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The Greensboro Historical Museum’s Shop in Greensboro, NC, Offers Celtic Pottery Trunk Show and Demonstration – Dec. 1, 2012

October 30, 2012

The Greensboro Historical Museum’s Shop in Greensboro, NC, will offer a John Dortch Memorial Series Event – Greensboro’s Celtic Pottery Trunk Show and Demonstration, on Dec. 1, 2012, from 2-5pm.

Talk with Greensboro artists, Janet Gaddy and Timothy Moran, who produce pottery influenced by their Celtic heritage and personal reflections. Gaddy, a Greensboro College instructor, creates porcelain sculptural pieces and stoneware folk art, while Moran, a North Carolina certified master potter, specializes in crystalline glazes on wheel-thrown porcelain.

Work by Janet Gaddy

Using his potter’s wheel, Moran will create a ring vase during the trunk show event at the Greensboro Historical Museum Shop.

Work by Timothy Moran

The Celtic Pottery’s trunk show will include smaller decorative pieces along with monumental collectibles.

The Greensboro Historical Museum is located at 130 Summit Avenue in Greensboro. Museum and Shop Hours: Tue. – Sat., 10am– 5pm and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further info call 336/373-2043 or visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Free Admission for American Craft Week – Oct. 5 – 14, 2012

October 4, 2012

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, “for people who love the potter’s craft” is supporting American Craft Week, Oct. 5 – 14, 2012. In honor and recognition of this important statewide craft the Center will have free admission during this time frame.

It is the mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery-making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation.

The North Carolina Pottery Center is your first stop in exploring our state’s deep heritage in pottery. Located in Seagrove, one of the state’s key pottery centers, the North Carolina Pottery Center offers a variety of exhibits and activities that will delight the novice and enthusiast alike. Permanent exhibits trace the history of NC Pottery from the Native Americans to the present. Changing exhibits focus on topics of both historic and contemporary work by the state’s potters. Displays and information will help you find your way to the potteries of Seagrove and around the state.

The current exhibit on display during American Craft Week is “The Collector’s Eye II: Seven Perspectives”, which features approximately 140 pots from seven female collectors and contains examples of the very best of their collections. On Saturdays, a local potter gives day-long demonstrations in the Center’s Education Building.

The NCPC is a private nonprofit entity, funded primarily through memberships, grants, admissions, and appropriations.

The Center is open, Tue. – Sat., 10am-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 or visit (




9th Annual Hilton Homeplace Pottery Sale Takes Place in Newton, NC – Oct. 13, 2012

October 4, 2012

The 9th annual Hilton Homeplace Pottery Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, from 8am to 4pm at the old C.R. Hilton home place in the community of Blackburn, outside of Newton, NC.

A number of local potters connected to the Hilton family will be represented, including B. R. (Bob) Hilton, 4th generation potter of the Hilton family, Sybil Scronce Hedspeth of Pottery by Sybil, Judy Petrie of Carolina Cameo, and John Hilton, grandson of famed post-Civil War potter John Wesley Helton. A limited number of pieces will be available from Heather Hilton, Bob’s daughter, now a 5th generation potter from the Hilton family, and Irene Hatley, granddaughter of C.R. Hilton.

Bob Hilton, who resides at the home place, has renovated an old building on the property that he uses as a gallery full time. Nine years ago he decided to begin the annual sale to honor his heritage and share some of the long history of the Hilton family with others who are interested in pottery as traditional vessels. The Hiltons were known for usable, functional pieces, and Bob continues his work in that same tradition, as the family has for close to 150 years. The C. R. Hilton home place is about two miles from the original site of John Wesley Hilton’s pottery shop, who began the pottery industry for the Hilton family after the Civil War.

Sybil Scronce Hedspeth of Pottery by Sybil grew up in the Blackburn community and now lives and turns in Granite Falls, NC. Judy Petrie of Carolina Cameo applies clay slip in relief on traditional pottery. Judy began her craft more than thirty years ago on pieces turned for her by Boyd Shuford Hilton, Bob’s late father. John Hilton lives and turns in Lincoln County.

