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NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talk with Steve Blankenbeker – Mar. 6, 2016

February 17, 2016

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The NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, offers a Clay Talk with Steve Blankenbeker, Sunday afternoon, Mar. 6, 2016, at 2:30pm for another presentation. Blankenbeker is a clay engineer with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury, NC.

Blankebeker’s two presentations at the center earlier this year were so popular that we have invited him back one more time to talk more about North Carolina’s wild clays in conjunction with “Wild Clay: The Story of NC Clay,” an exhibition that is currently up through Mar. 6, 2016! Blankebeker’s presentation in being done in conjunction with the NC Potters Conference that will be taking place in Asheboro, NC.

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Blankebeker’s presentation is titled “Understanding North Carolina’s Wild Clays” and will include historical and geological information relating to the types of wild clays featured in the exhibition, along with insight into prospecting and mining in North Carolina.

Blankebeker was born in Indiana and raised in Greensboro, NC, and graduated from NC State with a degree in Materials Engineering (Ceramic Specialization) in 1984. He worked for Cedar Heights Clay from 1984 to 2002 and with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury 2002 to the present.

Blankebeker has a passion for finding and using locally sourced clays. Though not a potter himself, he has always worked closely with potters to help them find and use local clays in and around NC, OH and WV.

While most of our Clay Talks! are potlucks, this particular event is not. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Pottery Center starting at 1:30pm.

Location: Main building, NC Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series with Kate Johnston

January 31, 2016

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Join us on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, for a slide lecture by Seagrove potter Kate Johnston!

Johnston grew up in New Jersey and has been interested in the arts since childhood, assisting a plein air painter beginning at the age of 9. After she dove into clay, she worked with potter Terry Plasket at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. At age 16, she became Wheaton Arts’ youngest ever production thrower. Johnston left the studio to earn a BFA at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. In 2010, Johnston opened her pottery studio here in Seagrove.

Johnston’s pots are made with local materials, carved with organic patterns inspired by Art Deco design, and fired in a large wood-burning kiln. Johnston shows her pots throughout North Carolina and has lectured and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and New Jersey.

Johnston’s slide lecture will focus on her work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes 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.

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

Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Dec. 16, 2015

December 12, 2015

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The North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2015 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). The TAPS program is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC Pottery Center in partnership with Seagrove Elementary School and sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Each year, fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School area invited to participate in the program, and each fall and spring, ten students learn pottery local history and skills.

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The TAPS program aims to connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. Students receive instruction in an art form that has deep cultural roots in their community, taught by experts utilizing traditional instructional techniques. Students learn numerous clay processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing of pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice. Seagrove potter Sid Luck, winner of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, leads the class. Luck is assisted by Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, NCPC Artist-in-Residence Josh Floyd, and NCPC educational program manager, Emily Lassiter.

“The North Carolina Pottery Center’s TAPS program is so fortunate to have fifth-generation potter Sid Luck teaching Seagrove pottery traditions to the community’s young people,” says Sally Peterson, Folklife Director at the NC Arts Council. “A career public school teacher himself, Sid combines high level teaching skills with time-honored pottery knowledge to present an enriching program that connects students to the very heart of their community. Rising generation potter Chad Brown and others contribute an energy and creativity to the program that would be difficult to match anywhere outside of a university program. I love visiting the TAPS program, because the students are so enthusiastic and really perform way beyond expectation,” says Peterson.

The fall session of TAPS is coming to an end. To celebrate TAPS students’ hard work, the Pottery Center will stage an exhibition of their work and a reception on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, from  2:45 – 4pm. Students’ work will be on display in the Center and light refreshments will be served.  The general public is invited to attend the exhibition and reception.

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, please call 336/873-8430 or go to (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

Read a Blog Post at Carolina Arts Unleashed about a Trip to Seagrove, NC – To Buy Pottery

December 8, 2015

We’ve just posted a blog about a trip to the 8th annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, the center of pottery in North Carolina, over at Carolina Arts Unleashed (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/). Read it now to learn what you missed, and that you’ve got a change to go this coming weekend (Dec. 12, 2015) for more Holiday events in Seagrove. The image is of a work by Frank Neef and Paul Ray.

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Friend of Art, Friend of Pottery, Dr. A. Everette James, Jr. A 2015 North Carolina Award Winner

November 14, 2015

Dr. A. Everette James, Jr. was recently given the 2015 North Carolina Award for Fine Arts in Raleigh, NC.

