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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.

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.

Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove, NC, Receives $50,000 REAP Grant for Green Energy

June 7, 2015

Carolina Bronze Sculpture, in Seagrove, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, has recently received a Rural Energy for America Program Grant for $50,000. This grant will help fund solar panels and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. The solar panels will generate over 75% of the current electrical usage and the geothermal project will heat and cool over half of the facility. An added bonus will be the pond used for the geothermal system. It will do double duty as a sculpture park and walking trail.  Anticipated completion is December, 2015. 

Carolina Bronze is dedicated to being environmentally responsible. Recycling and reusing materials is done as often as possible. “This grant will help continue our commitment to the environment and provide a sculpture park and trail that can be used by the community and visitors to the Seagrove area. This has been a dream of mine since I first built the foundry on this property 20 years ago. I am elated that it is finally becoming a reality,” says Ed Walker, owner. An additional pond with more sculpture and trails are in the planning stages.

The Rural Energy for America Program is sponsored by the USDA Rural Development Department. It offers small businesses in rural areas grants and loans to help pay for energy efficient and renewable energy projects. Area Specialist, Lynn Straughan, guided Carolina Bronze through the grant writing procedure. Carolina Bronze will be working with The RED Group from Lewisville, NC, (www.redgroupnc.com) who will be providing the solar panel array and Comfort South from Biscoe, NC, (www.comfortsouth.com) who will be installing the geothermal system.  

Carolina Bronze Sculpture is a premier fine arts foundry serving artists, architects, museums and non-profits throughout the United States and abroad. We specialize in bronze casting and fabrication, using both traditional techniques and in-house, state of the art digital tools which include high resolution 3D scanning and enlarging, CNC machining, rapid prototyping, 3D modeling and animation tools, and reverse engineering CAD. 

For further info visit our website at (www.carolinabronze.com).

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.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Slideshow Presentation by Judith Duff – Mar. 8, 2015

February 28, 2015

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On Sunday, Mar. 8, 2015, the North Carolina Pottery Center, located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC, will be open to the public from 12:30-4:30pm. From 2-2:45pm, in conjunction with the NC Potter’s Conference put on by the Randolph Arts Guild, Judith Duff of Brevard, NC, will be giving a presentation here at the North Carolina Pottery Center relating her journey as a potter and the significant influence of the Japanese aesthetic and pottery on her work. She will discuss her several trips to Japan, the grant she received to replicate traditional Japanese Shinos, and the various kilns she has built and still fires.

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Duff also guest curated the center’s current exhibition, “Quiet Inspiration: Japanese Influence on North Carolina Potters,” which runs through May 16, 2015. Duff states, “As a potter profoundly influenced by my own study in Japan, it has been deeply gratifying to curate an event celebrating that same vital impact on my fellow North Carolina potters, many already shaped by a two hundred year tradition of the state’s traditional ceramic art. It is a joy to bring to you a show exploring the rich depth and breadth that occurs when two great traditions become entwined.”

Twenty-three potters from across the state have works in this exhibition.

Featured Artists include: Tacy Apostolik, Cynthia Bringle, Josh Copus, Adrienne Dellinger, Judith Duff, Susan Filley, Warner Hyde, Fred Johnston, Matt Kelleher, Eric Knoche, Jan Lee, Linda McFarling, Reiko Miyagi, Ben Owen III, Ron Philbeck, Akira Satake, Jason Serres, Michael Sherrill, Hitomi Shibata, Takuro Shibata, David Stuempfle, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, and Shoko Teruyama.

Many of the outstanding pieces by the highly recognized artists featured in this exhibition will be available for purchase. Any pieces purchased must remain in the exhibition until its takedown date, May 18.

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., 10am – 4pm.

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

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Presents Monthly Lecture Series – Feb. 20, 2015

January 30, 2015

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Charlie Tefft will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, for the February installment of the Monthly Slide Lecture Series on Feb. 20, 2015, from 7-9pm. 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.

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Charlie Tefft

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.

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

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.


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