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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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Seagrove, NC, Area Potters Hold November Gallery Tour – Nov. 21 and 22, 2015

November 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: Although there will be two pottery festivals taking place this same weekend in the Seagrove area, these potteries will be offing visitors an individual experience. I might suggest the stop at the NC Pottery Center in “downtown” Seagrove where you can probably get a map of area potteries to help you locate these potteries.

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Works from Dover Pottery

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Works from Whynot Pottery

Seventeen Seagrove, NC, area pottery shops welcome you to their individual galleries with special holiday shopping hours the weekend before Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, from 9am-5pm and Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, from 11am-4pm.

Rescue your holiday spirit from crowds and noise with a beautiful country drive and support your local stores and artisans. Meet the potters and peruse the new designs that the artists have spent all summer creating. Some shops will have holiday decorations, refreshments and tours. There is no charge for this event.

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Work by Will McCanless

Participating Potteries include:
Chrisco, Cady Clay Works, Cagle Road, Dover, Frogtown*, Humble Mill, Jugtown, McCanless, McCanless Downton, Moore*, O’Quinn, Smith, Thomas, Tom Gray, Walton’s, Westmoore* and Whynot.  (*Saturday only)

For more information call 910/464-5661 or 336/879-2600.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series, Featuring Susan Feagin – Nov. 13, 2015

October 30, 2015

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Please join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, for a slide lecture by Susan Feagin, the Clay Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts. Feagin will be discussing her own work and her work up at Penland.

Come on out and join us for a fun evening! A potluck at 7-8pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by slide lecture at 8-9pm.

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Pottery Center.

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

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

Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, NC, Offers Fall Open House – Nov. 7, 2015

October 30, 2015

John Mellage and Beth Gore, of Cady Clay Works, have hundreds of new creations in the works for their annual Open House to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, from 9am-5pm.  It’s always an opportunity for customers to see the season’s one-of-a-kind pieces.  This year the large wood kiln is undergoing repairs, so the smaller glaze kilns are being fired several times.  “We’ll probably still be unloading the day before the Open House” said Beth.

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New pottery designs, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, feature new glaze combinations as well as some re-visited combinations from the past 28 years.

Guest potter Bob Brotherton from the NC mountains has prepared a new kiln load of his beautiful serving pieces for the event.

Gin Wall of Asheboro has discovered her creative self after retiring as Horticulture Curator of the NC Zoo.  She will be joining the festivities with felted sculptures, greeting cards, handmade boxes and other designs.

Be sure to visit the “aquarium” wall, full of wooden fish hanging racks made from recycled materials by Lisa Richman of Southern Pines.

Take a drive through the beautiful Carolina countryside to peruse the new creations, visit with the artists and enjoy some delicious refreshments.  John and Beth thank all their customers for supporting local artists!

For further information call 910/464-5661 or visit (www.cadyclayworks.com).

Seagrove, NC, Potters Help Raise Thousands for Local Charities

October 13, 2015

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The generosity of Seagrove, NC’s potters has helped raise countless dollars for local charities over the years, including thousands of dollars in the past month for the First Health Hospice Foundation of Moore County, the North Carolina Friends of the Zoo and the North Carolina Pottery Center.

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Work by Frank Neef

Nearly twice a week someone with a clipboard or flier approaches a Seagrove potter, asking for a donation for their cause. More often than not, they leave with a handmade work of art to raise money at auction. Requests for contributions come by mail, e-mail and phone, as well as, in person. Everything from school fall fundraisers, fire department dinners and churches trying to raise funds for someone who is suffering a disaster use pottery donations to help generate money.

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Work by Carol Gentithes

“Potter’s are generally good people. We try to be good citizens and support our community,” said Frank Neef, vice-president of the Seagrove Area Potters Association. ”Many potters gave a piece of work to all three events. You would be hard pressed to find a single potter in Seagrove that hasn’t donated their work to one of many good causes. The generosity of our community of potters makes me very proud.”

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Works by Eck McCanless

Last month, three major fundraising events took place during the same week that used a pottery auction as a key component to their efforts. The First Health Hospice Foundation of Moore County has relied on the Seagrove potters since 1996 to provide work for its annual event. At the September 24 fundraiser, pottery by Will McCanless, Frank Neef, Fred Johnson, Carol Gentithes and many more Seagrove potters helped to raise several thousand dollars to support Hospice and palliative care for patients in Moore and Montgomery counties. To date the Hospice Pottery Auction has raise $1.6 million in net proceeds.

