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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).

North Carolina Pottery Center Holds 16th Annual Gala and Auction – “Going, Going, Gone to Pots!” in Raleigh, NC – Sept. 26, 2015

September 11, 2015

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The North Carolina Pottery Center’s 16th Annual Gala & Auction – “Going, Going, Gone to Pots!” is coming up soon on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, from 6-9pm at CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC’s Contemporary Art Museum (409 W. Martin St.). Proceeds from the annual gala and auction go towards fulfilling the center’s mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery and potters in our great state through educational programs, an artist-in-residence program, and exhibitions.

An amazing evening is in store. A veritable array of delectable heavy hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by the award winning caterer PoshNosh, whose motto is “Catering for Foodies.”  Fine wine is being supplied by Haw River Wine Man, Inc., and we will be serenaded by a trio of Seagrove potters who just so happen to also be excellent musicians.

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Work by Doc Welty

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Work by Ezekiel “Zeke” McCanless

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Work by Jeannie Lorette Keatts

There will be a special pre-event reception starting at 5:15pm for Sponsors, Hosts, ECU alumni/affiliated, and special guests featuring Ben Owen III and other potters who graduated from ECU.

Most importantly, our great potters and ceramic artists from across North Carolina have donated fabulous creations in support of the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, and our mission. We’ll have a fantastic array auction items (plenty of pottery and ceramics, but some other treats too!), and 20 exquisite live auction items. The quality of the donated work is breathtaking.

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Work by Julie Jones

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Work by Kate Johnston

Electronic Bidding will be possible on all Silent Auction, Buy Now, and Raffle items. All Bidding, with the exception of Live Auction items, will be done through your own cell phone, tablet, or computer! You can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction right from your own device! You even get an update if you are outbid! Phone and absentee bidding will be available for Live Auction items. More information on the electronic bidding feature will be shared with ticket holders and via our Facebook  page and the event page on our website in a couple of weeks when the online bidding site goes live around September 12th.

Tickets, including Host tickets, are now available for purchase online. Get your tickets, and find more information, now at (www.tinyurl.com/2015-ncpc-gala-tickets).

The excitement has reached a fever pitch, and we are anxious to share our impressive auction items with you. View the donated items on our publicly accessible Facebook page as they are added at (www.tinyurl.com/2015-ncpc-gala-items).

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Work by Kay Bevan

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Work by William and Pam Kennedy

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.

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).

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).


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