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Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC, Offers 3rd Cousins in Clay Event – May 28 & 29, 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

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Work by Peter Lenzo

We ran this article in our May 2011 issue of Carolina Arts, but we’ve learned that everyone doesn’t bother with publications these days. Many people’s attention span is just too short for publications. They like blog entries, Facebook status updates or even tweets.

But, I wanted to make sure people interested in pottery would see this – one way or another. I’m hoping I can make another trip to Seagrove (hold the tornadoes this time – please), but it’s a rough time of the month for us to be gone – unless we’ve finished our June issue early. We’ll have our fingers crossed.

Last year I missed meeting up with Peter Lenzo, who was on his way to the 2nd Clay Cousins, as a visitor, and I had to get back home by that time of the day. We probably passed each other on Hwy. 220. I really admire Lenzo and his work. We have a couple of his crazy head pieces – which are pretty strange. But, I like strange – as do a lot of other folks. And, of course there’s always Max – the bulldog who just keeps on ticking.

I also enjoy talking with Michael Kline, and it’s always a plus when you get all these good and talented folks together. I might even be able to go over to Whynot Pottery and get some cake and see the new exhibit at the NC Pottery Center.

A lot of our friends are beginning to figure out that there must be something going on in Seagrove to keep drawing us back. When they ask – I just smile and say – it’s OK. But they know me and they figure I’m holding something back.

Hey, haven’t I been telling folks to go to Seagrove for years now. Duh!

Here’s that article:

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Work by Jack Troy

Come meet the “Clay Cousins” who are devoted to making pottery as a way of life. On May 28, from 9am-4pm and May 29, from 10am-4pm, Seagrove, NC, potters Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery hold their 3rd annual “Cousins in Clay” event. Once again they will bring a line up of renowned potters to their rural pottery community of Seagrove in central North Carolina. Three nationally known studio art potters, Jack Troy, Michael Kline, and Peter Lenzo will bring their ceramic art to Bulldog Pottery for the special two day event. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with the artists and add to your pottery collection or begin one. Bulldog Pottery is located five miles south of Seagrove’s single stop light on Alternate Highway 220.

Creative energy is clearly unlimited for Pennsylvanian potter Jack Troy, who weaves his productive life around his passion for ceramics. He began teaching young artists in 1967 at Juniata College, has taught over 185 workshops, written 2 books about clay, a book of original poems titled Calling the Planet Home, published over 60 articles and book reviews, all while producing a constant stream of pottery at his Pennsylvania studio. Troy gives homage to our state of North Carolina in his Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain book (1995), by saying, “If North America has a pottery state it must be North Carolina”.

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Work by Samantha Henneke

Like a writer creating his autobiography, South Carolinian artist Peter Lenzo sculpts head vessels that are symbolic representations of his personal story.  Intrigued by the 19th century southern pottery face jug tradition, Lenzo has created self-portrait face jugs that are clearly unique to his own personal interpretation of this long-standing southern folk art tradition.

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Work by Michael Kline

Michael Kline, a studio potter from the mountains of North Carolina, creates inspired traditional forms that are graced with his elegant floral brushwork giving a botanical theme to his wood-fired pottery jugs and jar forms. Sometimes his pots are covered with a honey amber color glaze that is as appetizing as maple syrup. Kline will be presenting brushwork demonstrations on both Saturday (2pm) and Sunday (1:30pm) during the event.

Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke have created a collaborative environment at their Bulldog Pottery studio that provides them the support to express their independent voices, more than they would be able to achieve individually. Their art pottery has become known for an eclectic mix of form, imagery, texture, pattern, and graceful design all integrated by their rich and distinctive glazes.

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Work by Bruce Gholson

Both Bulldog Pottery and Michael Kline share their personal journeys of the day-to-day life of being full time studio potters through their clay blogs. Join them to find out what is happening next in their studio at Micheal Kline’s “Sawdust and Dirt” blog (www.michaelklinepottery.blogspot.com) and Bruce and Samantha’s blog, “Around and About with Bulldog Pottery” (www.bulldogpottery.blogspot.com).

