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Several Seagrove, NC, Potteries Offer Tea with Seagrove Potters – Sept. 5, 2015

August 22, 2015

Treat yourself to a day filled with tea tastings, refreshments and special featured pottery on Sept. 5, 2015, from 9am-5pm, in Seagrove, NC.

At Thomas Pottery enjoy homemade treats served on our handmade pottery, paired with a scrumptious iced tea. Come be inspired with recipes and ideas for your next gathering with family and friends.

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Works from Thomas Pottery

Join us in a gallery crawl, as we partner with Blue Hen, Dean & Martin, Eck McCanless, From the Ground Up and Pottery Road in a pottery crawl.

Blue Hen Pottery, 247 West Main Street, Seagrove NC, 336/653-9551 or at (www.bluehenpottery.com)

Eck McCanless Pottery, 6077 Old US Hwy. 220, Seagrove, NC, 336/873-7412 or at (www.eckmccanless.webs.com)

Dean & Martin Pottery, 7739 Nathan Lane, Seagrove, NC, 336/879-0683 or at (www.deanandmartinpottery.com)

From the Ground Up, 172 Crestwood Rd., Robbins, 910/464-6228 or at (www.fromthegrounduppots.com)

Thomas Pottery, 1295 S. NC Highway 705, Seagrove, NC, 336/879-4145 or at (www.thomaspottery.com)

Pottery Road Studio and Gallery, 1387 NC Hwy. 705 South, 6 miles from Seagrove, NC, 910/464-2608 or at (https://www.facebook.com/potteryroad)

Visit our website for further info at (http://teawithseagrovepotters.webstarts.com/).

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Monthly Lecture Series Date Changed to – Sept. 18, 2015

August 8, 2015

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Due to some scheduling conflicts, the Monthly Lecture featuring ECU Ceramics Program Students & Alumni originally scheduled for tomorrow night, Friday, August 14, has been rescheduled to Friday night, September 18. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, located in Seagrove, NC, on the evening of Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 7-9pm, for a slide lecture by current East Carolina University graduate student Alexandra Ingles and recent ECU graduates Erin Younge and Gaines Bailey. Erin Younge is a current resident artist at Starworks, in Star, NC and interned at the North Carolina Pottery Center in the summer of 2014, as part of the center’s on-going collaboration with ECU. Gaines Bailey is a ceramic artist and art educator living in Durham, NC.

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Work by Alexandra Ingles

This lively discussion and slide show highlights the works of these artists and compliments the current exhibition of the ECU Ceramics Guild, in Galley III of the NCPC. The exhibit runs through Oct. 5, 2015, and has many pieces available for purchase. The East Carolina University Ceramics Guild is a student-run organization that brings in visiting artists, organizes shows, fundraisers and trips to conferences, and raises funds for supplies, events, and charitable causes. They have periodic pottery sales that help fund their endeavors and benefit the Ceramics area at ECU.

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Work by Gaines Bailey

NCPC & ECU, proud partners in ceramics education.

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

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.

NCPC Educational Building located behind the NCPC at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm.

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.

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

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Sid Luck for Its Monthly Lecture Series – July 24, 2015

June 29, 2015

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On Friday, July 24th, join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, for a slide lecture by local Seagrove potter Sid Luck.

Luck, a fifth-generation potter, will present on his family’s history, as well as his time spent working for J.B. Cole Pottery, beginning in the late 1950s. “It has been my goal, all my life, to carry on as much of the old traditional work as I can,” says Sid. In 2014, after over 50 years of making pottery, he was awarded the North Carolina Heritage Award, an honor for a lifetime of contribution to the cultural traditions of North Carolina.

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

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

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir, NC, Holds 24th Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening – June 27, 2015

June 17, 2015

Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir, NC, will hold their 24th Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The event hours are 10am until 4pm. Pottery, live music, regional arts and crafts, and interactive events will take place.

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The purpose of the event is to educated the public on some of the traditional ways of life. Through demonstrations of heritage arts, crafts, and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked, and entertained.

