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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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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.

Tri-State Sculptors 38th Annual Conference Takes Place in the Seagrove Area of NC – Oct. 6-9, 2016

June 20, 2016

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Sculptors from around the country will be converging on the Seagrove area to participate in the 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference, “Creativity, Communication and Collaboration”, Oct. 6-9, 2016, hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. Located in the center of NC and the Tri-State area of VA, NC, and SC, the Seagrove area offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference.

This conference is designed to meet the needs and interests of sculptors and educators working in a variety of 3-D media, including metal, clay, glass, fibers, stone and mixed media. It will be a valuable educational experience that includes not only technical information, but marketing and business information as well.

The Conference format will consist of one day of area tours, and two days of technical and educational presentations, demos and workshops, a sculpture trade show on Friday along with round table discussions, 4 member exhibitions, and evening events. Artist Noah Scalin, author of several books on creativity, art and design including the award winning “Skull-A-Day Art Project”, will be the Friday evening keynote speaker and Daniel Johnston, well-known potter and sculptor, will be the keynote speaker Saturday evening.

Both keynote addresses are free and open to the public along with Friday evening Tri-State Sculptors art opening at the Sarah Smith Self Gallery in Asheboro, NC, and the Saturday afternoon events from 1 – 8pm at Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove which include the creation of sand molds, and watching the molds being poured with molten iron courtesy of Liberty Arts. This project receives support from the NC Arts Council. Saturday afternoon and evening will also include the firing of a large clay sculpture by Daniel Johnston that will still be aflame when revealed Saturday evening along with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the newly dedicated Sculpture Garden.

We are anticipating that attendance will exceed 150 sculpture professionals and educators, giving attendees ample networking, education and exhibition opportunities. Attendance and exhibition opportunities are open to current Tri-State Members. Membership is $35 and $20 for students. Registration will open in June of 2016.

For more information about the conference, visit (www.tristatesculptors.org). Please contact Catherine at 336/873-8291 or e-mail to (catherine@carolinabronze.com) if you have questions about attending or being a vendor for our conference.

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc.

The 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference is being hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture, (www.carolinabronze.com) and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises, (www.starworksnc.org) with support from Tri-State Sculptors, the NC Arts Council, the NC Zoo, the NC Pottery Center, the Randolph Arts Guild and the Seagrove Area Pottery Association.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Features Talks with Korean Potters – June 2, 2016

May 9, 2016

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Please join us for a slide presentation at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on June 2, 2016, by three mid-career Korean potters: Yeon Tae Park, Kyeong Hee Lee, and Jong Pil Kim. The presentation at the Pottery Center will focus on the current work of the Korean potters and their thoughts on traditional and contemporary pottery as well as their apprenticeships in Mungyeong. The Mungyeong potters have learned traditional Korean ways of teaware making from Master Potter and Intangible Living Treasure Cheon Han Bong and are building on those skills to make contemporary creations steeped in traditions.

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

The potters, hosted by Seagrove potters Jeff Brown and Phil Pollet, are visiting local Seagrove studios while participating in East Meets West, an international cultural exchange exhibition being hosted at Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines. That exhibition focuses on Gong Fu tea sets, teapots, tea bowls, and vases. The opening reception for the Campbell House exhibition is Friday, June 3, from 6-8pm.

On Saturday, June 4, potters from Moore County and Seagrove will join the Korean potters at Cambell House Galleries for “Pottery on the Grounds” – a day of demonstrations of traditional techniques and tea making – creating an exciting and enriching day of cultural exchange for potters and the public.

The Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival has invited international potters from Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the US, including Seagrove potter Jeff Brown. For the past four years, Jeff’s pottery has been invited to the Chasabal Festival, and he has given demonstrations to festival visitors, shared his techniques with his international pottery colleagues, fired pots, and visited with area potters there. The Chasabal is the Korean name for the Teabowl used in the traditional tea ceremony which is the focus of the annual spring event. Mungyeong, in central S. Korea, is a popular tourist destination with gorgeous mountain hiking, and a nearby Buddhist Monastery. Mungyeong hosts the pottery festival at MunGyeong SaeJae, a restored Korean Village nestled in the hills and a location often used in movies due to its beauty and uniqueness.

