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Pottery Road Studio & Gallery in Seagrove, NC, Holds a Winter Sale – Feb. 1, 2014

January 30, 2014

Pottery Road Studio & Gallery is fairly new to Seagrove, NC, but Don and Susan Walton, the potters who run the gallery are not newcomers by any means. The shop is located at 1387 Highway 705 South, the same location that housed Walton’s Pottery for many years before the Waltons took some time away from pottery to focus on another creative business, Rubber Stamp Tapestry.


Pottery Road Studio is now home to both Walton’s Pottery and Rubber Stamp Tapestry, and also features functional and contemporary pottery created by other artists.

The gallery will host its Winter Sale on Feb. 1, 2014, from 10am to 5pm. This is the only time of year they mark many items down in order to move out the old and bring in the new. In the spirit of recycling, there will also be some great deals on not-so-perfect pottery that has been saved throughout the past year.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/464-2608.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives $130,000 Grant From Windgate Charitable Foundation

December 20, 2013


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $130,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Arkansas. The Windgate Charitable Foundation is well-known for its support of institutions and programs which focus on crafts and craft education.

The grant will be dispersed and utilized over a two-year period, allowing for renovations and upgrades to the Voncannon House (a Victorian house on Pottery Center property), restarting the Artist-in-Residence program, funding a part-time Educational Program Manager position for two years, educational programming and associated costs, and technology upgrades.


Pottery Center Executive Director, Lindsey Lambert says, “Making necessary repairs and upgrades to the Voncannon House will enable us to accommodate our Artist-in-Residence. We will also be able to house periodic on-site interns from East Carolina University, with whom we are collaborating. We anticipate selecting our first new Artist-in-Residence in late spring and having that person start their residency by early June. We also anticipate having one or two graduate students from ECU’s Ceramics Program intern with us during the summer of 2014.” The Pottery Center is in the second year of a collaborative relationship with East Carolina University’s Ceramics Program.

Michael Drought, Director of ECU’s School of Art and Design, notes, “The collaboration between the Pottery Center and ECU’s School of Art and Design, with the support of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will offer educational opportunities for ECU students via internships, research and exhibition, as well as provide university-level courses for the Seagrove community. This will highlight the strengths and significance of the two institutions and provide a platform for the further development of summer courses, conferences and symposiums.”

Lambert adds, “The Board and I believe that a dynamic Artist-in-Residence program and a strong collaboration with East Carolina University will revitalize the Pottery Center. Youthful energy and a steady relationship with a major educational institution will allow us to more vigorously fulfill our mission. We promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.” A part-time Educational Program Manager will allow the Pottery Center to create more educational programming and outreach activities which help children and adults appreciate the world-class clay tradition that is so much a part of North Carolina’s cultural identity. Technology upgrades will allow the center to function more efficiently in serving the potters and pottery lovers of North Carolina.

Says Lambert, “I am very appreciative of the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and we are honored by the trust they have placed in us here at the North Carolina Pottery Center. I believe that this is just the first of other grants that the center will receive in the coming years. While we are starting to receive additional funding from granting sources, it is paramount that our membership and supporters not become complacent. Having a strong, enthusiastic, and financially supportive membership is crucial to the long-term success of the Pottery Center. Simply stated, we need and appreciate your financial and personal support now more ever.”

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be closed Mon.-Thur., Dec. 23-26, 2013 for Christmas, closing at 1pm on Tue., Dec. 31 and closed on Wed., Jan. 1, 2014 for New Year’s Day. Happy holidays and best wishes to all.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tues.–Sat., from 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

NC Governor McCrory Announces Sid Luck, Susan Morgan Leveille, and Arnold Richardson, as 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient

September 30, 2013

NC Governor Pat McCrory has announced that five North Carolinians from diverse artistic traditions will be awarded the state’s Heritage Awards, May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC.

