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North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Hires Emily Lassiter as Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator

July 29, 2014

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The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Lassiter as our new Educational Program Manager & Project Coordinator. A native of Burlington, NC, Lassiter also has local ties to Star, NC, and Troy, NC, as her grandparents grew up in the area. She comes to us with a BA in History from UNC-CH and a MA in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies from UNCG.

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Lassiter has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce, both in WV. While working in WV, she secured and administered a grant that facilitated magazine and newspaper advertising, as well as coordinated volunteers for the West Virginia Roadkill Cook-off. She has also worked at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, NC, where she worked with development and membership issues, and at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, NC, where she gained valuable experience with visitor services, educational tours and historic interpretation.

Lassiter is a member of the National Council on Public History, the American Association of State and Local History, and the North Carolina Museums Council. Regarding her new position with the Pottery Center and pottery in North Carolina, Lassiter says, “I am looking forward to helping promote awareness and appreciation of North Carolina pottery and potters through a variety of educational programming. North Carolina has such a rich tradition of pottery, and it is important to share that with people through exhibitions, workshops and interactive activities.” She brings with her an energetic, enthusiastic spirit and strong desire to learn and help others.

Funding for the educational program manager portion of the position comes from a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes 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, please call 336/873-8430, visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

East Carolina University Students Fire the Groundhog Kiln at North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Aug. 1, 2014

July 23, 2014

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Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, to learn about the wood firing process with East Carolina University students as they fire the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Also, on Saturday, Aug. 2, there will be a Raku firing demonstration at the center.

These two days of firings are the finale of the summer internships conducted at the NC Pottery Center by East Carolina University Ceramics Graduate students Erin Younge and Devin McKim. They will be available to explain the process and answer questions from 10am – 4pm on Friday and Saturday.

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Left to Right: Joseph Sands, Devin McKim, & Erin Younge

As part of an on-going collaboration between the NC Pottery Center and East Carolina University, Erin Younge, a 3rd year graduate student in ECU’s Ceramics Program, has been interning with us this summer and teaching a number of clay programs for all ages. Devin McKim is a 2nd year graduate student who has been working with local Randleman, NC, potter Joseph Sands to learn production ceramic techniques.

The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood. “Firing a groundhog kiln is a great introduction to Seagrove pottery,” explains Devin. “I am excited to be joining in on that traditional style of salt firing.”

The Raku firing will be broken up into smaller, more manageable batches to fire, remove, and fume – and then repeat with each following batch. That will give visitors a chance to see finished pieces more quickly than most other types of firings. Erin says, “I am amazed by the range of color that Raku firings produce. The transformation that takes place in both the clay and the glaze by using simple combustible materials like sawdust or flowers is always a treat.”

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 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

The Seagrove Potters of Historic Busbee Road in Seagrove, NC, will Present “Summer Solstice” – June 21, 2014

May 9, 2014

The Seagrove Potters of Historic Busbee Road in Seagrove, NC, will be hosting an event on Saturday, June, 21, 2014, for Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year, from 9am-7pm.

Participants include:

STUDIO TOUYA will be open from 10am-7pm, with refreshments served.

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CHRIS LUTHER will begin the first day of summer serving coffee and local breads with demonstrations scheduled throughout the day for visitors.

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MILL CREEK FORGE is open from 9:30am-5pm offering iron wares.

HICKORY HILL will celebrate that summer has arrived. Check out our complete line of kitchenware and serving pieces that’s sure to compliment your summer entrees. Refreshments will be served . Hours from 9am-7pm.

O’QUINN POTTERY will be offering refreshments, door prizes and lots of pottery.

CADY CLAY WORKS will celebrate the year’s longest day with new pottery designs and refreshments. Join us for hors d’oeuvres on the patio from 5-7pm.

KEITH MARTINDALE POTTERY will be open from 9am-7pm offering a good selection of pottery. Refreshments will be served.

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“ORIGINAL” OWENS POTTERY will have a large stock of bird houses and bird feeders in celebration of Summer Solstice. We will also have flower pots and hanging baskets.

JUGTOWN POTTERY will celebrate the solstice with pottery and crafts for the home and garden. Evening refreshments served.

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JLK JEWELRY @ Jugtown Pottery will have a selection of nature theme jewelry, in addition to a variety of one of a kind pieces.

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For further info call Jennie Lorette Keatts at 910/464-2653 or e-mail to (jennie@jlkjewelry.com).

4th Annual Madison County Potters Market Takes Place at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC – Apr. 19, 2014, 10am – 4pm

April 11, 2014

The 4th Annual Madison County Potters Market Takes Place at Marshall High Studios, 115 Blannahasset Island, Marshall, NC, Apr. 19, 2014, from 10am-4pm.

The event is organized by the Potters of Madison County: Emily Reason, East Fork Pottery (Alex Matisse, Connie Rose Coady, & John Vigeland), Joey Sheehan, Josh Copus, Jim & Shirl Parmentier, Becca Floyd, Rob Pulleyn, Matt Kelleher, and Shoko Teruyama.

The 2014 visiting potters include: Steve & Becky Lloyd, Derek Rosenberry, Dick Aerni, Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz, Bryce Brisco, Tom Clarkson, Shadow May, Lindsay Rogers, Barry Rhodes, Andrew Stephenson, Will Dickert, Charlie Tefft, Ronan Peterson, Michael Kline, Julie Wiggins, Ron Philbeck, and Mark Knott.

For further information call 828/649-0177, e-mail to (info@pottersofmadisoncounty.com) or visit (http://www.pottersofmadisoncounty.com/).

1000 Mugs to Build a Kiln and Workspace – Don’t You Want to be Part of This?

April 8, 2014

Some people use Kickstarter to fund a project, and some people offer an opportunity to invest in an artist’s future by pre-paying for art. I first heard of this from William Halsey, one of Charleston, SC’s, best artists. He would sell shares to raise funds for a trip and “investors” could use those shares to purchase works made as a result of those trips. A deal that turned out to be a pretty good investment for those who purchased those early works by Halsey.

Chad Brown, a 5th generation Seagrove, NC, potter is using a similar technique to help fund a new work space and kiln by selling 1000 mugs to fund his project.

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Work by Chad Brown

Here’s a letter from Chad Brown:

Dear Friends,

For the past 15 years, I have worked in many shops, attended craft shows, art exhibitions and worked at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, as a demonstrator. During this time, I have been working out of a small shed on my grandparent’s farm that I built when I was in middle school, needless to say I have long outgrown it! Erin and I recently purchased a large track of land in Moore County near the site of my great-great grandfather W.H. Crisco’s kiln and shop. On this property, I am planning to build a large wood burning kiln, pole barn and workshop.

For funding to accomplish the construction, I am making 1,000 mugs, from local clays, to be sold for $25.00 each. Orders are being taken now and mugs can be picked up at our property May 31st and June 1st from 9-5. This will give you a chance to see the new kiln site. Mugs can also be shipped for an additional cost.

I appreciate your support.

Chad Brown

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Photo of my great-great grandfather, W.H. Crisco standing in front of his workshop which now resides in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

For further information or to order your mug(s) call 910/571-1691. Checks can be sent to: Chad Brown, PO Box 109 Ether, NC, 27247.

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

March 17, 2014

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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.

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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 (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 (jbyrd@wcu.edu) 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.

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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 (www.PotteryRoad.com) or call 910/464-2608.

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

December 20, 2013

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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.

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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 (www.ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.


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