Lula Owens Bolick is a 5th generation potter from the Owens Family of Seagrove, NC. Janet (Lula’s daughter) is a 6th generation. Together, with their husbands, Glenn Bolick and Michael Calhoun, they produce shapes that have been in their family for more than 190 years. Each potter also has their own designs and techniques. The groundhog wood kiln (the old method of firing pottery before electricity) will be unloaded at 10am.  Customers are encouraged to be present at this time for the best selection of wood fired items.  Wares in the kiln will include Michael’s much sought after face jugs including Santas, Mrs. Claus, Harry Potters, and Clay Spirits. Lula’s well known Monday / Friday double face jugs, (one happy face and one sad face).  Lula has also paired with her sister, Ina Owens Bolick, and they will offer owl mugs, and sculpted chickens. Glenn will have pitchers, vases and swirl items. Janet will offer her traditional shapes of Rebekah pitchers,  teapots, and candlesticks. Both galleries will be well stocked with functional, decorative, and folk art pottery.

The valley will fill with sounds from the stage featuring the Dollar Brothers, (a festival favorite), and Glenn Bolick & Friends. Bluegrass, Gospel and old time music. John Peterson and Charlie Glenn will be selling and demonstrating their handmade instruments as well.

The festival features regional artist that will demonstrate, educate, and sell their works. The line up includes stain glass, weavings, leather works, wooden bowls, utensils, toys, stools, and chairs. The Thankful Goat body products, and more.

Interactive events include a quilting party, a gee-haw-whimmie-diddle contest, dancing, and horse and wagon rides.

Pintos, and cornbread will be served for lunch

This event is free, bring chairs.  No pets and no alcohol please.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery is located at 4443 Bolick Road in Lenoir, NC, 28645, just 3 miles south of Blowing Rock, (14 miles north of Lenoir) Highway 321. Turn left on Blackberry Road, go 1/2 mile then right on Bolick Road.

For further info call 828/295-5099, 828/295-3862, e-mail at (sales@traditionspottery.com) or visit (www.traditionspottery.com).

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Presents Monthly Lecture Series – June 12, 2015

June 7, 2015

Charlie Tefft will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center for the June installment of the Monthly Slide Lecture Series. Tefft is the ceramics teacher at Guilford College, in Greensboro, NC, and will present images of his life and work, influences and experiences as an artist, potter and educator. 

Of his own work, Tefft tells this story, “In the spring of 2003 a pair of Carolina Wrens took up residence in the rafters of my studio.  I watched them raise two sets of babies over that summer.  Day in and day out they would move upon the rafter calling down to me, always feeding their babies.  The summer of Carolina wrens nestled into the depths of my mind, and over time I began to create work about that experience.  In hind sight I can see a similar path in many of the pieces I design.  They are born out of something outside of clay, and evolve over time.  The theme that reoccurs most often is movement.  I am always looking for ways to make the surface or the actual pots seems as though they have captured a moment in time.  I balance this movement and life in the pots with a desire to make them functional.  This is the challenge that brings me back to the studio eager to make pots.”

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

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

7-8pm: Community Potluck and Social Hour 

8-9pm: Slideshow Presentation

 

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 N.C. 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 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Lecture by Steve Blankenbeker – May 22, 2015

May 9, 2015

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Steve Blankenbeker will be presenting “The Clays The Thing: Native Clays of North Carolina” at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Friday, May 22, 2015, as part of the Center’s Monthly Lecture Series.

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Steve Blankenbeker

Blankenbeker 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, NC, from 2002 to the present.

Blankenbeker 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.

His talk will touch on his knowledge of geological formations and experiences with local materials.

A potluck at 7pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 8pm.

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

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430.

Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, NC, by Area Potters Takes Place on Apr. 18 and 19, 2015

April 12, 2015

Editor’s Note: We covered this event in our April 2015 issue – we just forgot to include the ad associated with it. That’s about the worst thing you can do as a commercial publication, as it means we don’t get paid for an ad we left out. We apologize to the potters of Seagrove, but we’re trying to make up for it as much as we can.

Here’s the ad we forgot to include:

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Here’s the article we published about the event.

Please join Seagrove, NC, Potters this year for our largest Celebration of Spring in Seagrove on Apr. 18 and 19, 2015. Forty three member shops will be offering an array of new work from over 70 potters and special events in the shops this year. This is the perfect weekend to get out, shake off the winter blues and come find some treasures to take home with you.