The 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award recipients are: Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler; Susan Morgan Leveille, a weaver and grand-niece of Penland founder Lucy Morgan; Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove; Bill Myers, whose band The Monitors has played rhythm and blues and jazz music for more than 50 years; and Arnold Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi artist who has influenced the revitalization of North Carolina Indian arts.

“I want to congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for helping preserve our cultural heritage. Our artistic history is the foundation of the quality of life that attracts so many people to North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “I’m grateful to the North Carolina Arts Council, not only for their work in this program, but for ensuring the arts will continue to be a vibrant part of North Carolina’s future.”

Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award has honored the folk artists of the state, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that comprise our rich and diverse cultural traditions.

“As North Carolinians, we celebrate the creative and passionate artists working within the communities of our state to keep our cultural traditions alive,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “Their mastery preserves our heritage and makes North Carolina a better state, and we are so proud of their outstanding skill, unparalleled diligence and eager willingness to share their artistry with the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.”

The Arts Council’s announcement comes on the heels of the national recognition of Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation ballad singer, musicians and storyteller from Madison County, who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in June.

“The Arts Council is proud that our agency’s mission includes the documentation of cultural traditions that have been shaped and passed down over generations here in North Carolina, said Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the NC Arts Council. “The artists who receive this lifetime achievement award keep our citizens connected to our state’s heritage and to the extraordinary arts that flourish in every community, large in small, in the state.”

This year Pinecone, the Piedmont Council on the Traditional Arts, will partner with the Department of Cultural Resources and produce the ceremony in May 2014.

Susan Morgan Leveille, Weaver (Dillsboro, Jackson County) – Susan Morgan Leveille immersed herself in the culture of weaving from a young age. She first sat at a loom to weave at age seven and quickly grew to be a skilled craftsperson. Her family lineage made her destined for equal skill as a teacher, scholar, and advocate of the fiber arts tradition in Western North Carolina.

Leveille’s great-aunt, Lucy Morgan, founded the Penland School of Craft and devoted herself to reviving weaving traditions in North Carolina’s mountains. Through association with Penland, the Mountain Heritage Center, and numerous schools and colleges, Leveille has continued to strengthen and disseminate the art of weaving. In the process, she has instructed dozens of both professional and aspiring weavers over the last four decades. Her own work has been widely displayed, and Leveille has owned a gallery in Dillsboro for many years. She has devoted a lifetime to the development of the arts and crafts industry in Western North Carolina.

“Weaver Susan Leveille’s legacy extends way beyond her exquisite weaving,” said NC Folklife Director Sally Peterson. “She has taught countless others to develop artistically and her advocacy efforts for the traditional arts have helped many to supplement their income through craft production.”

Sid Luck

Sid Luck, Potter (Seagrove, Moore County) – A fifth-generation potter from the historic pottery region of Seagrove, Sid Luck learned at the wheels of his father, grandfather, and numerous other potters who populated the area during his youth. Starting at the age of 12, Luck worked at Cole’s pottery where he developed the speed and precision of a production potter. Knowing that a career in pottery was unlikely, Luck served in the Marines before going to college and then taught chemistry and science for 18 years. Throughout his career as a teacher, Luck continued making pottery in his spare time, eventually building a shop onto his property.

In 1990, Sid Luck retired from teaching to make pottery full time. In the years since, he has become one of the most prolific and beloved potters in North Carolina. In addition to operating Luck’s Wares six days a week, Luck also finds time to mentor aspiring potters of all ages. He regularly takes apprentices from across the state and country, and directs the Traditional Arts Programs for Students (TAPS) held at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Closer to home, he is cultivating additional generations of Seagrove potters – his sons Jason and Matt are excellent artists and his young grandchildren have recently become the seventh generation of Luck potters to work in North Carolina.

“Fifth-generation potter Sid Luck shares his time, knowledge and expertise freely with all who come his way, and his local teaching insures that pottery traditions will thrive in Seagrove for generations to come,” Peterson said.

