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

August 29, 2016


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.”

Work by Tom Suomalainen

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

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

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

A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Emily Lassiter, the Educational Program Manager at the Pottery Center.

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

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


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 (, or find us on Facebook.