Archive for January, 2012

The Potter’s Palette………..A Different Spin on Creativity and Fundraiser for the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Feb. 4, 2012

January 16, 2012

Seagrove, NC……And someone said that making a tile is as close to a painting as a potter can get – how wrong they were!  The NC Pottery Center presents “The Potter’s Palette”, featuring over 80 12” x 12” canvases done by prominent NC clay artists. Clay artists from around the state were invited to produce a canvas using any medium they desired to present a different expression of themselves and their talent, to be sold in a fundraiser to benefit the North Carolina Pottery Center. The results are impressive and are currently on display at the Center in Seagrove.

This rare and unique fundraiser is the first of its kind at the NC Pottery Center. On Feb. 4, 2012, the public will have the opportunity to bid on these palettes and the opportunity to own a canvas created in a medium not used everyday by these outstanding artists. Truly a one-of-a-kind piece to complement any pottery collection! Many of the artists will be featured guests, and there will be several clay creations to complement the canvases available to purchase as well, making it really a one of a kind purchase.

(We’re offering no images of paintings this time – you need to go see them on the NCPC website.)

The canvases are posted on the NC Pottery Center’s website ( and absentee bidding will soon be offered until Feb. 1, 2012, at 4pm, for those who can not attend this special event. The fun and festive event begins at 4pm on Feb. 4, 2012, with live musical entertainment and a delectable buffet featuring an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres from gourmet bites to seafood and cheeses to desserts and much more. Join us for this wonderful spread and a selection of beverages while you preview the collection and register to bid. The exciting auction starts at 5pm.

Participating clay artists include: Rita Abee, Colleen Black Semelka, John Britt, Tammy Leigh Brooks, Jeff Brown, Michele Hastings, Bonnie Burns, Kim Ellington, Mary Farrell, Alexa Modderno, Michelle Flowers, Becca Floyd, Mary Paul and John Garland, Terry Gess, Vicki Gill, Tom Gray, Mark Hewitt, Meredith Heywood, Helene Icard, Tonda Jeffcoat, Fred Johnston, Carol  Genthithes, Matt Jones, Jennie Lorette Keatts, Crystal King, Bruce and Janice Latham, Andrew Linton, Nancy Lovejoy, Dan Lovejoy, Mary Holmes, Michael Mahan, Eck McCanless, Milly McCanless, Fiva McCanless, Beth Gore, Karen Mickler, Lyn Morrow, Vernon Owens, Pam Owens, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Phillip Pollet, Hal and Eleanor Pugh, Joseph Sand, Caroleen Sanders, Barbara Strassberg, Tom Suomalainen, Bobbie Thomas, Doc Welty, Charlotte Wooten, Daphne Cruz Zug, Kyle Carpenter, Seo Eo, Roy Strassberg, Abe Fenberg, Susan McGehee, Levi Mahan, Ben Owen III, LoriAnn Owen, Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson, Daniel  Johnston, Kate Waltman, John Viegland, Alex Matisse, Donna Craven, Susan Greene, Anne Raven Jorgensen, Stephanie Martin, Michael Kline, Cynthia Bringle, and Keith Lambert.

Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 for a pair, and must be purchased in advance.

The North Carolina Pottery Center offers educational opportunities to statewide schools and individuals, changing historical and contemporary exhibitions, demonstrations, and information about statewide potters. The NCPC is a private nonprofit entity, funded primarily through memberships, grants, admissions, and appropriations. The Center is open Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am to 4pm, admission (excluding free special events): $2 – adults, $1 – students 9th through 12th grades, Free – children through 8th grade, free – NCPC members.  Handicap accessible. Groups and tours welcomed.

For further information and details call 336/873-8430, e-mail to ( or visit (

Editor’s Note: The NC Potter Center is a great place to visit if only to learn about pottery, the history of pottery in North Carolina, what kind of pottery is being made in North Carolina today as well as the Seagrove area, but beyond that, it presents important and education exhibitions of pottery – historical and contemporary. It is also a great educational facility for the region’s school students. And because offering all that takes money – lots of money – they need the public’s help to supplement the funding they receive from local, regional, state and national sources. Whether you take part in one of the fundraisers offered, you can always make a donation – on a visit, by mail or on their website. Anything you can do will make a difference.