Light refreshments will be served. Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will offer breakfast and lunch on the grounds, with proceeds benefiting mission work that the church supports. Live turning demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

The address is 4026 Old State Road in Newton, NC.

For directions, a map or any other information, go to (, or call 704/462-1304.




Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle, NC, Presents 5th Annual Pottery Show – Sept. 28 and 29, 2012

September 13, 2012

Falling Rivers Gallery and the Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, is honored to host “Celebrating our Pottery Harvest”, the 5th Annual Pottery Show at the Gallery, located at 119 West Main Street in Albemarle. The Show will be held on September 28th and 29th, Friday and Saturday. The hours are 10am-5pm on both days with an open reception held until 7pm on Friday evening. Potters from Stanly and surrounding counties will showcase their work and offer them for sale. For the past four years, the show has attracted pottery enthusiasts from across the state.  This year’s event includes returning potters as well as first-time participants.

“We are expecting to have a great selection of new work by our current members and visiting potters at this year’s show. As always, we want to expose the public to innovative new artists as well as bring new collections from their favorite local potters” states Nancy Lipe, Gallery Director of Falling Rivers Gallery. Unlike traditional pottery shows, this event is able to utilize the resources of the Gallery for checkout and wrapping.

“This show is fun for the potters as they can spend their time interacting with customers and each other, and also for the customers as they have a single checkout rather than having to pay each potter individually for purchases.  It creates a very laid-back atmosphere in this very beautiful Gallery setting” adds Bobbie Listerman from River Road Clayworks.

This year the Gallery will host pottery from eight area potteries including three potteries participating for the first time.

The Falling Rivers Gallery is the cooperative sales venue of the Stanly Arts Guild and is supported in part by the Albemarle Downtown Improvement LLC and the Stanly County Arts Council, and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

More information can be found on our website at (




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 (

Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC, Features Major Pottery Exhibition

June 22, 2012

The Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC, will present the exhibit, By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors, curated by Ronan Kyle Peterson, on view from June 29 through Aug. 26, 2012. An opening reception will be held on June 29, from 5:30-7:30pm.

“The title, By Example, notes the relationship between an artist and their mentor(s) and how the teaching and learning of a mentorship comes through watching and listening… Interestingly enough, most of the invited mentors happen to also live and work in North Carolina, which again notes the rich and vibrant ceramics scene in the Tar Heel State,” says Peterson.

Work by Jason Burnett

By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors presents works from a new generation of ceramic artists who represent the new guard of clay makers in North Carolina, a state rich with a venerable clay tradition. Peterson has selected twenty artists who in turn have invited 20 mentors who have significantly influenced their work and careers. The exhibition will take the visitor through a visual journey where one will see both functional and sculptural ceramics by artists whose work reflects the tradition of NC clay and artists who are incorporating new approaches to surface design and innovative application of ancient techniques.

The exhibition will explore multiple themes in contemporary craft including use of color, texture and imagery, artistic borrowings from other media, and the importance of mentorship.

Work by Tom Spleth

Peterson grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BS in Anthropology and Folklore in 1996. He first started working with clay in 1997 at John C. Campbell Folk School and continued his ceramic practice as a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts. In 2001 he established Nine Toes Pottery in Chapel Hill, NC. He has curated Refraction and Flux: Eight Rising Young Potters, for the J.C. Self Genetics Research Center in Greenwood, SC, and exhibitions for Claymakers Gallery and Studio in Durham, NC.

Work by Samantha Henneke

“These artists are not simply making pots as they have seen others make pots, they are pushing the boundaries of ceramic expression, defining clear and important voices as ceramic artists and vessel makers, and pushing forward North Carolina’s legacy of outstanding ceramic expression,” says Peterson.