Come out for the day or spend the weekend in the “Seagrove pottery community”, where three North Carolina rural Piedmont counties come together: Randolph (known for the NC Zoo), Moore (known for Pinehurst Golf), and Montgomery (known for the beautiful Uwharrie Mountains). Bulldog Pottery’s “Cousins in Clay” brings together a rich diversity of contemporary ceramics for this two day event. “Cousins in Clay” is a kinship based on shared appreciation for the pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of clay. Visit their website (www.cousinsinclay.com) for more details and information on accommodations in the area or call 336/302-3469.

Where did the “Cousins in Clay” name come from?

The event’s name, ‘Cousins in Clay”, is attributed to fellow potter Michael Kline who referred euphemistically on his blog Sawdust and Dirt to a “visit to his clay cousins in Seagrove”, Bruce and Samantha decided to invite Michael to participate in their first Bulldog Pottery Studio Art sale, and titled it “Cousins in Clay”.  This is now an annual event.

For further information call Bulldog at 910/428-9728 or visit (www.bulldogpottery.com).

Chasing Tornados in Seagrove, NC

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Real hard core pottery lovers don’t let reports of the deadliest storm system of the year stop them from attending the Celebration of Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings in Seagrove, NC. And for all those who stayed home in fear of what they might run into in Seagrove, we see more rain, thunder and lightening on any given afternoon – all summer long, here at the lake and FYI – a tornado struck a church about 10 miles from our home today.

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Photo from Post & Courier newspaper in Charleston, SC

So tomorrow when the weather is great, all you fair-weather pottery lovers will be able to safely follow in the foot prints of the more adventuresome travelers. The potters in Seagrove still have plenty of fine pots waiting for you. Go get some.

More about my day later.

Cone 10 Studios & Gallery in Charleston, SC, Offers a Winter Wonderland Welcoming – Dec. 4, 2010

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Betsey Carter of Cone 10 Studios, located at 1080-B Morrison Drive in Charleston, SC, (in the heart of NoMo) writes that the group has finished scraping, painting, hammering, and sawing. The wheels are turning, the kilns are firing, and the gallery is stocked with fresh new work. They’re ready to show off the fabulous new studio and gallery. So mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, from 5-9pm as a reminder to attend their Winter Wonderland Welcoming.

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Cone 10 Studios & Gallery moved from Meeting Street over the summer to Morrison Street, which I’m told is the up and coming NoMo area of Charleston – North Morrison Street. At least that’s the hope as the developed area of Charleston moves into that “in-between” area known as the “neck” between North Charleston and Charleston. Out with the old industries of Charleston – In with the new residential and shopping districts. And, artist’s studios, art galleries, and artist’s colonies.

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Work by Anne John

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Work by Betsey Carter

Cone 10 Studios is a working studio and gallery of potters and sculptors featuring affordable and distinctive handcrafted pottery, sculpture, jewelry, handmade paper, and paintings. The gallery presents member and invitational exhibitions and the studio offers classes in wheelthrowing and clay sculpture as well as studio memberships to advanced ceramicists. Visitors are welcome to tour the studio.

Founded in 2000 by Susan Filley as Clay Works, the community gallery and work space has been home to hobbyists and professionals, those practicing forms and those nationally collected. It is a schoolhouse blend for the sharing of ideas and techniques and provides the ability for clay artists to combine the financial and physical responsibilities of firing in a gas reduction kiln. Cone 10 Studio offers memberships for studio space, classes in wheelthrowing and clay sculpture as well as exhibition events.

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Work by Sally Burrell

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Work by Susan Gregory

Artists with works featured at this event and on a regular basis include: Betsey Carter, Caroline Cercone, Fiorenzo Berardozzi, Susan Gregory, Anne John, Bev Ballow, Barbara Bergwerf, Arthur McDonald, Edwina Powell, Juliann Bannon, Pana Wilder, Sally Burrell and others.