Established by the General Assembly in 1961, the North Carolina Award is the highest civilian honor given by the state. Presented annually since 1964, the award recognizes significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine art, literature, public service and science. Though given by the governor, the award is administerd by our agency.

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Fine Arts: Dr. A. Everette James, Jr.

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Dr. Everette James is a true connoisseur of art. He widely collects, passionately studies, deftly writes about and generously shares many forms of art. Born and raised in the Martin County town of Robersonville, James attended the University of North Carolina and Duke University Medical School. Specializing in radiology, he completed post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in England.

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Having thoroughly enjoyed an Impressionist exhibit that he attended in Massachusetts, James decided to collect Impressionist art, but quickly realized his radiologist salary would not support this endeavor so he decided to concentrate on acquiring the work of women artists who, at the time, were under-recognized. As some of those pieces increased in value, he was able to sell a few to finance his ever-growing passion for collecting as it expanded into American folk art, Southern art and indigenous crafts. With each new art form, James researched the art’s evolution, techniques and influences, periodically leading to the publication of an informative article or scholarly book.

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Over the years, James has shared his art and crafts collections with museums, educational institutions and clubs around the country. He is particularly fond of bringing art and the humanities to hospitals through exhibits and lectures. In 1993, James opened a folk art museum in Robersonville in a restored Primitive Baptist Church called St. James Place, now on the National Register of Historic Places, that exhibits folk art, antique decoys and pottery.

James is the author of more than 500 books and articles on medicine, law, ethics, art, and folklore and even fiction. In the 1980s, he combined his vocation and his avocation. He co-authored an article on the use of digital radiography to analyze paintings, a practice that has since become standard.

You can watch a video about Dr. James at (https://youtu.be/K2xRW5VHkeA?list=PL0D3Ny2CaPzledGPwIqHWOWLKXxua2fHf).

For further info about the North Carolina Awards visit (http://www.ncdcr.gov/about/special-programs/nc-awards).

Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival Takes Place in Greensboro, NC – Nov. 14, 2015

November 6, 2015

More than 50 regional potters will participate in the Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, from 10am until 4pm. Located at the Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, NC 27410, a large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery from NC, SC, & VA will be available for sale.

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Work by Molly Lithgo

Founders Molly Lithgo and Jim Rientjes of Earthworks Pottery highlighted the Potters of the Piedmont pottery festival as an extension of their studio show begun fourteen years ago. Their vision of this festival is to showcase local potters as well as those from around the state and beyond.

Potters of the Piedmont is proud to partner with Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Feast of Caring and Mosaic-A Lifespan Studio. This year there will be pottery raffle with all proceeds going to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

This festival offers the public an opportunity to meet some of the most accomplished regional potters in one accessible location. Ample parking is available; the event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by: Earthworks Pottery, Mary’s Antiques, Eanes Heating and Air, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Dept., Triad City Beat, Celtic Pottery, Cheesecakes by Alex, and Greensboro Urban Ministry.

For further info contact Jim Rientjes by calling 336/662-2357, e-mail to (earthworksgallery@att.net) or visit (http://www.pottersofthepiedmont.com).

Seagrove, NC, Area Potters Hold November Gallery Tour – Nov. 21 and 22, 2015

November 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: Although there will be two pottery festivals taking place this same weekend in the Seagrove area, these potteries will be offing visitors an individual experience. I might suggest the stop at the NC Pottery Center in “downtown” Seagrove where you can probably get a map of area potteries to help you locate these potteries.

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Works from Dover Pottery

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Works from Whynot Pottery

Seventeen Seagrove, NC, area pottery shops welcome you to their individual galleries with special holiday shopping hours the weekend before Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, from 9am-5pm and Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, from 11am-4pm.

Rescue your holiday spirit from crowds and noise with a beautiful country drive and support your local stores and artisans. Meet the potters and peruse the new designs that the artists have spent all summer creating. Some shops will have holiday decorations, refreshments and tours. There is no charge for this event.

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Work by Will McCanless

Participating Potteries include:
Chrisco, Cady Clay Works, Cagle Road, Dover, Frogtown*, Humble Mill, Jugtown, McCanless, McCanless Downton, Moore*, O’Quinn, Smith, Thomas, Tom Gray, Walton’s, Westmoore* and Whynot.  (*Saturday only)

For more information call 910/464-5661 or 336/879-2600.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series, Featuring Susan Feagin – Nov. 13, 2015

October 30, 2015

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Please join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, for a slide lecture by Susan Feagin, the Clay Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts. Feagin will be discussing her own work and her work up at Penland.