The group of artists include: Blaine M. Avery, Patty Bilbro, Jason Bige Burnett, Kyle Carpenter, Naomi Dalglish, Susan Feagin, Samantha Henneke, Michael Hunt, Matt Jones, Shaunna Lyons, Stephanie Martin, Kelly O’Briant, Gillian J. Parke, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Ron Philbeck, Emily Reason, Amy Sanders, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Joy Tanner, and Julie Wiggins.

Work by Joy Tanner

The group of Mentors include: Linda Arbuckle, Tom Bartel, Margaret Bohls, Joyce Bryan, Val Cushing, Becca Floyd, Steven Forbes-deSoule, Tom Gray, Mark Hewitt, L.T. Hoisington, II, Dwight Holland, Oh Hyang Jong, Jennifer Kincaid, Michael Kline, Leah Leitson, Suze Lindsay, Linda McFarling, Ron Meyers, and Tom Spleth.

See more images from this exhibit on Flickr at this link (

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 336/333-7460 or visit (

Making Plans for a Big Weekend – Next Weekend – May 25-27, 2012

May 20, 2012

If you’re like Linda and I, and millions of others – you got stuck working this weekend, but we’re making plans for a big weekend – next weekend. And it is a big Memorial Day weekend. That’s three days for most people – unfortunately for Linda and I – it’s back to work on Monday – the holiday. In reality – we’ll be working a lot that weekend too – as it’s the weekend after deadline for our June issue – drat!

That’s the way it’s been for 24 years since we started doing an arts newspaper. On the weekend of our wedding anniversary and my birthday, we’re stuck working to get another paper finished. It’s hard to work 24 hours a day, although it seems sometimes we try – here’s a few things we hope to do this next weekend.

We hope to have a nice anniversary/birthday dinner, see the Avengers movie, make a trip to Seagrove, NC, to visit with some of our favorite potters, and hopefully celebrate Memorial Day with a few friends. Oh yeah, and get the paper done or almost done. This one may go down to the wire.

Now everyone knows about the Avengers and Memorial Day and one clue on the anniversary/birthday event is that they add up to 94, so let me tell you about what’s going on in Seagrove to draw us there on such a big weekend.

Of course, if you read about a lot of this on Pages 38 and 39 of our May 2012 issue of Carolina Arts, downloadable at (, you’d know what I’m talking about, but for those who haven’t – here’s a few reasons.

First, it’s a trip away from the house, yard, and computer into another state. That’s always a plus and it only takes a few hours to get there. Second, it’s Seagrove – a beautiful area of gently rolling hills that just happens to be one of the Southeast’s major artist colonies – a big plus for Linda who refuses to travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway – a major highway. So forget about driving around two-lane mountain roads. Third, it’s Cousin in Clay weekend, several other kiln openings on Saturday and there’s a new exhibit on view at the NC Pottery Center.

Bulldog Pottery, located at 3306 Hwy. 220, just outside of “downtown” Seagrove will be presenting the works of five talented potters during the annual “Cousins in Clay” event on May 26, 10am-5pm and May 27, 10am-4pm.

Work by Samantha Henneke

Work by Bruce Gholson

Bulldog potters, Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke, joined by their mountain “clay cousin” Michael Kline of Bakersville, NC, are hosting two special guest potters, Ron Meyers, an icon of American ceramics from Athens, GA, and Judith Duff, a full-time studio potter from Brevard, NC.

Work by Judith Duff

Work by Ron Meyers

Live music will fill the air with Chronis Pou Vasiliou (Bruce’s brother-in-law) of Greensboro, NC, playing his enchanting Greek Bouzouki music along with musician Matthew Beasley from Asheville, NC. Music begins at noon and lasts throughout Saturday afternoon with a light buffet.

Work by Michael Kline

Michael Kline will present brushwork demonstrations on Saturday at 2pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm. And Sunday at noon, potters and lovers of pots are all invited for a Potluck Buffet at noon.

Gain insights into the work and activities of Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson at their pottery blog: “Around and About with Bulldog” at ( And take a look at the website ( to learn more about this year’s guest potters.