Arnold Richardson, Haliwa-Saponi artist (Hollister, Halifax County) – Haliwa-Saponi artist Arnold Richardson’s efforts to revitalize the cultural heritage of eastern North Carolina’s American Indians have long been credited for the resurgence of artistic vitality among the eastern tribes. Richardson is musician and an artist working in many different indigenous artistic traditions. Throughout a career spanning more than four decades, Arnold Richardson has taught tribal arts traditions to the Haliwa-Saponi as well as educating other state recognized tribes about revitalizing their own heritage.

A list of Richardson’s accomplishments is staggering both for its depth and breadth. Every few years finds him researching and mastering a new tradition that he then teaches to a growing number of interested students at his home and in various communities in NC. Most recently, in addition to his prize-winning stone sculpture, pottery and beadwork, he has been recognized for the excellence of his gourd carving, an art form that he continues to perfect even while engaging in activities as varied as touring with the North Carolina Symphony and welcoming students of all ages, abilities, and ethnicities into his home in the Haliwa-Saponi community of Hollister.

“Arnold Richardson has studied, mastered and taught many of the artistic and performance traditions that mark contemporary eastern North Carolina Indian cultural expression,” said Peterson. “Many Eastern Indian artists today cite Richardson’s influence, instruction and inspiration as fundamental to their own artistic development.”

The program honoring recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award is open to the public and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $22 available from PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Arts, at (

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Offers Lecture and Demo by Clay Artist Ron Myers – Oct. 16 and 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

Ron Myers, an acclaimed clay artist and University of Georgia emeritus faculty member, will visit Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, on Oct. 16 and 17, 2013, to meet with students and give demonstrations and talks on the subject of ceramics.

Myers works with red earthenware, creating functional pots “in a casual and spontaneous manner reflecting the juiciness of the material as well as the pleasure of the process,” said Joan Byrd, WCU professor of ceramics. “His narrative, colored slip paintings that float on the surface in a gestural expressionistic style can be both provocative and confrontational,” Byrd said.


Myers holds a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He taught at the University of South Carolina from 1967 until 1972. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at the University of Georgia.

Myers has an extensive history of professional activities within the ceramics community. He has been artist-in-residence at WCU and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont. He served as a juror for the 1999 National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio; the Utilitarian Ceramic National at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA; and the Handcrafted Exhibition at Rocky Mount. He has conducted numerous workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations in the US and abroad.

Myers’ schedule at WCU includes individual critiques of student work at 9:30am, Wednesday, Oct. 16, followed that day by a noon illustrated talk on ceramics history in Room 158 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and clay demonstrations from 2:30 until 4:30pm in Room 151 of the Bardo Arts Center. Clay demonstration sessions will begin at 9:30am and 1:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 151, with an artist’s talk at 5pm in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center.

His visit is underwritten by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. An exhibition of Myers’ ceramics will be mounted in the Bardo Arts Center’s atrium gallery during this visit. With the exception of the student critiques, all events are free and open to the public.

For more information call Joan Byrd at 828/227-3595.

The Arts Council of Lincoln County in Lincolnton, NC, Offers Exhibit on Catawba Valley Face Jug Tradition

September 11, 2013

The Arts Council of Lincoln County wishes to announce the “Facing Tradition” pottery exhibit, which will educate visitors about the Catawba Valley face jug tradition, grown out of a history of skilled potters that have created pieces, both utilitarian and artistic, in this community for over 200 years. The work of local potters, past and present, will be represented in the exhibit.

“Facing Tradition” will run from Sept. 13 through Oct. 4, 2013, in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton, NC. An unveiling of the latest installments of “Pots on Parade,” 30+ gallon pieces crafted in the Catawba Valley pottery tradition, will feature walking tours during the opening reception for the “Facing Tradition” exhibit, Sept. 13th, from 6-9pm.