Come on out and join us for a fun evening! A potluck at 7-8pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by slide lecture at 8-9pm.

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Pottery Center.

Location – NCPC Educational Building located behind the NCPC at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC 27341.

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

Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, NC, Offers Fall Open House – Nov. 7, 2015

October 30, 2015

John Mellage and Beth Gore, of Cady Clay Works, have hundreds of new creations in the works for their annual Open House to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, from 9am-5pm.  It’s always an opportunity for customers to see the season’s one-of-a-kind pieces.  This year the large wood kiln is undergoing repairs, so the smaller glaze kilns are being fired several times.  “We’ll probably still be unloading the day before the Open House” said Beth.

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New pottery designs, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, feature new glaze combinations as well as some re-visited combinations from the past 28 years.

Guest potter Bob Brotherton from the NC mountains has prepared a new kiln load of his beautiful serving pieces for the event.

Gin Wall of Asheboro has discovered her creative self after retiring as Horticulture Curator of the NC Zoo.  She will be joining the festivities with felted sculptures, greeting cards, handmade boxes and other designs.

Be sure to visit the “aquarium” wall, full of wooden fish hanging racks made from recycled materials by Lisa Richman of Southern Pines.

Take a drive through the beautiful Carolina countryside to peruse the new creations, visit with the artists and enjoy some delicious refreshments.  John and Beth thank all their customers for supporting local artists!

For further information call 910/464-5661 or visit (www.cadyclayworks.com).

Seagrove, NC, Potters Help Raise Thousands for Local Charities

October 13, 2015

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The generosity of Seagrove, NC’s potters has helped raise countless dollars for local charities over the years, including thousands of dollars in the past month for the First Health Hospice Foundation of Moore County, the North Carolina Friends of the Zoo and the North Carolina Pottery Center.

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Work by Frank Neef

Nearly twice a week someone with a clipboard or flier approaches a Seagrove potter, asking for a donation for their cause. More often than not, they leave with a handmade work of art to raise money at auction. Requests for contributions come by mail, e-mail and phone, as well as, in person. Everything from school fall fundraisers, fire department dinners and churches trying to raise funds for someone who is suffering a disaster use pottery donations to help generate money.

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Work by Carol Gentithes

“Potter’s are generally good people. We try to be good citizens and support our community,” said Frank Neef, vice-president of the Seagrove Area Potters Association. ”Many potters gave a piece of work to all three events. You would be hard pressed to find a single potter in Seagrove that hasn’t donated their work to one of many good causes. The generosity of our community of potters makes me very proud.”

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Works by Eck McCanless

Last month, three major fundraising events took place during the same week that used a pottery auction as a key component to their efforts. The First Health Hospice Foundation of Moore County has relied on the Seagrove potters since 1996 to provide work for its annual event. At the September 24 fundraiser, pottery by Will McCanless, Frank Neef, Fred Johnson, Carol Gentithes and many more Seagrove potters helped to raise several thousand dollars to support Hospice and palliative care for patients in Moore and Montgomery counties. To date the Hospice Pottery Auction has raise $1.6 million in net proceeds.

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Work by Will McCanless

“Zoo To Do,” the major annual fundraiser for the North Carolina Friends of the Zoo was held September 26. Seagrove potters contributed many pieces of art for both a silent and live auctions. The works of Phil Morgan, Donna Craven, Michael and Levi Mahan, and Eck McCanless alone brought in over $12,000 to help fund programs at the NC Zoo.

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Work by Phil Morgan

The North Carolina Pottery Center held its annual “Going, Going, Gone” pottery auction September 26 at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Raleigh. This auction is supported by potters from all over the state, but Seagrove was more than well represented, with 32 potters contributing work for both the live and silent auctions. The pottery of Daniel and Kate Johnston, Ben Owens III, Chad Brown, David Stuempfle, and Pam, Vernon and Travis Owens of Jugtown raised over $7,500, half of the amount raised from Seagrove potters, to support the pottery center’s efforts to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

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Work by Levi Mahan

The Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote, publicize and market the Seagrove Area Pottery Community and its tradition; to develop partnerships within the community with civic, cultural and governmental organizations; to develop and implement programs such as the upcoming Celebration of Seagrove Potters, November 20-22, 2015 and activities for the membership and to develop educational events and activities that assist in promoting the Seagrove Area Pottery Community.

For more information, visit (www.DiscoverSeagrove.com).