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Work by Will McCanless

“Zoo To Do,” the major annual fundraiser for the North Carolina Friends of the Zoo was held September 26. Seagrove potters contributed many pieces of art for both a silent and live auctions. The works of Phil Morgan, Donna Craven, Michael and Levi Mahan, and Eck McCanless alone brought in over $12,000 to help fund programs at the NC Zoo.

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Work by Phil Morgan

The North Carolina Pottery Center held its annual “Going, Going, Gone” pottery auction September 26 at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Raleigh. This auction is supported by potters from all over the state, but Seagrove was more than well represented, with 32 potters contributing work for both the live and silent auctions. The pottery of Daniel and Kate Johnston, Ben Owens III, Chad Brown, David Stuempfle, and Pam, Vernon and Travis Owens of Jugtown raised over $7,500, half of the amount raised from Seagrove potters, to support the pottery center’s efforts to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

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Work by Levi Mahan

The Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote, publicize and market the Seagrove Area Pottery Community and its tradition; to develop partnerships within the community with civic, cultural and governmental organizations; to develop and implement programs such as the upcoming Celebration of Seagrove Potters, November 20-22, 2015 and activities for the membership and to develop educational events and activities that assist in promoting the Seagrove Area Pottery Community.

For more information, visit (www.DiscoverSeagrove.com).

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

September 11, 2015

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

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

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Work by Doc Welty

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Work by Ezekiel “Zeke” McCanless

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Work by Jeannie Lorette Keatts

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

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

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Work by Julie Jones

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Work by Kate Johnston

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

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

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

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Work by Kay Bevan

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Work by William and Pam Kennedy

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm.

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

Several Seagrove, NC, Potteries Offer Tea with Seagrove Potters – Sept. 5, 2015

August 22, 2015

Treat yourself to a day filled with tea tastings, refreshments and special featured pottery on Sept. 5, 2015, from 9am-5pm, in Seagrove, NC.

At Thomas Pottery enjoy homemade treats served on our handmade pottery, paired with a scrumptious iced tea. Come be inspired with recipes and ideas for your next gathering with family and friends.

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Works from Thomas Pottery

Join us in a gallery crawl, as we partner with Blue Hen, Dean & Martin, Eck McCanless, From the Ground Up and Pottery Road in a pottery crawl.

Blue Hen Pottery, 247 West Main Street, Seagrove NC, 336/653-9551 or at (www.bluehenpottery.com)

Eck McCanless Pottery, 6077 Old US Hwy. 220, Seagrove, NC, 336/873-7412 or at (www.eckmccanless.webs.com)

Dean & Martin Pottery, 7739 Nathan Lane, Seagrove, NC, 336/879-0683 or at (www.deanandmartinpottery.com)

From the Ground Up, 172 Crestwood Rd., Robbins, 910/464-6228 or at (www.fromthegrounduppots.com)

Thomas Pottery, 1295 S. NC Highway 705, Seagrove, NC, 336/879-4145 or at (www.thomaspottery.com)

Pottery Road Studio and Gallery, 1387 NC Hwy. 705 South, 6 miles from Seagrove, NC, 910/464-2608 or at (https://www.facebook.com/potteryroad)

Visit our website for further info at (http://teawithseagrovepotters.webstarts.com/).

NC Artist Ed Walker Installs 9’ Tall Sculpture in Durham, NC

August 8, 2015

Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, located in Seagrove, NC, recently fabricated and installed a sheet aluminum sculpture for artist and owner, Ed Walker. The piece titled “Balancing Time” was installed at the REALM Patterson Place Apartments in Durham, NC, for the Bainbridge Companies.

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Once the metal was cut, the sculpture was welded together, with structural supports added inside. Stains were added to the surface to color the metal. “This is a great way to get the look of a bronze sculpture without the expense”, Ed said.

Ed Walker, is originally from Burlington, NC. After graduating from East Carolina University with a BFA degree in Sculpture in 1975, he attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, obtaining his MFA in Sculpture in 1979. Walker moved to New Orleans in 1980 and began doing metal fabrication for the well known kinetic sculptor, Lin Emery. In 1982, he started teaching sculpture at Tulane University, where he remained for 5 years until opening a small foundry in his studio in New Orleans. Walker returned to North Carolina in 1989 and founded Carolina Bronze Sculpture. The foundry was originally located in Asheboro, NC, and relocated to it’s present facility in Seagrove, NC, in 1994. Walker has continued to create his own sculpture and is currently accepting commissions for sculpture.

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).


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