One of the pots in “Pots on Parade”

“Pots on Parade” is a public art and tourism initiative organized by the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton and its volunteer-driven “Pot on Parade” work group to highlight and promote the history and culture of the pottery making tradition in the Catawba Valley and revive interest in the Catawba Valley Pottery Center (CVPC).

During the exhibit, “Facing Tradition”, some pieces will be available for purchase, with 30% going to support the Arts Council of Lincoln County.

To join in the celebration of a Catawba Valley tradition, the Lincoln County Historical Association will open the doors to its museum on the main floor of the Lincoln Cultural Center during the opening reception for the “Facing Tradition” exhibit. Live music will also be performed by local talent on the night of the opening.

This project received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information please contact the Arts Council at 704/732-9044 or visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Special Programs to Accompany the Foodwares Exhibition

September 11, 2013


Three special programs are planned by North Carolina Pottery Center (NCPC) in Seagrove, NC, to go along with the “Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food” exhibition that is on display through Oct. 26, 2013.

Works from Cady Clay Works

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, noted food historian and hearth cook Kay Moss from Gastonia, NC, will be at NCPC presenting a talk about early hearth cookery in the 18th and early 19th centuries, showing how the pottery from that time played an important role in cooking. Moss will present her talk twice that day, once at 11:30am and once at 2pm.

Moss is both an historian and a hands-on hearth cook. She was the founder of the 18th century Backcountry Lifeways Studies Program at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC, and remained the head of that program for many years before her retirement, a retirement which hardly seems less active than her work years! “The Backcountry Housewife,” which Kay Moss co-wrote with Kathryn Hoffman, continues to be a must-have for hearth cooks in the southeastern US. Moss also is the author of “Decorative Motifs from the Southern Backcountry”, “Journey to the Piedmont Past, Southern Folk Medicine 1750-1820″ (a sometimes horrifying scholarly study of early medical practices), and her latest book just released by the University of South Carolina Press, “Seeking the Historical Cook: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways”.

In addition to her scholarly work, Moss still teaches hearth cooking skills at the John C. Campbell Folk School in western North Carolina. Her many years of study and practice have made her an expert on that subject.

Moss’s easygoing manner encourages her audiences to ask questions about early food history. Visitors will learn about the cooking practices of their ancestors and may even go home more knowledgeable about how to cook when the power goes off!

Work by Tom Gray

Then on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, there will be two programs:

From 11-11:30am, Benjamin Grandon, an agent with the NC Cooperative Extension Service of Randolph County, will be giving a presentation titled “Local Foods and Community Supported Agriculture: How North Carolinians can help North Carolina.” Learn about what is grown in North Carolina, the Local Foods and Farm to Table initiatives in our state and how to find out and support local farmer wherever you live. Grandon has extensive knowledge of crops and gardens all over the state. Are you a locovore? Come find out!

From 2-4pm, Venice Willett, a volunteer with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at the Randolph County Center, will be at the center cooking foods in pottery, using a tabletop oven. Willett has cooked in pottery dishes for many years, and is one of the Randolph County Cooperative Extension Service’s most knowledgeable volunteers. She will share with you her excitement about cooking, as well as an enthusiasm for all the wonderful pottery foodwares made in the state of North Carolina. Willett will also give out recipes and offer tastes of some of the dishes.

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be open at no charge to the public for these events, though donations are always welcome and appreciated.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our 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 NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue.-Sat., 10am – 4pm.

For more information, call NCPC at 336/873-8430, check the website at (, or visit the North Carolina Pottery Center’s Facebook page.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Family Day, on Sept. 21, 2013, in Celebration of Seagrove’s Centennial

August 30, 2013


On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, the town of Seagrove, NC, is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a Centennial Celebration. Wishing to contribute to the day’s celebration of the area’s history and the festive atmosphere of the occasion, the North Carolina Pottery Center is having a Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 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 us as we help to celebrate Seagrove’s 100th anniversary.

