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The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Fires Groundhog Kiln – Mar. 22, 2014

March 17, 2014


Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014, to learn about the 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 process and answer questions from 10am-4pm. The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.


Brown says, “I learned a lot I didn’t expect to learn about this kiln, mostly because of its limitations. The kiln doesn’t have any bells and whistles like some of the other kilns I’ve fired. I’ve had to fight cold corners, no side stokes and major leaks. But now I’m getting consistent results that I am happy with. And when I do go back to firing a kiln with bells and whistles, I know how to better ring and toot ‘em!”

Brown is a 5th generation potter; his great-great grandfather was William Henry Chriscoe. He learned his technical skills in the more traditional Seagrove fashion, working for years as a production potter. He expanded his skills by working as a journeyman potter, traveling from studio to studio and turning the various forms 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.

While you are at the center, you can also explore the exhibit, “Teachers of Tradition: NC’s Folk Heritage Award-Winning Potters,” a temporary exhibition highlighting and honoring the exemplary work of thirteen of the state’s outstanding traditional potters. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 from noon-2pm. The North Carolina Pottery Center, located in Seagrove, NC, will be open to the public, free of charge, for the reception. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014.

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.

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 (

Dirtworks Pottery in Seagrove, NC, Celebrates 25th Anniversary – Mar. 29, 2014

March 14, 2014

Dirtworks Pottery in Seagrove, NC, will celebrate its fourth annual 25th anniversary on Mar. 29, 2014, from 10am to 4pm. Potter Dan Triece will celebrate the day with horse hair and raku demonstrations. Special, limited numbered pieces will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served and special discount pricing will be available during the event.


Triece began his pottery journey in 1983 when he took his first pottery class at Montgomery Technical College in pursuit of a fun hobby. He eventually began teaching evening classes at MTC. During his last semester, he began turning pots for David Garner at Turn and Burn Pottery.

Shortly thereafter, a gallery in Charlotte, NC, invited Triece to be the 3-dimensional artist in a special exhibit.  The exhibit was a huge success, and Triece decided to focus all his energy on pottery. He made pots in his hometown, Kannapolis, NC, for several years before opening a shop in Seagrove in the early 1990s.

Dan Triece with Duke

“When I found pottery, it was just the perfect fit,” said Triece. “You’re working inside and outside, and doing different things all the time.”

DirtWorks is located at 1226 NC Highway 705 – the Pottery Highway.

For more information, call 336/873-8979.

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Will Host Visiting Artist Mark Hewitt – Feb. 13, 2014

January 31, 2014


North Carolina potter Mark Hewitt will hold ceramics demonstrations and give an artist’s talk Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.


Demonstrations of the art of throwing ceramics will be in Room 151 from 9:30am until noon and 1:30 – 4pm. Hewitt will give an artist’s talk at 5pm in Room 130.

Hewitt’s visit to the WCU School of Art and Design is funded by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. All events are free and open to the public.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Hewitt is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, makers of fine china. In the early 1970s, he decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager and began apprenticeships with leading ceramic artists in the United States. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Pittsboro in 1983 to set up their pottery studio.

Hewitt specializes in planters and jars and uses local clays in his pieces. His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and in London and Tokyo.

“Mark is an Englishman who settled in a small town near Raleigh because he loves the North Carolina wood-fired ceramics tradition and, I hope he would agree, wants to be part of it. He has become one of the best-known potters in the state,” said Joan Byrd, a WCU professor of ceramics.

For more information, contact Byrd by e-mail at ( or call 828/226-3595.

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.


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