These kind of events are usually a less than free time for Max the mad wonder dog, but some might see him and get a chance to toss a red ball – once or a hundred times. And, as a bonus you might also get to chat with Ed or Gloria Henneke. A special note to Ed – I will not bring up the Michigan vs. Virginia Tech game, so there is no reason to make excuses to be out of town.

For further information or directions you can call Bulldog pottery at 336/302-3469.

Whynot Pottery, located at 1013 Fork Creek Mill Road, also just outside of “downtown” Seagrove – home and work place of Mark and Meredith Heywood, will be having a Kiln Opening on Saturday, May 26, from 9am-5pm.

I’ve read that this round includes the cider/beer mugs that many folks have been asking for as well as a selection of whimsical tiles from their new venture, Acacia Tile. But, I’m sure they have a good stock of other works they are known for on hand.

Mark and Meredith are really shaking things up this year, so if you haven’t been there in a while – you’re going to see some new items and new looks. I’ll be looking to see if there will be any cookies. They have not been advertised – so don’t expect any, but it doesn’t hurt to hope. We all need hope.

You can check out the Whynot Pottery’s blog at (, call 336/873-9276 or visit (

Why are Bulldog Pottery and Whynot Pottery always a must see for us? Well, besides being blogging buddies, these two potteries have been our gateway and guide to the  Seagrove pottery empire. They represent the “not so old” and “not so new” ends of that pottery community. And, like I’m sure most of the folks in Seagrove are – they’re nice people too. Plus, I hope you’ve noticed the images of the wonderful pottery they produce.

Donna Craven Pottery, located at 2616 Old Cox Road, between Asheboro, NC, and Seagrove is also having a Kiln Opening on Saturday, May 26, from 9am to 5pm.

We have not been to her pottery before, but we’ve seen her work at several of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters events and you’ll find her work in many museum collections. Maybe we’ll make it there this time, but there is always so much to see and do – time has a way of slipping by, but if you’re on the North side of Seagrove – it could be your first stop.


I understand that Craven is firing a new load of pots in her wood kiln for this event. She will have a variety of old and new forms, both large and small, including items for the spring.

For further info or directions call 336/629-8173.

And, of course, who would go to Seagrove looking for pottery without stopping at the North Carolina Pottery Center, located at 233 East Avenue, in the heart of downtown Seagrove. The new exhibit there is, NC Student Ceramics Exhibit 1: High School, which will be on view through July 28, 2012. The NCPC is exhibiting the best of NC high school ceramics. The Center will be open Saturday, 10am-4pm.

If it’s your first trip to Seagrove, I recommend it as a first stop as the Center also offers information on activities, maps and information about the potteries located in the Seagrove area and across the state. They also have a display of representative works from more than 90 area potteries and maps to help to find the potteries.

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

If you’re the planning type who has to have things all figured out before you arrive somewhere – let me suggest a visit to the Seagrove Area Potters Association’s website at ( You can download a map there and find connections and info about many of the area’s potteries. A lot of them will be open for business this weekend – you don’t have to follow our plans. There’s plenty to go around for everyone.

3rd Annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val Takes Place in Morganton, NC – May 19, 2012

May 10, 2012

The 3rd Annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val will take place at the Old Armory Building in historic Morganton, NC, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 10am to 4pm, sponsored by the Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion.

This pre­mier pot­tery show will fea­ture 30 hand-picked pot­ters from through­out West­ern North Car­olina. These tal­ented artists are well-known for their dis­tinct pot­tery and rep­re­sent both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional clay styles.