All NCPC activities will be taking place on NCPC property except for the 12:00-2:30pm NCPC booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration. Alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and other weapons are prohibited. No pets, with the exception of service animals, will be allowed onsite on Family Day due to liability issues.

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


Schedule of North Carolina Pottery Center Activities on Family Day, Saturday, September 21, 2013, include:

12:00-2:30pm – 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.

12:00-2:30pm – 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– 2:15pm – 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 – 3:15pm – 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. Garner is the owner of Turn & Burn Pottery in Seagrove. 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. Triece is the owner of DirtWorks Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.
· Free

2 – 3pm – 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, NC, on Sept. 7, 2013. Brown has purchased some land recently and is also in the process of building a kiln.
· Free


3:30 – 4:30pm – 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, CA. McCanless is the owner of Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove.
· Free

5:00-7pm – 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.

For more information about the schedule of activities (parade, booths on Old Plank Road, historical displays, etc.) being undertaken by the Seagrove Centennial Celebration, please visit the “Seagrove NC Centennial” page on Facebook.

The North Carolina Pottery Center looks forward to adding to a fun and festive atmosphere and celebration of Seagrove’s 100th anniversary!

North Carolina Pottery Center activities and projects are supported, in part, by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit ( or on Facebook.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Groundhog Wood Firing – Aug. 31, 2013

August 30, 2013


Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, to learn about the  groundhog wood firing process with Seagrove potter Chad Brown as he fires the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Brown will be available to explain the groundhog wood firing process and answer questions from 10am – 4pm.  Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Sid Luck have been working recently on making some necessary repairs to the groundhog kiln, and the kiln is now ready for firing again. The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.

Brown is a 5th generation potter; his great-great grandfather was William Henry Chriscoe. Brown learned his technical skills in the more traditional Seagrove fashion, working for years as a production potter for many studios. He expanded his skills by working as a journeyman potter, traveling from studio to studio and turning the various shapes required. Brown has participated in numerous wood firings with various potters including Sid Luck, Terry Hunt, David Stuempfle, Mark Hewitt and Donna Craven. He does turning demonstrations at the pottery center on most Saturdays. This year, Brown has been invited to show at the 9th Annual Potters Market Invitational held at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

While you are at the center, you can also explore our current temporary exhibition, “Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food.” Pottery and food – What a natural combination! Art in everyday life is highlighted in the NCPC exhibition of NC pottery used for food storage, food preparation, and cooking. One half of the wares displayed are historical, the rest are contemporary. This exhibition, curated by Mary Farrell of Westmoore Pottery, runs through Oct. 26, 2013.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our 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.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center Presents 14th Annual Auction, “Going, Going, Gone to Pots,” at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough, NC – Aug. 28, 2013

August 8, 2013


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, will present its 14th Annual Auction, “Going, Going, Gone to Pots,” to be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough, NC).

Work by Stanley Mace Anderson

There will also be a pre-auction supper, “Fill Your Plate,” with food prepared by several of North Carolina’s best chefs including:

• Scott Crawford: Herons at the Umstead Hotel & Spa
• Andrea Reusing: Lantern in Chapel Hill
• Brendan Cox: Oakleaf in Pittsboro
• Angelina Koulizakis-Battiste: Angelina’s Kitchen in Pittsboro

Before supper, participants in “Fill Your Plate” will also select a handmade North Carolina plate to take home after supper!

• Times — Supper: 6:00 pm, Live Auction: 7:30 pm
• Prices — Supper and Auction: $75, Auction only: $10

During and after supper, there will be a silent auction featuring pots donated by some of NC’s best potters, as well as some exciting non-pottery items. We will also be raffling several great items.

Work by Sylvia Coppula

Work by Ben Owen III

Tickets may be purchased via the NCPC website (, by e-mailing to (, or by phone at 336/873-8430.

To view images of auction items, please visit the “14th Annual Auction” ( photo album on our Facebook page (no account needed). We will be adding images to that album as the donated pottery pieces and non-pottery items arrive.

