Archive for July, 2012

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives Z. Smith Reynolds Grant

July 18, 2012

The Board of Directors and Staff, on behalf of our Membership, are pleased to announce that the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, has been awarded a grant from the Zachary Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.  This special grant for $65,000 will be distributed over a two-year period and will serve as the core support for the installation of a new executive director.

The NCPC is very excited about this opportunity to begin a nationwide search for a new museum director. This is a remarkable accomplishment for the NCPC given the present economic climate. By finding the NCPC worthy of this financial award, the Trustees of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc., have demonstrated their confidence in the museum to bring stability and economic development to the pottery communities of our state. In keeping with the mission of the NCPC, to promote and preserve our state’s continuing pottery traditions, this grant will bring us the leadership required to move it forward into new partnerships, resource sharing, increased educational offerings, greater exposure, on-going exciting exhibitions, workshops, and off-site events.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc., was founded in 1936 and named as a memorial for the youngest son of the founder, R. J. Reynolds. In 1951 the foundation was increased by a trust from the uncle, William Neal Reynolds.   The Foundation, now comprised of the income from the ZSR Trust and the W. N. Reynolds Trust, has distributed grants to recipients of all 100 North Carolina counties, totaling more than $493 million. The NCPC is very honored to be one of the latest recipients of this prestigious award. This endorsement will provide the NCPC with valuable standing as it approaches a new future of vigorous partnerships targeted towards the promotion and preservation of our pottery and 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.

Also, don’t forget the Pottery Center will be hosting its 13th Annual Auction, “Going, Going, Gone to Pots,” on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough, NC. This year there will be an unprecedented, star-studded, pre-auction supper, called, “Fill Your Plate,” with food prepared by several of the Triangle’s best chefs, and served on plates made by North Carolina potters. You can read all about it at this link.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or go to (




W. M. Hewitt Pottery in Pittsboro, NC, Announces Summer Kiln Opening – Aug. 18-26, 2012

July 11, 2012

W. M. Hewitt Pottery in Pittsboro, NC, home to Mark Hewitt, will hold a Summer Kiln Opening from Aug. 18 -26, 2012.

The schedule includes:

Saturday, Aug. 18, 8-8:50am – Kiln Opening Preview (a chance to view the pots before the sale)

Saturday, Aug. 18,  9am-5pm – Kiln Opening Sale, with pottery throwing demonstrations from 2-4pm.

Sunday, Aug. 19,  noon-5pm; Saturday Aug. 25,  9am-5pm; and Sunday, Aug. 26,  noon-5pm – general sale.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Mark is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturers. As a student at Bristol University in the early 1970’s, Mark read Bernard Leach’s “A Potter’s Book,” and decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager. This decision led to a three-year apprenticeship with Michael Cardew, and later another with Todd Piker in Connecticut, where Mark met his wife, Carol.

In 1983 they moved to Pittsboro, NC, and set up their pottery. Mark built a very large wood kiln and began making the distinctive functional pots for which he is known, specializing in very large planters and jars, along with finely made smaller items. He uses local clays and blends the different North Carolinian folk traditions together into a contemporary style that has attracted a sizeable following.

His work has been featured in the Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine, he has written extensively in the ceramic press, and he has exhibited in London, New York and Tokyo, as well as throughout the US. He is well-represented in museum and private collections.

W. M. Hewitt Pottery is located at 424 Johnny Burke Road in Pittsboro, NC.

For further information call 919/542-2371, e-mail to ( or visit (

Claymakers Gallery in Durham, NC, Features Works by Luba Sharapan, Erik Haagensen, and Dow Redcorn

July 10, 2012

Claymakers Gallery in Durham, NC, will present the exhibit,  ALTnRDU: New Ceramic Work by Luba Sharapan, Erik Haagensen, and Dow Redcorn, on view from July 20 through Sept. 15, 2012. A reception will be held on July 20, from 6-9pm.

Claymakers is very excited to present the work of Decatur, GA, potters Luba Sharapan, Erik Haagensen, and Dow Redcorn.  Haagensen and Sharapan own Mudfire Studio, and Redcorn creates his work in this great community based ceramics studio.

