tours, door prizes, pottery demonstrations, refreshments and more!

Locations are at the individual pottery shops. The Seagrove Pottery Shops have their own individual hours that they are open. Please check the brochure for clarification.

Seagrove Pottery Spring Kiln Openings - Seagrove, North Carolina
On April 20 and 21, 2013

Potter Events

Ben Owen Pottery will have pottery demonstrations by Ben Owen III periodically throughout the weekend.

Bulldog Pottery - Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke will have new vases and tiles, and serve light refreshments.

Caldwell-Hohl Artworks will feature new work, garden art, studio tours and light refreshments.

Crystal King & King’s Pottery wood-fired kiln unloaded at 10 a.m Saturdayat Kings Pottery. Numbered collaborative 3-faced jugs & special animal sculptures by Crystal will be available.

Donna Craven is celebrating with new spring themed pots, refreshments and door prizes.

Eck McCanless Pottery is offering visitors the opportunity to get their hands dirty with hands-on turning and Agateware carving demonstrations.

From the Ground Up - with guest Melanie Hutchins, new work by Michael Mahan, Levi Mahan, Chelsea Mahan. Horse hair firing in the afternoons. A.M. Organic scones, coffee, leek, potato soup for lunch.

Great White Oak Gallery is celebrating spring with demonstrations and refreshments.

Hickory Hill Pottery will feature new glaze combinations as well as door prizes and refreshments. Come join in the fun!

Keith Martindale Pottery will offer demonstrations and refreshments.

Lantern Hill Pottery will have refreshments and doorprizes.

Latham’s Pottery will have pottery demonstrations and refreshments.

Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery present new collaborative work, fresh from the latest firings and will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

Old Gap Pottery will have brushwork decorating and throwing demonstrations along with morning coffee and biscotti.

Studio Touya will feature the latest wood fired pots and offer refreshments.

 Tom Gray Pottery - In addition to new pottery pieces, Tom will also have a selection of his handmade kitchen knives.

Whynot Pottery & Acacia Art Tile is Celebrating Spring with “Mud & Suds”, with special guest Laurie Abela of Abela Bodycare. Also, offering refreshments and tours of their work building and kilns.

The following pottery shops; Southern Spirits, Avery, Blue Hen, BlueStone, Chris Luther, Chrisco, Daniel Johnston, Dean and Martin, DirtWorks, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, JLK Jewelry/Jugtown, Luck’s Ware, McNeill’s, O’Quinn, Ray, Seagrove Stoneware, Smith, Snowhill, are also participating in the Celebration of Spring. Each shop will have something special for visitors to enjoy.