Work by Claudia Dunaway

Participation potters and potteries include: Andrew Stephenson, Banfield Pottery, Caroleen Sanders, Celtic Pottery, Claudia Dunaway, Corine Guseman, Courtney Long, Debbie Little, Donna King, Earthworks Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Fred and Rose Pinkul, Gina King Ellis, Glenn Tanzer, Good Earth Pottery Studio, Hamilton Williams Clayworks, Hog Hill Pottery, Jinsong Kim, Ken Sedberry, Lazy Lizard Pottery, Leicester Valley Clay, Michelle Flowers, Mud Duck Pottery, Out of the Ashes Pottery, Puzzle Creek Pottery, Ron Philbeck Pottery, Rutherford Pottery, Shane Mickey, Turtle Island Pottery, and Tzadi Turrou.

Work by Donna King

Enjoy music, pot­tery demon­stra­tions, and food from the Pie Hole. Admit­tance is $4.00, chil­dren 12 and under FREE. Entrance fees go directly to Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that spon­sors pub­lic involve­ment in Foothills arche­ol­ogy through edu­ca­tion pro­grams, arche­o­log­i­cal sur­veys, and exca­va­tions of Native Amer­i­can and Euro­pean settlements.

Work by Jinsong Kim

The Joara Pot­tery fes­ti­val event is spon­sored by the Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion. Through uncov­er­ing hun­dreds of Native Amer­i­can pots and sherds includ­ing 16th cen­tury Blue Span­ish Majolica, the foun­da­tion seeks to pre­serve and pro­mote the region’s rich pot­tery his­tory and tal­ented present day artisans.

The Foun­da­tion also pro­vides con­tin­ued sup­port for the archae­o­log­i­cal research in the upper Catawba and Yad­kin River val­leys, with a pri­mary focus on the inves­ti­ga­tion of sixteenth-century inter­ac­tions between Euro­pean colonists and Native Amer­i­cans in west­ern North Carolina.

The Foun­da­tion takes its name from Joara; the major Native Amer­i­can town in the upper Catawba Val­ley vis­ited by sixteenth-century Span­ish expe­di­tions led by Her­nando de Soto and Juan Pardo. Pardo built Fort San Juan near the town in 1567, cre­at­ing the old­est Euro­pean set­tle­ment in the inte­rior of the United States. Evi­dence of Joara and Fort San Juan has been unearthed at the Berry archae­o­log­i­cal site in north­ern Burke County. Numer­ous exam­ples of Native Amer­i­can and Euro­pean pot­tery and sherds have been uncov­ered at the Berry site, includ­ing Blue Span­ish Majolica, pro­vid­ing key evi­dence of Span­ish activ­ity and crit­i­cal dating.

Evi­dence from the Berry site is chang­ing his­tory text­books and has been cov­ered in National Geo­graphic, Smith­son­ian and Archae­ol­ogy mag­a­zines, and the UNC TV doc­u­men­tary “The First, Lost Colony.”

For further information call 828/439‑2463, e-mail to ( or visit (

2012 Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl in Seagrove, NC, is a Fundraiser for the Northern Moore Family Resource Center – May 12, 2012

April 29, 2012

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 10am to5pm, whether you are a pottery newbie or a seasoned collector, you’ll enjoy the Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl and help out deserving children and families.

Spend a fun-filled Saturday meeting the artists, touring their studios, and admiring their creations. Come check out 14 memorable potteries in a self-guided car tour. Each pottery will have a unique culinary delight with a wine pairing (beef tenderloin on rounds of French bread, shrimp served with remoulade and red sauces, open-faced pork sliders, an elegant almond torte, to name a few), and demonstrations focusing on different aspects of the craft – from shaping at the wheel, to glazing, to firing techniques. Or you can roll up your sleeves and make a pot yourself with the help of an expert. Last year’s participants were inspired by the beautiful countryside, the world class artistic talent of Seagrove, NC, and the unique way the featured artists live and work.

From Avery Pottery & Tileworks

The 2nd annual Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl is organized by the Northern Moore Family Resource Center (The Resource Center) which is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1996 to serve children and families in northern Moore County, NC. The area that The Resource Center serves has been decimated by the departure of manufacturing over the last 30 years and it has resulted in too many children living in poverty. The Resource Center helps at-risk children succeed academically by offering, among other things, after school programs and summer camps. The Resource Center is a United Way agency and their six-week free summer day camp is partially funded by the United Way.  All proceeds from the Pottery Crawl will help children and strengthen local families. Potters will generously donate 15 percent of all sales during the event to the Resource Center.