Work by Luba Sharapan

Sharapan’s straightforward forms, with floral decals and encaustic like surfaces are very unique and painterly, but still carry a great design for functionality and daily use.

Works by Erik Haagensen

Haagensen is known for his kooky drawings of critters, monsters, and aliens which occupy, overrun, and sometimes threaten rebellion against his no nonsense stoneware forms.

Works by Dow Redcorn

Redcorn’s intricately carved and textured pots are inspired by the forest and his Native American heritage, and each pot is imbued with extreme tactility and a story to tell.

Claymakers is a non-profit educational arts organization that promotes the joy of working with clay. It is also an arts community dedicated to pottery and the clay arts. The only ceramics center of its kind in the Triangle, Claymakers brings together students, potters and clay artists from Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Pittsboro, and the surrounding areas.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/530-8355 or visit (

6th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational in Spruce Pine, NC, is set for Oct. 13-14, 2012

July 5, 2012

The Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational is a weekend sale featuring 30 ceramic artists from Mitchell and Yancey Counties in NC and attracts several thousand people to the region each year. “Visitors enjoy seeing an artist’s studio, but at this special gathering you can meet many more artists in one afternoon than you otherwise are able during a studio tour,” says Toe River Arts Council Executive Director Denise Cook.

One participant most definitely worth meeting is Cynthia Bringle, who is as much a fixture in Western North Carolina’s mountains as the tucked away hollers themselves. “I make work because I love doing it and because of the pleasure I get from people telling me they use my work every day,” says Bringle, a North Carolina Living Treasure. Regarded as one of the most influential artists in her field, Bringle has kept a studio and home in Penland since 1970, where she works on her signature goblets, turtle vases, vessel sinks, platters, mugs, and more. Although her work has been collected around the world, Bringle says she is happiest when it’s found on someone’s kitchen table or in the cabinet, because “most of all, a pot is to use.”

Works by Cynthia Bringle

Western North Carolina is home to several other Living Treasures, including Norm Schulman, an exhibitor at last year’s SPPM. “Meeting your neighbors who have reached this phenomenal status in the world of arts and crafts creates pride for this sense of place,” says Cook. “It also gives young people inspiration and a sense of possibility for creating a living through their life-long passions.” Additional exhibitors at this year’s invitational include Melisa Cadell, Shane Mickey, Liz Summerfield, Tzadi Turrou, Nick Joerling, and more.

Ceramicist Jeannine Marchand is the 2012 SPPM Emerging Artist, selected for her unique framed fold wall pieces made with white earthenware. Once the clay is dry, Marchand finely sands and fires the work, resulting in an uninterrupted surface that lets light travel to create natural areas of brightness and shadow. It’s an uncommon technique in the region, and the effect is breathtaking.

Work by Liz Summerfield

“I have been living in this area on and off since 2000, but I left for two years in 2006 to continue my ceramics graduate studies in Michigan, and again 2010 for a residency in Colorado,” says Marchand. “During that time, I got married, and we decided to make Spruce Pine our permanent home. It’s been a wonderful experience reintegrating into this community as a family and as a local artist.” In addition to wall pieces, Marchand will be showing small-scale sculptures, functional work, and—with any luck—her newborn baby.

Work by Nick Joerling

Check out this year’s much anticipated show, Oct. 13-14, 2012, from 10am-5pm at the historic Cross Street Building in downtown Spruce Pine. Admission is free and light breakfast and lunch options will be available on site. SPPM is an affiliate organization of Toe River Arts Council.

For more information, visit ( or call 828/765-0520.

The July 2012 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

July 1, 2012

The July 2012 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 60 pages of it. We had over 110,000 downloads of the June issue. That’s pretty good for a Summer issue and the third month in a row with over 100,000 downloads each month.

We ask that you help us bring the news about the Carolina visual art community to others by spreading the link for the download around to your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook pages.

The link is: (

If you would like to get direct notice that our latest issue is ready to be downloaded you can send us an e-mail to ( to be placed on our mailing list.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good lazy Summer reading. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

By the way – July 2012 marks our 25th year of producing an arts newspaper. Thank you all for making that possible.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts