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University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Symposium on Potter Walter B. Stephen – June 22, 2012

May 23, 2012

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present the work of an artist considered among the most imaginative and beautiful in American ceramics. The exhibition Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen will run from May 26 –through July 27, 2012.

Stephen was a gifted designer and craftsman with a remarkable range. Through the artistic influence of his mother and his own curiosity, Stephen became known for his cameo wares and crystalline glazes. Stephen’s “American Cameo” was inspired by early Americans, literature and ancient history similar to Wedgwood’s Jasperware.

The exhibition highlights 76 rare examples of Stephen’s work, including the first pots he fired near Nonconnah Creek in Tennessee to crystalline vessels produced near Asheville, NC.

Stephen’s work spanned arts and crafts and art nouveau to the modern era. His decorative themes were widely diverse, ranging from memories of his young life on the Nebraska frontier, Bible references, and Asian art. He also explored Mayan and Egyptian motifs as well as Wedgwood influences.

McKissick Museum will host a reception with a gallery talk and book signing 5:30 – 7:30pm, on Thursday, June 21, featuring Rodney Leftwich, author of Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen.

On Friday, June 22 from 10am – 4pm, McKissick will host a symposium, The Art of Collecting Southern Pottery, featuring Rodney Leftwich, Karen Swager of Brunk Auctions,  crystalline potter Frank Neef, Winton and Rosa Eugene of Pottery by Eugene, and Barbara S. Perry, Ph.D., noted author an American ceramics.

The symposium is $40 for museum members and $50 for non-members.

For additional information about the pottery exhibition or symposium, visit ( or call 803/777-7251.


Patz Fowle of Hartsville, SC, Is Having A Busy Spring

April 17, 2012

On Apr. 28, from 10am-4pm, Fowle will participate in the Congaree Arts Festival at the SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, held on the grounds of the SC State Museum. She’ll have lots of her clay friends available to be purchased.

Whimsical Mystery Tour

Two of Fowle’s sculptures were chosen for the 2012 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Exhibition presented during the 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival, hosted by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The Palmetto Hands Exhibition will be at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, SC, from May 5-12, 2012.

Palmetto Sprout

The book Patz Fowle in Progress was just published by Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC. Here’s what was written about it.

South Carolina artist Patz Fowle is no stranger to having images of her work published in text books or having her drawings used as illustrations for children’s books. She has even written her own children’s book, Remember When available on (

Fowle can now add having a book about her unique clay handbuilding technique, the Patz Process, and the evolution of her artistic inspiration to her long list of accomplishments. Patz Fowle in Progress just arrived at the Black Creek Arts Center and copies of the book are headed to each public school library in Darlington County, SC.

Patz Fowle in Progress came about after Fowle completed an artist residency at each school in Darlington County during the 2010-11 school year. “One of the aims of the book is to show local young people that successful, practicing artists live and work in their communities,” said Fowle. “What better way than to show them than a book about an artist that they know and have worked with.”

Patz Fowle in Progress contains images of Fowle’s works from the 1980s up to some of her most recent, including her sculpture of famed topiary artist Pearl Fryar and painting of the multi-talented painter and performer Ilona Smithkin. Additionally, the book tells the story of Fowle’s inspiration for her clever clay creations and shows the artist at work on many of her whimsical sculptures.

The book was published by Black Creek Arts Council, which, along with the Darlington County School District through grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission, funded the artist residencies Fowle completed in 2010-11. Black Creek Arts Council’s Sub granting Program, which provided assistance for this project, is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the John & Susan Bennett memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To get your copy of Patz Fowle in Progress, contact the Black Creek Arts Center by e-mail at ( or call 843/332-6234 or Patz Fowle at (

15th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival Takes Place in Hickory, NC – Mar. 23 and 24, 2012

March 13, 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. It is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba County Historical Association in Newton, NC, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC.

Works by Kim Ellington

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North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Firing of the Groundhog Kiln – Mar. 17, 2012

March 13, 2012

Once again the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is opening its doors and grounds for the education and benefit of the public. On Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012, Seagrove potter Chad Brown will be firing the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. The event takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.

Chad Brown is a 5th generation potter; his great-great grandfather was William Henry Chriscoe, whose original log cabin studio resides in the Smithsonian Museum. Brown is an up-and-coming potter to watch on the Seagrove scene. His grandpa, Graham Chriscoe opened his pottery shop when Chad was around 9. He absorbed a great deal from working with his grandparents. He learned his technical skills in the more traditional Seagrove fashion, working for years as a production potter for many studios.

Chad Brown with his Niece

“You make two or three hundred of the same shape and you get pretty good at it,” says Brown. He expanded his skills by working as a journeyman potter, traveling from studio to studio and turning the various shapes required.

Brown has participated in numerous wood firings with various potters including Sid Luck, Terry Hunt, David Stuempfle, Mark Hewitt and Donna Craven. “Some of my favorite shapes to make are the same that my great-great grandfather made,” says Brown. “I really like the straight sided whiskey jugs. They made them stand up straight so they could pack more into the wagons. I like the idea of that. I like making big jars. I coil build them. I’m mostly a shape person, form comes before surface. I look at the line of a pot; to me colors and surface, that’s secondary.”

Work by Chad Brown

Four years ago Brown began to participate in shows and exhibits while continuing to work as a journeyman potter. “I started to realize that I couldn’t advance further, not enough time. I’d improve then fall back. You get onto a thought and need to stay with it; production pottery was breaking that concentration. I just felt I wasn’t getting as good as I could be.” Brown’s decision to pursue his own pottery full-time was rewarded when he received the “The Award of Excellence” at The Arts in the Park show in Blowing Rock, NC.

Brown is building a new kiln on his property this year, which will be his own design taking into consideration ideas and information from his firings with other potters and their kilns. Firing the traditional Groundhog Kiln at the North Carolina Pottery Center is not an entirely new experience for Brown. He has helped others in the past but wants to be completely in charge to absorb the complete learning experience of the process and to see what his firing results produce in the kiln. He will then be able to contrast and compare the end product. The pots will be sold at the upcoming Catawba Valley Pottery & Antique show in Hickory, March 23 & 24, 2012, and will also be on display at upcoming exhibits at American Folk in Asheville, NC, and the Campbell House/Moore Arts Council in Southern Pines, NC. The public is welcome to come out to the NCPC on Saturday, Mar. 17 to view the firing and see how the process was done over 200 years ago and still continues today.

Brown demonstrates for the public on Saturdays at the North Carolina Pottery Center and teaches Seagrove Elementary Students with Sid Luck in the Traditional Arts Programs in Schools (TAPS) held at the Center. Mark Hewitt, VP of the Center remarked, “Chad Brown has quietly established his presence as one of the most talented younger potters in Seagrove. We all enjoy Chad’s humor and good nature, and know how much he contributes to the NCPC with his patient, insightful demonstrations and his warm, generous personality. His beautiful pots reflect who he is.”

Opened in 1998 in Seagrove, the NCPC mission is to promote public awareness of North Carolina’s remarkable pottery heritage. The Center welcomes and informs visitors to the Seagrove area, enriching their experience through exhibitions and educational programs, and promoting potters working today across the state. 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 (

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Offers Demonstration and Talk by Internationally Renowned Potter Jeffrey Oestreich – Mar. 15, 2012

March 4, 2012

Acclaimed potter Jeffrey Oestreich will demonstrate his work and give an illustrated artist’s talk Thursday, March 15, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

Oestreich will demonstrate clay-forming techniques from 9:30am to noon and 1:30 to 3pm in the Ward Clay Studio, Room 151 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Beginning at 4pm he will deliver an illustrated artist’s talk in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center. A WCU Fine Art Museum Third Thursday wine and appetizer reception for Oestreich will be held at 5pm in the arts center atrium, where a small exhibit of his work will be on display. All events are free and the public is invited.

Potter Jeffrey Oestreich

Oestreich’s geometrically designed functional pottery is primarily salt or soda fired stoneware. A native of Taylors Fall, MN, Oestreich was introduced to ceramics while in college by craft potter Warren MacKenzie. After earning his degree, he apprenticed for two years with British studio potter and teacher Bernard Leach.

“Function is at my core,” Oestreich said of his work. While inspired by the art deco movement and the pottery of Japan and Germany, “All things considered, my approach is American, borrowing from as many sources as speak to me,” he said.

Oestreich has exhibited extensively throughout the country and abroad, and his work is included in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, among others. In 1986 he received a visual arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oestreich’s visit to WCU – his third – is funded by the university’s Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. While on campus, he will work closely with ceramics students, making pottery beside them in the studio, answering questions and discussing their work.

“Jeff is a particular friend of the clay studio,” said Joan Byrd, ceramics professor in the WCU School of Art and Design. “He is a highly creative artist and an exceptional teacher. It is a particular pleasure to welcome him to campus again.”

For more information, contact Joan Byrd at 828/227-3595 or by e-mail at (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Two Special Events Related to It’s Current Exhibit – Mar. 10 and Apr. 14, 2012

February 29, 2012

Plan to join us for two special event days complementing our current exhibit: What’s Upstairs? Seeing the NCPC’s Hidden Treasures.

A frequent complaint of museum-goers is that much of a museum’s collection of objects and artifacts is stored away out of view and is rarely seen by anyone but staff and qualified researchers. Understandably, museum collections can be vast in size and public exhibition space is often large enough to display only a fraction of an institution’s holdings at any one time.

Face jug by Brown Pottery

So, for the first time, many objects not previously included in NCPC exhibits have been brought downstairs for visitors’ viewing and enjoyment. In addition, a sample of the Center’s significant collection of art pottery produced by Lee County’s North State Pottery is displayed. In the future, more of the stored objects will be added to the permanent collection exhibit and others will be incorporated into upcoming short term exhibitions.