The Pottery Crawl is much more than a one dimensional art gallery experience. It’s a ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at how and where the art is created. It’s about the uniqueness of each individual potter. To visit the potters is to immerse oneself in their creative world. For them life and work are fused together by their artistry, as many live and work in the same environment. Often they live on winding country roads, and when you venture down them you may find a beautiful sculpture garden, a lush pond, a picturesque log cabin, or a sturdy converted barn.  It’s quiet in the country except for the sound of the clay fired wind chimes, or the crow of a rooster.

View of Jugtown Pottery

And of course, there is the art itself. On this pottery tour you’ll find a rich diversity of styles, colors, shapes and sizes that range from the decorative to the utilitarian. You’ll encounter pieces that are worthy of museum lighting, as well as everyday treasures like place settings, serving bowls and mugs that will jazz up a room or any meal. Every potter is an artist with his/her own unique style.

Seagrove’s pottery tradition dates back to the 18th century, before the American Revolution, due to the high quality of the local clay. Today it’s known for the high concentration of potters, the unsurpassed artistic talent, and the eclectic mix of people – some with roots eight generations deep and others drawn here from around the world.

From the Ground Up Pottery

The following are the potters on the tour: Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Dean and Martin Pottery, Frank Neef Pottery, From the Ground Up, Great White Oak Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Luck’s Ware, Old Gap Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Studio Touya, and Westmoore Pottery.

Don’t miss this unique event or the opportunity to help local kids and their families. And it all happens on Mother’s Day weekend. So spare Mom that tired gift and spend an unforgettable day with her instead! After seeing the bounty, you may never again give a generic store-bought gift.

Individual tickets are $45 and Patron tickets are $100, and they include a commemorative pottery piece. Mother’s Day packages are available for $150. The package includes two tickets and several gifts for mom – the commemorative pottery piece filled with chocolates and a bottle of wine. Participants will receive a ticket and program for the event, with a map highlighting all of the participating potteries.  Tickets and programs may be picked up at the Resource Center, 130 S. Middleton Street in Robbins, NC, where guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the programs that the Resource Center offers, or at The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue in Seagrove.

The Resource Center will also raffle off four-4 piece place settings of tableware from Dean and Martin Pottery and from Avery Pottery and Tileworks. They will also raffle off a salad set, plus salad bowls from Seagrove Stoneware.   Raffle tickets may be purchased separately from tickets to the event, and winners do not have to be present at the drawing. The drawings will take place at 5:30pm at the Resource Center on the day of the event. Raffle tickets for the dinnerware are $10 apiece, and you can designate whether you want to be included in the raffle for the set from Dean and Martin Pottery or Avery Pottery and Tileworks.  Tickets for the salad set are $5 apiece, and for the set of six salad bowls tickets are $1 apiece. Pictures of all items to be raffled will be posted on our website in early April.

From Dean & Martin Pottery

This event is made possible in large part by contributions from St. Josephs of the Pines and Wachovia Wells Fargo.  St. Josephs of the Pines has an active presence in northern Moore County, with its Providence Place development in Robbins – lovely one bedroom apartments for seniors, plus it brings its fully equipped Semi to Robbins for two days each month where local residents can be seen by the Moore Free Care Clinic, meet with the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care and the Benefit Bank, and soon will be able to see dentists free of charge. Wachovia Wells Fargo provided funding to support the financial education classes that the Resource Center offers as part of its IDA program.

To purchase raffle tickets or tickets to the event, visit the Resource Center website at (, or send checks payable to the Northern Moore Family Resource Center to P.O. Box 190, Robbins, NC 27325 or call the Resource Center at 910/948-4324.

From the Ashes of Many Kilns, Seagrove, NC, the Center of Pottery in North Carolina, Rises Every Spring

April 5, 2012

Now that’s something to think about. When you finish scratching your head – I’ll explain.