Plan Now to Attend the 15th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival in Hickory, NC – Mar. 23 and 24, 2012

January 9, 2012

The 15th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival will take place at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC, on March 23 & 24, 2012.

The Friday Night Preview Party will take place Mar. 23, from 7-10pm. The main Festival takes place on Mar. 24, from 9am-5pm.

Preview Party Tickets: $40.00/person (reserve by March 16); Festival Tickets: $6.00/ Adult; and Children 12 and under $2.00. For ticket information or questions call 828/324-7294.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Catawba Valley Historical Association and the North Carolina Pottery Center.

This year, potter Daniel Johnston will speak on his travel experience and apprenticeship with Thailand potters, and how this knowledge has influenced his works. The lecture will be held at 11am, and is included in the Saturday ticket price. An exhibition of pottery complimenting Johnston’s talk will be on display during the Festival on Saturday. The exhibit is called, Committee’s Choice: Pots from the Festival Organizers.

Also on Saturday, in celebration of the Festival’s 15th year, a verbal appraisal event will be presented by noted auction and appraisal experts, Brunk Auctions out of Asheville, N. C.

For further info visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers The Potter’s Palette as Fundraiser – Feb. 4, 2012

January 8, 2012

Although I have not received an official press release on this event yet, I wanted to give those interested in supporting the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, a heads up on this event. I’ve been seeing examples of some of the paintings by potters being offered on Facebook and some are surprising – not that you wouldn’t expect to see such talent from folks who produce such wonderful pots, but that they would be so skilled in other art mediums. I’m not sure I know many painters who could make more than a first grade level ashtray out of clay.

The event dubbed, The Potter’s Palette, will feature 80 paintings by some of NC’s talented potters – all 12″ x 12″, at an auction to be held on Feb. 4, 2012, at the NC Pottery Center. You won’t have an opportunity to bid on such unusual works of art – unless this fundraiser is a big hit, but then you’ll still probably have to wait another year and the participating potters will possibly be a whole different lineup.

I’m offering a few images here, but you can see them all on the NC Pottery Center’s website at (

Work by Bruce Gholson

Work by Meredith Heywood

Work by Dina Wilde Ramsing

Tickets to this event are $15 or 2 for $25 and include live music, a delicious buffet of hors d’oeuvres from gourmet bites to seafood to desserts, the chance to bid in the live auction and an opportunity to purchase some complementary pieces of pottery! Purchase tickets before Jan. 31, 2012.

Work by Levi Mahan

Work by Mary Paul and John Garland

Work by Mark Hewitt

For further info call the Center at 336/873-8430 or visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Feature Mint Museum’s NC Pottery Collection

January 8, 2012

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Collecting North Carolina Pottery for 75 Years, featuring pots from the Mint Museum’s Permanent Collection and local collectors, on view through Jan. 28, 2012, in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name on view at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, on view through Jan. 5, 2013.

The North Carolina Pottery Center celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Mint Museum as an art institution with the special exhibition, Collecting North Carolina Pottery for 75 Years. In this exhibition, the Mint acknowledges the vital role of collectors, past and present, in making its North Carolina pottery collection one of the largest and most important in the country. The exhibition includes both ceramics from the museum’s permanent collection and exceptional loans from local collectors. The objects were carefully selected to represent all the major pottery centers of the state – The Piedmont, Catawba Valley and the mountains are represented, as are most of the state’s family dynasties of potters, such as the Coles, the Cravens, the Owens and the Reinhardts.

More than 75 examples by some of the great potters of the past, including Burlon Craig and Oscar Bachelder, will be on view, as will be wares by some of the most exciting ceramic artists working in North Carolina today.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin 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.

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 further information call the Center at 336/873-8430 or visit (

Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC, Offers Annual Pottery Exhibit

January 8, 2012

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC, is presenting its annual Pottery Show and Sale, in the Upper Gallery at the Center through Jan. 27, 2012.

The exhibit is a place for students to feature their finest work, while allowing the professional potters who teach at BMCA to show the caliber of work they produce privately away from the Clay Studio. Teachers who have taught classes in 2011 and who will have work in the show include Geoff Bird, Will Byers, Charles Freeland, Maureen Joyce, and Annie Singletary.

Works by Charles Freeland

The BMCA Clay Studio, which is housed in the renovated old City Garage adjacent to the Center, is a teaching studio for beginning and intermediate students to learn a variety of techniques in working with clay.  Adult Clay Classes are offered in six-week sessions throughout the year, and classes for teens, kids or families are available on occasion. Classes are purposely kept small in order to allow a better learning process for students, and Open Studio time is included in adult class tuition to allow students time for practice. Independent Study classes are available for experienced potters who need some studio time, but have no plans for production. Under the leadership of the Center’s Executive Director, Gale Jackson, the studio’s everyday operations are under the supervision of Studio Manager, potter Charles Freeland.

For further information call the Center at 828/669-0930 or visit (

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Presents Pottery Collection

January 8, 2012

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, is presenting the exhibit, A Thriving Tradition: 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery, on view at Mint Museum Randolph through Jan. 5, 2013.

One year after the Mint Museum opened, four pieces of pottery by Benjamin Wade Owen, a principal potter at Jugtown, were gifted to the museum. These objects were the beginning of the museum’s North Carolina pottery collection, which has now grown to more than 2,100 examples that includes objects that range from the last quarter of the eighteenth century to the first decades of the twenty-first. All of the major pottery centers of the state – the Piedmont, Catawba Valley, the mountains – are represented, as are most of the state’s family dynasties of potters, such as the Coles, the Cravens, and the Reinhardts.

Burlon Craig, American, 1914-2002, Face Jug, ca. 1978, stoneware.
Gift of Daisy Wade Bridges.

More than 100 examples of the Mint’s pottery collection and on display in this  exhibition. The exhibition features work by 75 potters and is offered as a part of the museum’s celebration of its 75th anniversary as a public art institution, the oldest one in North Carolina.

The Mint Museum’s pottery collection was developed in large part because of the passion, connoisseurship, and generosity of key collectors of North Carolina pottery.

Some of these collectors adopted an encyclopedic approach to their collecting efforts, acquiring examples of pottery from all of the key pottery regions in the state. Other museum patrons preferred a more specialized strategy, focusing their collecting efforts on a specific potter or a particular type of ware. Regardless of their individual interests, all of these collectors contributed enormously to the depth and breadth of the museum’s North Carolina pottery collection as it exists today. The exhibition pays tribute to these ceramics enthusiasts by putting on view notable works from their respective collections.

In addition to works from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes many objects borrowed from local collectors. By continuing to acquire works made by North Carolina potters, contemporary collectors help to ensure that the state’s most important craft tradition remains vibrant. The loans on view illustrate the tremendous variety of objects being collected by current enthusiasts of the craft.

One final key aspect of the exhibition is that it runs concurrently, or at least partially, at the Mint Museum Randolph and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC. Both institutions feature works that range from the early nineteenth century to today, represent the major pottery regions of the state, and include items from the Mint’s permanent collection and loans. This exhibition represents the inaugural collaboration between the North Carolina Pottery Center and the Mint Museum. The exhibition will be on view at the NC Pottery Center through Jan. 28 2012.

This exhibit was organized by Brian Gallagher, Mint Curator of Decorative Arts.

In addition to A Thriving Tradition, the Mint is proud to offer the following programming that supports the exhibition: On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, from 6:30-7:30pm – Lecture and Pottery Demonstration, Mint Museum Randolph, Education Classroom – The Black History of Face Jugs, with Jim McDowell, “The Black Potter”.

On Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012, 6:30-7:30pm – Panel Discussion, Mint Museum Randolph, Van Every Auditorium – Collecting North Carolina Pottery: The Early Years, with Daisy Wade Bridges, Allen Huffman, William Ivey, and Charles G. Zug III.

With over 200,000 visitors each year, The Mint Museum is comprised of two dynamic facilities: the newly opened Mint Museum Uptown and the historic Mint Museum Randolph. As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, The Mint Museum offers its visitors a remarkable opportunity to experience art through two facilities that feature a global collection of over 33,000 objects spanning over 4,500 years of human creativity.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, the Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood. Today, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, historic costume and fashionable dress, European, African, and Asian art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop.

For further info call 704/337-2000 or visit  (

College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Aggie Zed – Jan. 21, 2012

January 7, 2012

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA) at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, is proud to present Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep, featuring new works by Virginia-based artist Aggie Zed. The exhibit will be on view from Jan. 21 through Mar. 10, 2012. A reception will be held on Jan. 20, from 5-7pm. A gallery walk-through with the artist will be held within the Halsey’s galleries on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2pm. Keeper’s Keep will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation at the Halsey Institute.

The exhibition comprises of sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, SC, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, VA, where she lives and works today.

Zed’s studio practice is eclectic and varied. Often starting with images from her sketchbook, she may develop some of these concepts into paintings and others into sculptural tableaux or installations. Her subject matter is nothing less than the sum of human civilization, with an emphasis on man’s relationship to the animal kingdom. Human and animal figures collide with furniture or landscapes; rabbits sprout wheels or wings, while horses drown in collapsing scaffolding. Zed’s dreamscape narratives probe the inner reaches of the subconscious mind.

Although Zed’s work derives much of its meaning from literary associations, her imagery teems with invention and startling leaps of imagination. Her visual poetry conjures a world in which logic and rationality take a comfortable backseat. Human foibles and impulses are placed in the foreground and though she works in different media, her conceptual approach remains consistent throughout.

The paintings are rendered in mixed media on paper. They depict humans and/or animals, often located within a domestic space or farmyard. There may be references to dinosaurs seen from the windows or other anachronistic details. Mirrors, doorways, and framed artwork on the walls become portals to other realms. Animals play the role of participant observers to the human drama. They are depicted variously as companions, sages, sources of amusement, means of transportation, and foils to daily tasks.

The sculptural and installation works are complex tableaux that illuminate aspects of the human saga. Sculptural works that the artist calls “scrap floats” appear as if in some sort of cosmic procession, enacting scenes that are at once strange yet familiar. The collision of disparate materials and elements in these works mirrors the beauty and fragility of the human condition.

Derived from the title of one of the artist’s works, Keeper’s Keep alludes to British usage of the term “keeper” for “curator,” and plays on the double meaning of “keep” as both noun and verb. Zed is a storyteller whose works take us out of our consensual reality and into a world filled with absurdity, ambiguity, and the gifts of artistic imagination.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located on the campus of the College of Charleston, on the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip Streets. HICA offers a comprehensive contemporary arts program that is committed to providing a direct experience with art works in various media, in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and learning. The Halsey Institute serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College of Charleston and as a cultural resource for the region by producing exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website. In addition, the Halsey Institute seeks to foster meaningful partnerships with local organizations in order to further the reach of contemporary art within the Charleston community. Admission into the galleries and to most programs is free with the public encouraged to attend.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Institute at 843/953-4422 or visit (

Welcome to the Carolina Clay Resource Directory Blog

January 7, 2012

Last year when we set up the Carolina Clay Resource Directory website, we did it with some now obsolete software.  We got so busy with the electronic version of Carolina Arts that we weren’t able to keep it updated.  This blog format will be easier to bring you information about pottery exhibits and related activities.  The website still carries the information about contacts for potters, etc. that we collected (  You will find all new information on current events on this blog, and not on the website.