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

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Features Clay Talks! Lecture with Matt Jones – May 5, 2016

April 20, 2016

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Join the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6pm for a slide talk by Matt Jones, a potter based in Leicester, NC, and a participant in NCPC’s current exhibition, “Flower Power: Pottery and Plants.”

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Jones was born in Minnesota but raised in Wilmington, NC, and Charleston, SC. After taking a pottery class in college, he opted to become an art major; after graduation, he served as an apprentice to Todd Piker in Cornwall, CT, and Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, NC. In 1998, Jones built his pottery and kilns in Leicester’s Big Sandy Mush Valley and has been continuously producing work since then. He has several pieces in the Mint Museum’s permanent collection and has participated in shows and exhibitions throughout North Carolina.

“All potters struggle to find a balance between form and function, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Pottery can be a full education. From aesthetics to geology, history, anthropology and philosophy, pottery can lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.,” Jones says. “I am proud to make strong, functional wares out of locally dug clay, walking the tightrope between our cultural past and twenty-first-century tastes. I mine and process most of my own glaze materials and borrow aesthetic concepts and techniques from around the world. My best work is simultaneously humble and dynamic.”

Jones’ slide talk will focus on his work, process, and inspiration. 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!

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.

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.

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks! with Michael Hamlin & Julie Wiggins – April 7, 2016

March 28, 2016

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Join us in Seagrove, NC, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 6pm for a presentation by Michael Hamlin and Julie Wiggins, members of the Thrown Together Potters collective, and participants in North Carolina Pottery Center’s upcoming exhibition, “Flower Power.”

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Michael Hamlin grew up in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH. Early on, Hamlin developed a desire to work with his hands. As an elementary student, he visited the library so often to check out pottery books, the librarians began asking him to consider different subjects. Yet, his fondness for handmade crafts never diminished. In 1987, he bought and installed a kiln in a friend’s basement and taught himself how to hand build, make glazes and fire his work. Hamlin later graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1996.

Hamlin has a great passion for gardening and flower arranging. He uses the plants and flowers he grows as tools of inspiration for designing the vases and bowls he creates. Hamlin says, “My aesthetic is influenced by midcentury modern, Scandinavian design as well as twelfth through fifteenth century Persian ceramics, Sung Dynasty vessels and Japanese Ikebana arrangements. I look at how the vessel will interact in interior settings: Will it detract from the whole interior or will it enhance an environment?”

Originally from Jacksonville, NC, Julie Wiggins graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from East Carolina University. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. Wiggins has nearly a decade of experience as an educator, including courses taught at Clayworks and The McColl Center for Visual Art.

Wiggins’ functional pottery is created in porcelain and glazed in soft grays, greens, blues, and yellows. “As a studio potter, I make objects of enjoyment that strike a balance between uniquely functional forms and narrative design,” she says. Her work features decorative inlay floral designs in dark slip, contrasted against a light porcelain background.

Wiggins has fond memories from growing up, surrounded by warm blue skies, expansive beaches, and bright green farmland. Though her work as a ceramicist has taken her to Europe, Mexico, Morocco, and beyond, she still holds a place in her heart for the easy-going Southern lifestyle.

Hamlin and Wiggins’ slide talks will address their work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentations 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 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org). This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.
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Seagrove, NC, Potters Hold Spring Tea – Mar, 12, 2016

March 8, 2016

Visitors are invited to sample hot and iced teas at participating Seagrove, NC, pottery shops Mar. 12, 2016, from 9am-5pm. Each shop will serve something different and feature select pottery items. Visitors can sample fruity teas and fresh baked goodies. Maps and information will be available at each shop.

Discover your favorite teapot by taking a journey through Seagrove.  Enjoy a tea tasting experience at Blue Hen Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Dean and Martin, From the Ground up, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery and Thomas Pottery.

More information can be found at by calling 336/879-4145 or visit (http://teawithseagrovepotters.webstarts.com/).

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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