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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.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series, Featuring Daniel Johnston – Jan. 16, 2015

January 6, 2015

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On Jan. 16, 2015, from 7-9pm, join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, for a slide lecture by Seagrove potter Daniel Johnston.

Johnston is a wood-firing potter who has been making pots for more than 20 years and is increasingly well known for his large jars. During his presentation, he will talk about his work and travels. His travels have taken him to England, where he worked with earthenware potter Clive Bowen, and Thailand to study large jar making techniques. Johnston also apprenticed with Mark Hewitt, and now continues to bring on apprentices at his Pottery in Seagrove. Johnston has also taught workshops around the country, including the Penland School of Craft, and was recently chosen as a McCandless Scholar at Eastern Michigan University.

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

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.

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

Bulldog Pottery and Many More Potteries in Seagrove, NC, Offer Holiday Kiln Opening – Dec. 13 & 14, 2014

December 9, 2014

Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC, will offer its One more Hurrah Holiday Kiln Opening – Dec. 13, 2014, from 10am – 5pm, at 3306 US Hwy. 220 Alt. Seagrove, NC. Look for the big blue water tower at the beginning of their driveway.

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For further info about the One more Hurrah Holiday Kiln Opening  call 336/302-3469 or 910/428-9728.

Visit other the Seagrove potteries offering special holiday kiln openings including: Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Latham’s Pottery, Dean and Martin Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Studio Touya, From the Ground Up – Pottery by Michael Mahan, Windsong Pottery, Michèle Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, Westmoore Pottery, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Hickory Hill Pottery, and Lufkin Pottery

For more info about these potteries visit (http://www.discoverseagrove.com/).

The 7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters Takes Place in Seagrove, NC – Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

November 16, 2014

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The Celebration of Seagrove Potters kicks off the weekend with an exciting and festive Friday night Gala event and ends with a special Sunday surprise!

The Gala is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. Featuring a catered reception, live music and the popular “Seagrove Collaborative Auction” – artists from different potteries working together to make one-of-a-kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove, NC!

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Works by Ben Owen III

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Works from Bulldog Pottery

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Work by Carol Gnetithes

The 7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is Nov. 21 – 23, 2014. Seagrove potters have been working for months in preparation for this big event. This year’s Celebration features 56 Seagrove pottery shops and more than 100 authentic Seagrove artists. The Celebration, held in the historic Luck’s Cannery on NC Highway 705 in Seagrove, is one of the most spectacular pottery events in North Carolina. Approximately 5,000 people visit each year throughout the weekend.

The Friday Night Gala, Nov. 21, provides customers the opportunity to preview all the pottery available and to be first in line to purchase. Additionally, they enjoy live music and meet and greet with Seagrove potters during the catered reception. This year the menu features local restaurant, “Something Different” of Asheboro, NC, “Bold Music” of Charlotte, NC, and festive beverages from “Four Saints Brewery” of Asheboro. Ticket information is available at (http://www.celebrationofseagrovepotters.com/index.html). Tickets for the Gala are $45 in advance purchase here. The Gala ticket price also includes Saturday and Sunday admission to the Celebration. Event tickets can be purchased at the door for $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.

The collaborative auction is an extremely exciting aspect of the Gala. The auction offers the rare opportunity to bid on special pots created by two or more potters working together. These unique pots showcase each individual’s talent, creating one of the most diverse and exceptional groupings of highly collectable pots available. Among the collaborations are works by:

* Jennie Lorette Keatts and Pam Owens – JLK Jewelry at Jugtown and Jugtown

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* Eck McCanless and Frank Neef – Eck McCanless Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef

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* Eck McCanless and Will McCanless – Eck McCanless Pottery and McCanless Pottery

* Zeke McCanless and Will McCanless – Dover Pottery and McCanless Pottery

* Keith Martindale and Matthew Kelly – Keith Martindale Pottery and Matthew F. Kelly Pottery

* Eck McCanless and Frank Neef – Eck McCanless Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef

* Michael Mahan and Michele Hastings – From the Ground Up Pottery and Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown Pottery

* Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown – Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown Pottery

* Fred Johnston and Bruce Gholson – Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery and Bulldog Pottery

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* Sid Luck and Stacy Lambert – Luck’s Ware and Stacy Lambert Pottery

* Chad Brown and Ryan McKay – Chad Brown Pottery and McKay Pottery

* Ben Owen and David Stuempfle – Ben Owen Pottery and David Stuempfle Pottery

* Tom Gray and Anne Partna – Tom Gray Pottery and Blue Hen Pottery

* Frank Neef and Paul Ray – Pottery by Frank Neef and Ray Pottery

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters can be followed on Facebook. Potters regularly post updates and photos of what they have been working on. Check in regularly for updates on many more works in progress and to enter fantastic contests.