Work by Benjamin Burns

Work by George Rector

Additionally, closer to the date of the auction, all auction items will be viewable online via ( and ( There will also be an option, facilitated by LLAES, Ltd., for telephone and absentee bidding for persons unable to attend the live auction.

Sponsors: Amick Sales and Service, Ben Owen III, First Bank of Troy, Four Saints Brewing, Grove Park Inn, Jugtown Pottery, Mark Hewitt, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Zoo, O.Henry Hotel, Shelton Vineyards, Tommy Cranford, Umstead Hotel & Spa, and other friends.

Work by Mark Gordon

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873.8430 or go to (

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Launches New Microsite Devoted to Surrealist Artist Charles Seliger

July 19, 2013


Following the success of its recently launched microsite devoted to North Carolina pottery, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, has launched a new site devoted to the Surrealist artist Charles Seliger, at ( The site serves as an interactive digital exhibition catalogue, following the museum’s highly-regarded 2012 exhibition devoted to the artist, which traveled internationally. Because it is especially useful for reaching younger audiences, the Mint has named the site a “kid-alogue” and hopes to make it a model for similar future projects.

The Mint received international attention for its groundbreaking exhibition “Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s,” which was on view at the Mint from Feb. through May 2012. It was one of three simultaneous exhibitions making up “Surrealism and Beyond”, which was the largest and most significant examination of Surrealism ever presented in the Southeast. After its presentation at the Mint, the Seliger show traveled to museums in Venice, Italy and Utica, New York. The show, which was the first to examine the vibrant, intricate canvases created by Seliger during the first decade of his career, was seen by more than 150,000 visitors. The exhibition was accompanied by a beautifully-designed printed catalogue containing new insights on Seliger’s work, colorful reproductions of the paintings in the show, and striking details of these canvases.

“This microsite will continue to engage local, national, and international audiences long beyond the conclusion of our exhibition,” said Jonathan Stuhlman, the Mint’s Curator of American Art and organizer of the Surrealism shows. “We are proud to once again offer our global community a new way to learn about and engage with the work of an important artist.”

The site’s features include a broad, illustrated overview of Seliger’s artistic development and the context in which it took place, accompanied by high resolution, zoomable images; a digital gallery of Seliger’s work from the 1940s; rare video clips of interviews with the artist; and a series of thought-provoking questions and suggested activities linked to Seliger and his work. Designed in conjunction with the Eastco Group of Orchard Park, New York and with key input from the museum’s department of Learning and Engagement, this project is calculated to appeal to a broad audience, ranging from middle- and high school students to art lovers to educators.

Major funding was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art; The Dedalus Foundation; and The Mint Museum Auxiliary. Additional support for this project was generously provided by Charlie Murray and Welborn and Patty Alexander. The museum is also grateful to Lenore Seliger, Michael Rosenfeld, and halley k harrisburg for their assistance and commitment to the artist.

In November 2012, the Mint launched its first microsite, devoted to its North Carolina pottery collection, the most comprehensive in the country, at ( Funded by a generous Technology Integration Project grant from the Knight Foundation, that site also contains interactive components that invite visitors to learn more about the creation of art and its relevance to our state’s history and culture. Visitors can search the Mint’s collection by potter, region, or type of object, as well as find full-text versions of Mint exhibition catalogues devoted to North Carolina pottery and curriculum connections that should be of particular interest to educators. Both microsites are available as links from the Mint’s award-winning main site, (, under “Resources.”

“These microsite projects advance the Mint’s ongoing goal of finding new, innovative ways to make its art accessible to the widest possible audience,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of the Mint. “We hope our visitors, both in person and online, will leave feeling inspired and transformed by their interactions.”

As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, with one of the largest collections in the Southeast, The Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via innovative collections, groundbreaking exhibitions, and riveting educational programs. The Mint Museum is a non-profit, visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European and African art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant, and a museum shop.

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