When you have to write about annual events, unlike the organizers who can just slap a number in front of the event’s name – we in the media – the elite media – have to come up with a clever hook. In this case I wish I had one in the kiln – cooking until it was ripe for reading. Unfortunately we’ll have to go with this one.

Work from Whynot Pottery

Potters in Seagrove are like the makers of Doritos – you can buy all you want – they’ll just keep making more. And, who can ever have enough pottery – especially the kind they make in Seagrove. When you have near a hundred competitors in a small community like Seagrove, unlike Doritos – you can’t keep cranking out the same old, same old – they’re always producing something different – different shapes, different clays, different glazes, and different patterns. That’s why people keep going back – you want to see what they’re cookin’ up now.

Work by Ben Owen III

Some people say I go to Seagrove too much. I say – tell me where I can go and see so much variety in such concentration? And, when they’re having a special organized event – all the better. Hey, I’m not saying Seagrove is the end of the world as far as pottery goes. I’ve seen some pottery in my day in other places in the Carolinas. Some of my best pieces didn’t come from Seagrove and some came from places far from Seagrove. There’s lots of great pottery being made all over the Carolinas with a heavy concentration in North Carolina, but the difference is…

The folks in Seagrove talk the talk and walk the walk. They go the extra mile to invite people to come there. They want to be number one and they work hard at it. I don’t wear blinders when I’m looking around the Carolinas. I see what’s going on and there’s no place promoting itself like Seagrove. I’m waiting for some other region to stand up and say – “Hey – what about us?” and then back it up. I’ve been waiting.

Work by Chad Brown

And like the old gun-slingers of the West – if you want to be number one – you have to be better every time to stay on top.

That’s why I’m big on Seagrove and have no problem telling people to go there and saying you won’t be disappointed you did – as far as the pottery goes. Seagrove as a town doesn’t have much to offer (nor does the town I live near), but I’m not telling you to go there for anything but the pottery and some pretty good scenery. And, with very few exceptions – they’re some pretty great people there too, but that’s a story for another day – the exceptions I mean.

Work by Bruce Gholson

If you’ve been there – you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never been there – my gosh – what are you waiting for?

If all the stars and planets line up – I might even get to go there for this event. That’s right – another trip to Seagrove. How about you?

Here’s the official press release:

Editor’s Note: If you think my number of potters don’t match up with those mentioned in the press release, there are potters who don’t participate in all events and those few exceptions I mentioned. Also, one suggestion. Your best first stop on Saturday could be the NC Pottery Center. They have the scoop on the area and some nice exhibits too.

Celebration of Seagrove Potter’s Spring Kiln Openings Cool Off in Seagrove, NC – Apr. 21 & 22, 2012

The 4th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potter’s Spring Kiln Openings will take place in and around Seagrove, NC, on Apr. 21 and 22, 2012. The event features the work of 65 potters representing 36 different potteries.

The Seagrove potters’ studios are nestled throughout the countryside – separated by short leisurely drives in and nearby the town of Seagrove.  At the various Seagrove potteries there will be special kiln openings and exhibits, new pottery works featured, demonstrations, and refreshments planned for the pottery lover.

Pick up a full-color Discover Seagrove map and guide at any of the Seagrove potters’ shops participating in the Spring Celebration. Each shop is celebrating Spring in its own way. Hours may differ from shop to shop.

Participating potteries include: Southern Spirits Pottery @ A. Teague Village, Avery Pottery & Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, BlueStone Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Caldwell-Hohl Artworks, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dean and Martin Pottery, Dirt Works Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Fireshadow Pottery, From the Ground Up Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry at Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Kings Pottery, Lathams Pottery, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin Pottery, McNeill’s Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, Nichols Pottery, O’Quinn Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Ray Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Smith Pottery, Studio Touya, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, and Whynot Pottery.

For further info visit the Seagrove Area Potters Association at ( or visit (