The Celebration continues Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9am to 5pm, and Nov. 23, from 10am to 4pm. Saturday visitors will have the opportunity to bid on special pots donated for the silent auction, which takes place from 1 to 3pm. We have a very special surprise for our Sunday customers. The stage will be set up featuring Seagrove Potter musicians Eck McCanless of Eck McCanless Pottery and Michael Mahan of From the Ground Up Pottery providing lively entertainment from 1 to 3pm. Festive beverages will also be available.

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Works from Donna Craven Pottery

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Works from Great White Oak Gallery

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Works from Jugtown Pottery

Seagrove potters will demonstrate throughout the weekend. This year’s demonstrators include Eck McCanless, Michael Mahan, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, David Fernandez, Morgan Hatfield, Jared Zehmer, Patrick Rowe, and Matthew Kelly. Children are encouraged to attend with two booths designed with them in mind. In one, children have the opportunity to explore their creativity with hands-on activities. The other features donated pots that only children can purchase, priced from $1 to $5. The proceeds benefit art programs in local schools.

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Work by Sid Luck of Luck’s Ware Pottery

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Work by Peder Wilhelm McCanless

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Works from Ray Pottery

We work hard to provide the best for our customers and great food is on the top of our list. There is a large tent with ample seating and tables outside as well as an inside break room set-up if the weather is less than perfect. The food vendors include:
Taco Truck – Fresh, authentic Mexican food made to order.

Pacific Rim Noodles -Flavorful veggies and noodles.

Marco Enterprises – Traditional fair food including Philly Cheese Steak, Sausage, Peppers and Onions and juicy Hamburgers.

Boy Scout Troop 61 – Hot Dogs with all the trimmings, chips and sodas.

The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, a community that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery. Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 56 shops, are participating this year.

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Works from Seagrove Stoneware

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Works from Whynot Pottery

Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel & Kate Johnston, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McCanless, McKay, McNeill’s, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Southern Spirits, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, and Windsong.

The Celebration appreciates the support of the following sponsors: Life 103.1, Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, Starworks, Wet Dog Glass, Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, First Bank, Our State Magazine, NC Zoo Society, Stan Beck Insurance, Carolina Arts, Flowers on Main, Village Printing, Carolina Pharmacy, James Upton Accounting, Randolph Hospital, Asheboro Elastics, Insurance Associates of the Triad, Toms’ Creek Nursery and Century Link.

For further information visit (http://www.celebrationofseagrovepotters.com/index.html).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Presents Monthly Lecture Series, Featuring John Jessiman, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

November 10, 2014

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John Jessiman, Founder and Director, Cub Creek Foundation, Appamattox, VA, will present a slide show and talk about his work as a potter, sculptor, and educator, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Regarding his own work, Jessiman says, “Throughout my career I have avoided the divisive aesthetic arguments related to “Art vs Craft” and “vessel vs sculpture” but have been interested in the ceramic process as a means to manifest ideas, create form and to invest work with life  and energy. The pursuit is to expand the boundaries of conventional perceptions.”

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John Jessiman

This on-going lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the center.

Jessiman will also discuss his work as founder and director of the Cub Creek Foundation, a non-profit studio and residency dedicated to the advancement of the ceramic arts. The mission of The Foundation is to support the artistic, aesthetic and technical development of artists through an Artist Residency, offering studio space, kilns and housing for up to 6 residents.

Come on out and join us for a fun and informative evening!

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Lindsey Lambert, executive director, says, “The monthly lecture series enables us to offer more educational programs which help us better fulfill our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public and potters to enjoy an evening of NC pottery education and entertainment. ”

Future topics of the series include; Regional and National Ceramic Artists, Curators and Authors. A more detailed schedule will be posted shortly.

Schedule: 7pm to 9pm, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

Meet & Greet from 7-8pm, a social hour, with a slide presentation to follow.