Open for viewing through Apr. 28, 2012, What’s Upstairs? Seeing the NCPC’s Hidden Treasures will be complemented by two special event days on Mar. 10 and Apr. 14 (noon – 2pm each day). In addition to speakers on each day discussing both personal and institutional collection of North Carolina pottery, experts will be available to identify and discuss visitors’ own North Carolina pottery brought in for identification.

The NCPC will also release a new color catalog on Mar. 10, of Alamance County Historical Stoneware, highlighting in print the first time a large group of these spectacular pots which haven’t been seen together since they emerged from Alamance County kilns about a hundred and sixty years ago. The text is by potter and curator Mark Hewitt.

Bellarmine Jug

On Apr. 14, along with the festivities, two catalogs will be released. The first catalog highlights pieces from the North Carolina Pottery Center’s permanent collection with text by the curator of this exhibit, Steve Compton author and pottery collector. The other catalog being released is a first of its kind, a rare grouping of nineteenth and twentieth century Grave Markers that take many forms and often have names, dates, and epitaphs inscribed on them. The catalog text is by Dr. Charles Zug, author and curator of a number of pottery exhibits

Both events are open to the public and will be educational and entertaining. The catalogs will be for sale and the curators will be signing catalogs and answering questions. We encourage you to bring in old North Carolina pottery pieces to find out more about them. We will also have instructions for donating pottery to the NCPC’S permanent collection, which is a taxable deduction. Light refreshments will be served.

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 (

Students Raise Funds for Cameron Art Museum’s Clay Studio in Wilmington, NC

February 29, 2012

The National Art Honor Society and Art Club of J.T. Hoggard High School, will present a check for $550 to Hiroshi Sueyoshi, master clay artist of the Cameron Art Museum’s Clay Studio in Wilmington, NC, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at 4pm. For the 5th year students raised money selling their own handmade one-of-a-kind cards to benefit Pancoe Art Education Center’s Clay Studio. Art teachers Anne Sinclair and Hope Hunt collaborated to encourage students to create art that could be used to support the community. Their dedication and generosity supports education programs at the Cameron Art Museum’s Clay Studio.

Hiroshi Sueyoshi A native of Tokyo, Hiroshi arrived in the US in 1971 to help build Humble Mill Pottery in Asheboro, NC. Sueyoshi has taught at numerous institutions including Cape Fear Community College. His works are primarily made using the Japanese techniques of neriage and nerikomi. Sueyoshi has exhibited his award winning work in exhibitions across America. His work is in private, corporate, and institutional collections including the Renwick Gallery. Sueyoshi is a graduate of Tokyo Aeronautical College and the Ochanomizu Design School.

Pancoe Art Education Center The Pancoe Center houses The Clay Studio, with studios spaces and an outdoor kiln. Master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi works in a fully-equipped, on-site studio focused exclusively on clay. The Clay Studio is established to further the techniques, forms and conventions of clay, while encouraging experimentation in contemporary media, concepts and techniques. The studio offers classes and workshops for both novice and accomplished artists.

The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi.

For further information contact Kim Kelly, Communications Manager by calling 910/395-5999 ext. 1005 or e-mail to (

Friends of Visual Arts at Barton College in Wilson, NC, Host Lecture by Ben Owen III – Feb. 23, 2012

February 10, 2012

Please join the Friends of Visual Arts at Barton College in Wilson, NC, for the upcoming Winter Lecture featuring Ben Owen III. His lecture is titled “An Owen Tradition and Transition in Clay,” and the event will be held in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building at 6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. There is no charge for the program, and the community is encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

Owen is a potter from Seagrove, NC. His forefathers came to North Carolina from England as early as the late 1700s to ply their craft and furnish storage jars and other utilitarian wares for the early settlers. Owen’s grandfather, master potter Ben Owen, Sr., admired early oriental pottery displayed in museums and collections, and he translated those works into his own style of pottery.

Ben Owen III studied pottery as an apprentice with his grandfather and later at East Carolina University. Like his grandfather, Owen’s pottery reflects a foundation of traditional design as well as oriental translations.

For additional information about this program, please contact Bonnie LoSchiavo at 252/399-6477 or e-mail to (

Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, Offers 25th Annual NC Potters Conference – Mar. 2-4, 2012

February 8, 2012

The Randolph Arts Guild’s 25th Annual NC Potters Conference hosts three renowned potters, Cynthia Bringle (Penland, NC), John Glick (Detroit, MI) and Jack Troy (Huntingdon, PA) for presentations and demonstrations of their craft Friday, Mar. 2, at 8am through Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012, at noon at the Moring Arts Center in Asheboro, NC. Each has invited a favorite “up and coming” potter whose techniques also will be highlighted. They include Ronan Peterson (Poplar, NC), Martha Grover (Red Lodge, MT), and Jake Johnson (Spring Mills, PA).

For more information or to register, visit: