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Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

December 6, 2016

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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 2016 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS 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 fall and spring, ten fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School are invited to participate in the program, and learn pottery local history and skills.

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North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner Sid Luck teaches students how to make face jugs, a traditional form in Southern pottery.

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 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 Artists-in-Residence Owen Laurion and Kirsten Olson, 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 fifth-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 2016 TAPS session will end Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.  To celebrate our students’ hard work, a reception and exhibition of TAPS students’ pottery is planned for that day, from 2:45 until 4pm. The general public is invited to attend.

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. 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., from 10am – 4pm.

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

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offer Clay Talks! with Tom Suomalainen – Sept. 1, 2016

August 29, 2016

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Join us on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 6pm for a slide talk by Tom Suomalainen, a potter in Walnut Cove, NC, and a participant in NC Pottery Center’s current exhibition, “Penland Clay: Shaping North Carolina Ceramics.”

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Work by Tom Suomalainen

Suomalainen’s slide talk will focus on his life, work, and inspiration.

Says Suomalainen, “My creativity was nurtured as I grew up in rural Minnesota taking care of the family’s cows, chickens, cats and dogs. My family’s garden was always an activity of great curiosity as was the hatching of baby chicks that seemed to suddenly appear from beneath some dense vegetative cover.

A reluctant hunter, I enjoyed fishing immensely. Lake fishing, river fishing, stream fishing were much favored summer and winter adventures. (It was more the adventure of discovering the natural terrain that held the most interest.) Particularly exciting were the summer trips to Canada and following my father and brother far into the wilderness, not only in search of some exciting trout fishing, but in the search of rocks and minerals, plants and flowers and animal tracks and habitats. My father would situate my brother and me up trees in ravines in hopes that deer, moose and small animals would pass by as he approached. The adventures and serenity of these portage trips formed heightened sense of observation. A true Cancerian, my creel not only carried gutted trout kept moist in wet fern fronds but bits of bark, new leaves, crystals and minerals. This visual and emotional journal continues to infuse my work in clay and painting.”

A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk 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 Emily Lassiter, the Educational Program Manager 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 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.

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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.

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).

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.

Mobile Anagama Kiln Firing at the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Aug. 19. 2014

August 15, 2014

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Henry Crissman, a graduate Student at The NYSCC at Alfred University persuing a MFA in Ceramics, and his “Mighty Mobile Anagama” kiln are heading east from Montana and are projected to arrive in Seagrove, NC, early next week and fire his mobile kiln at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, barring unforeseen circumstances. Crissman’s mobile anagama is a wood-fired kiln on a trailer he created with plenty of funding and assistance that is now on the last leg of a whirlwind national tour of kiln firings and exploring ceramics as community activism for the past month.

Says Crissman, “My art practice is an exploration of the progressive social applications of making and using functional pottery…” His mobile anagama wood-fired kiln allows for the hosting of more communal and performative approaches to the ceramic process.

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The re-assembly, loading, and firing of Henry’s moblie anagama kiln will take place at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, starting at 9am. This will be a day long process. The unloading of the fired kiln will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

The public is invited to come out and watch the process both days. There will be no charge to the public to come out and watch the loading/firing process on Tuesday or the unloading on Wednesday, but the center will be charging its usual modest admission fee to tour the museum on those days for visitors wishing to do that as well.

This will also be a great opportunity to meet a couple of new addtions at the Pottery Center: Josh Floyd, the center’s Artist-in-Residence, and Emily Lassiter, the center’s Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator.

To learn more about the “Mobile Anagama,” visit Crissman’s website at (www.henrycrissman.com).

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.

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).

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Popular Fundraiser – Potter’s Palette 2 – May 4, 2013

April 20, 2013

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Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollack have nothing on the potters of North Carolina. Can you buy an Old Master canvas? I didn’t think so. But you can buy a fabulous painting, on a 12” x 12” canvas, produced by one of the mighty potters of North Carolina!

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Work by Mark Hewitt

Not only can you get a great painting to enjoy in your home, but when you bid on one, you’ll also be supporting the North Carolina Pottery Center.

We’re very excited about our upcoming fundraiser, The Potter’s Palette 2, and invite you to mark your calendars and come to the Pottery Center for this exciting auction on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from  4–7pm.

Last year’s event was entertaining, and the canvases were superb. We plan to raise more money and have more fun this year! There will be live music, a buffet, and beer and wine. Many of the painting potters will attend as featured guests.

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Eck McCanless working on his piece

Tickets for the event will be $15.00 per person or 2 for $25.00. Don’t miss the excitement!

Potters, in case you didn’t already know, are very creative people, and can paint beautifully, as well as make fabulous pots, so, who knows, you might end up with a painting that becomes an Old Master!

We’ll be posting images of all the canvases and further details online prior the event.

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Work by Fred Johnston

Please RSVP by Apr. 30, 2013. Call the Pottery Center at 336/873-8430 (Tue.-Sat., 10am-4pm). All the details and images of works can be see at (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers New Potters Directory and Redesigned Website

March 4, 2013

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is very happy to announce the completion of the new Potters Directory on our redesigned web site (http://www.ncpotterycenter.org/directory.html).

A big thank you goes to our web designer, Kris Julian, who has done an outstanding job. He’ll soon add a mapping function which will show an overview of all the member listings on a Google map with the ability to get directions.  No need to ever get lost finding your favorite pottery again!