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

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 (www.ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

Cady Clay Works Gallery Gala Takes Place in Seagrove, NC – Nov. 8, 2014

October 29, 2014

Cady Clay Works Gallery Gala will take place Nov. 8, 2014, from 9am – 5pm, in Seagrove, NC. Potters John Mellage and Beth Gore will debut over 700 new wood-fired pottery creations and special guest Ellen Greer will join the Gala with her oil drawings, abstractions inspired by the textures of fruits and vegetables.

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The 21st firing of the “anagama” wood kiln produced pots with amazing surface colors and textures. Wood ash drips, flame patterns and soda glaze texture are serendipitously deposited on the pottery as the pieces are decorated at the whim of the kiln. A wide variety of pieces, from pots to enhance food preparation and dining to decorative vases and whimsical owls are part of this year’s treasures.

John and Beth are thrilled to have artist Ellen Greer join their Open House. Greer will bring original works as well as smaller reproductions printed on aluminum. It’s a technique that highlights the gorgeous colors and visual textures in her designs.

Greer taught High School Art in Asheboro, NC, for 11 years before joining the NC Zoo staff, serving as Curator of Design for 27 years. Under her direction the zoo became a showplace for environmentally-themed artwork and design. Since her retirement, she has enjoyed being able to spend more time on her own artwork, developing the wonderful “Culinary Images” series. Preview her work at (www.ellengreerart.com).

The annual Open House gives the artists time to visit with customers, explain the inspiration and techniques behind their work, and share new designs. Refreshments will be served – come join the fun!

Cady Clay Works is located on Busbee Road in the Westmoore community south of Seagrove. Gala hours are 9am to 5pm.

For more information or directions call 910/464-5661 or go to (www.cadyclayworks.com).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Presents Monthly Lecture Series, Starting Oct. 17, 2014

October 8, 2014

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This on-going lecture series will be facilitated by Josh Floyd, the new Artist-in-Residence at the center. Floyd comes to the center with a Bachelor of Arts with Art Concentration from Fairmont State University in West Virginia, and he has been making pots for over ten years. He studied for two years as an Artist-in-Residence at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, and has worked two years as a studio and gallery assistant for Smicksburg Pottery in Pennsylvania. He has also been a studio assistant at the Penland School of Craft. Before accepting the position as the North Carolina Pottery Center’s AiR, he was working for the Laguna Clay Company in Byesville, OH, testing clays and glazes. “The goal of these talks is to engage the local pottery community and help to foster networking opportunities with presenters and the audience, while exposing the local artists and the community to influences outside of our region,” according to Josh.

Lindsey Lambert, executive director, says, “Having Josh as our new AiR is literally a breath of fresh air. He will enable us to offer more educational programs and workshops, things which help us better fulfill our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public and potters to meet out new Artist in Residence and enjoy an evening of NC pottery education and entertainment. ”

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Fred Johnston

The first potter to present in this series is Seagrove potter Fred Johnston. Johnston is a well-known, lively personality and story teller. According to him, “As a potter I will talk about developing and creating an ongoing vision for my work. Being an art museum junkie, I recently visited the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco which has the most comprehensive collection of Asian ceramics in the western world. I photographed many examples that will be presented as well as other cultural influences.”

Future topics of the series include; Regional and National Ceramic Artists, Curators and Authors. A more detailed schedule will be posted shortly.

Fred Johnston learned to make pots in the Seagrove area in the 1980’s. Working odd jobs around the different potteries, he worked for many of the old Seagrove pottery families: Owen, Teague, Chrisco, and McCanless. This experience was the catalyst for Johnston’s commitment and passion to the pottery vernacular, which turned into an adventure and education. After attending Montgomery Community College, Johnston went on to attend the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University where he received a BFA with honors and then a MFA from the College of Art & Architecture at Penn State University. He was artist in resident at Arrowmont School of Arts in Tennessee, the Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China and  ArtLink in Tallin, Estonia. In 1997. Johnston and his wife Carol Gentithes established Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery in Seagrove, NC, where they presently make and sell their work. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Pottery Center, the Hermitage Museum and Mint Museum.

Schedule: 7 to 9pm, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Meet & Greet from 7 to 8pm, a social hour, with a slide presentation to follow.

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

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 (www.ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.


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