Feature Articles

July 2013

In the Grove
by Rhonda McCanless

Three Seagrove pottery shops will celebrate anniversaries in July with special events. Latham’s Pottery is celebrating 20 years on July 13, from 9am to 5pm. The open house celebration will feature new pottery items and old forms that haven’t been made in a while. Those pots will be specially signed to commemorate Latham’s 20th anniversary.

In addition to specially signed pots, there will be lots of door prizes. The Latham’s are offering a 20 percent discount on their special day and will serve hot dogs and refreshments from noon until 2pm. As an added bonus, Latham’s Pottery has a blueberry farm and the blueberries should be in season for the anniversary celebration.

Latham’s Pottery is located two miles north of Seagrove on US Highway 220 Alternate. For more information, call 336/873-7303 or e-mail to (lathamspottery@embarqmail.com).

Michèle Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery and Eck McCanless Pottery are located less than a mile from each other and both shops happened to open in the middle of July, a year apart. The potters will celebrate their shop anniversaries together on July 20, from 10am to 5pm.

Michèle Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery is celebrating its 3rd anniversary. The potters will demonstrate throwing on the wheel, as well as their signature technique of carving designs on pots through slip. They will fire up the grill at noon and have extended an open invitation for lunch. The pottery shop is located at 1423 NC Highway 705 in Seagrove. For more information, visit (www.gypsypotters.net) or call 336/873-1001.

Eck McCanless Pottery will celebrate its 2nd anniversary this year. McCanless is offering hands-on demonstrations from 10am to 4pm. Visitors are invited to try turning on the wheel or carving agateware. Snacks will be served and a door prize will be offered. At 4pm, McCanless will put down the clay and pick up his guitar to play some of his favorite songs.

Eck McCanless Pottery is located at 6077 Old US Highway 220 in Seagrove. Visit (www.eckmccanless.webs.com) for more information, or call 336/873-7412.

Seagrove Christmas in July is July 19-21, from 9am to 5pm. The event is sponsored by the Museum of NC Traditional Pottery, located at 127 East Main Street in Seagrove. The museum is offering demonstrations and refreshments. Participating shops will offer special edition Christmas-themed items. A list of participating shops can be picked up at the museum. For more information, call 336/873-7887.

Rhonda McCanless is editor and publisher of In the Grove, a monthly newsletter about Seagrove, NC that focuses on pottery news. Click the link to see the latest issue. Rhonda works full-time for Central Park NC in Star and can sometimes be found at her husband’s pottery shop, Eck McCanless Pottery, located at 6077 Old U.S. Highway 220 in Seagrove, NC. She can be reached at (336) 879-6950 or e-mail to (professional_page@rtmc.net).


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