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Work from Blue Hen Pottery

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Work from Bulldog Pottery

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Works by Caldwell Hohl Artworks

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Work by Dean & Martin Pottery

Participating this year are: Avery Pottery & Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery Inc., Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Cady Clay Works, Caldwell Hohl Artworks, Chad Brown Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Daniel and Kate Johnston Pottery, David Stuempfle Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, DirtWorks Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, Hickory Hill Pottery, JLK Jewelry at Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, King’s Pottery, Latham’s Pottery, Luck’s Ware, Matthew Kelly Pottery, McNeill’s Pottery, Michele Hastings Pottery & Jeff Brown, Nichols Pottery, O’Quinn Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Pottery Junction, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery/Walton’s, Potts Pottery, Ray Pottery, Rockhouse Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Smith Pottery, Studio Touya, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery, and Turn & Burn.

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Work from JLK Jewelry at Jugtown

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Work by Keith Martindale Pottery

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Work from Studio Touya

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Work from Tom Gray Pottery

The Spring Guide can be downloaded from our website (www.discoverseagrove.com) and includes a map, shop hours and listing of the participating shops. You can also go to Facebook to see who is participating at (www.Facebook.com/CelebrationofSeagrovePotters) and link to the individual artists for more information.

You will also be able to participate in a chance to win a gift certificate for $150 that can be used at one of the participating Celebration of Spring shops. Pick up a card at one of the shops (or download it from our website) and get it stamped in 6 different shops and mail it back to us by May 15, 2015. Qualifying cards will be entered into the drawing, which will take place the weekend of May 23, 2015.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings for individual potteries or visit (www.discoverseagrove.com).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives $45,000 Grant from The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation

March 31, 2015

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The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, will be receiving a $45,000 grant from The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation to be used toward continued funding of the executive director position.

Located in Winston-Salem, NC, the Hanes Foundation “has always been interested in improving the life of the citizens of North Carolina” through grants for “charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.”

Over the past couple of years, the North Carolina Pottery Center has been successful in building traction and starting to convert that traction to momentum with the addition of an educational program manager/project coordinator and the restarting of the artist-in-residence program, as well as a successful ongoing collaboration with East Carolina University’s ceramics program. Increased educational activities are a noticeable and noteworthy enhancement of the center’s outreach and represent a natural growth in terms of programming that the center is able to offer to visitors of all ages, as well as other potters.

Lindsey Lambert, NCPC executive director, notes “On behalf of the North Carolina Pottery Center board and myself, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the board of the Hanes Foundation for their acknoledgment of what we are working to accomplish here at the center. The grant funding from the Hanes Foundation will allow us to maintain stability and continuity at the level that oversees, in conjunction with the board, not only the running, but also the future direction, of the center.”

Lambert adds, “Our mission here at the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, and great exhibitions, permanent and temporary. We encourage people to come visit us, learn more about this quintessential North Carolina tradition and our state’s potters past and present, and then enjoy visiting our potters across the state.”

The North Carolina Pottery Center, located at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC, 27341, is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10am – 4pm. The North Carolina Pottery Center, which is a nonprofit, charges a small admission fee to help it better fulfill its mission and serve our guests.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Calls for “Fund Drive” Donations of Pottery for the NCPC Gift Shop

March 19, 2015

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Do you happen to have a few pieces of pottery sitting around your house that need a good home? We are always looking for some “Fund Drive” pottery pieces for our gift shop here at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC,

What are the “Fund Drive” pottery pieces? The center has a couple of small shelves in our gift shop where we sell pottery pieces that have been donated to center specifically to be sold to benefit the center. Proceeds from the sale of those items are incorporated into the center’s operational funds. We are starting to run low on good “Fund Drive” pieces and need to replenish our supply!

If you have some pottery pieces in decent condition that aren’t permanent collection caliber that you would like to donate to the North Carolina Pottery Center for us to sell in the gift shop to help support our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery in North Carolina.

For further info contact Emily Lassiter by e-mail at (membership@ncpotterycenter.org).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Features Jugtown Pottery in its Monthly Lecture Series – Apr. 24, 2015

March 19, 2015

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Jugtown Pottery will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, for the April installment of the Monthly Slide Presentation Series, on Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Jugtown, open since 1917, is the oldest continually operating pottery in the area. Members of the Owens family will talk about the pottery’s history, as well as what Jugtown looks like today.

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Come on out and join us for a fun evening with a Seagrove classic! A potluck at 7pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 8pm.

The lecture will take place at the NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC, 27341.

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430.


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