For further information call 843/853-3345, e-mail at (info@cone10studios.com) or visit (www.cone10studios.com).

Ronan Kyle Peterson Offers Annual Open Studio and Holiday Sale at Nine Toes Pottery in Chapel Hill, NC – Dec. 3-5, 2010

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Peterson writes to tell our readers to “Save the Date” for the first weekend in December. (I wonder if anything else is going on that weekend?) That is Friday, Dec 3-Sunday, Dec 5, 2010, he will be having his annual Open Studio and Holiday Sale, so swing on by for some gift buying, for others and for yourself as well!

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Peterson says more details will be coming, but you can check out (www.ninetoespottery.blogspot.com) for unfolding details, or check out the Nine Toes Pottery page on Facebook.

Here’s the catch:

The studio is located behind a home on a small private street called “The Glen” off Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The Glen looks like a driveway and is easy to miss. It is located at the crest of Franklin Street between Glendale Drive and Park Place.

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Here’s some directions to help you out and of course there is always Google Maps.

From downtown Chapel Hill: Take Franklin Street East, go past N. Boundary St, get in right lane. Look for a small white sign on the right reading “The Glen”, turn right at sign and go to the bottom of hill. Make the first right into #4 The Glen.

From Durham/Raleigh: Take 15-501 towards Chapel Hill. Take the Franklin Street exit. After Estes intersection, get in left lane. Go past Cafe Driad, when you pass Davie Circle, put left blinker on and start slowing down. At very top of hill turn left at the small black sign reading “The Glen”. Go to the bottom of hill and make the first right into #4 The Glen.

Park out front and walk along the driveway to the back of the house.

You can call 919/225-6160 if you get turned around.

For further info you can also visit (www.ninetoespottery.com).

Claymakers in Durham, NC, Presents a Holiday Exhibit

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Notices about pottery events are coming in fast now, so we may have posting – one, right after another.

Claymakers in Durham, NC, is presenting an exhibit entitled, Season of Lights, to help celebrate the holiday season and bask in the warm light of luminaries, candle holders, and plenty of other pots available for the pottery lovers on your holiday gift lists – including yourself. The exhibit will open on Nov. 19, 2010, and continue through Jan. 14, 2011.

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Work by Jo Lovvorn

Season of Lights features the work of local ceramic artists Susan Filley, Evelyn Ward, Jo Lovvorn, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Julie Olson, Gillian Parke, Marsha Owen, Barbara McKenzie, Doug Dotson, and others. Functional pottery as well as one of a kind ceramic vessels will be included in their offering of porcelain, stoneware, raku, and earthenware pieces.

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Work by Evelyn Ward

Happy Holidays from everyone at Claymakers!

Claymakers is located at 705 Foster Street in Durham, NC. Gallery hours are Tue.-Sat., 11am-6pm.

For further information call 919/530-8355 or visit (www.claymakers.com).

10th Annual Carolina Pottery Festival Takes Place in Shelby, NC – Nov. 13, 2010

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Here’s another pottery festival taking place in Western North Carolina this fall. There’s a lot of events going on this fall in the Carolina pottery community.

The 10th Annual Carolina Pottery Festival will take place at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 74 Business, in Shelby, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm.

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Work by Karen Giles

The 10th Carolina Pottery Festival only happens once every 365 days! This year’s Festival will feature more than 100 local and regional potters, showing and selling their work. You can expect to see traditional, contemporary, functional, decorative and sculptural work–something for everyone! Meet the potters who create the work, find out the story behind the pottery which strikes your fancy and enjoy this indoor event at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

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Work by Walter Aberson

Admission is $3 for adults (ages 14 and younger are free) and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Cleveland County Arts Council. There is free parking adjacent to the Festival location.

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Work by Linda Dalton

For more information call Vicki Gill at 704/824-9928, e-mail to (V@carolinapotteryfestival.org) or visit (www.carolinapotteryfestival.blogspot.com).

The Big Clay and Blog Exhibit to be Shown at the Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines, NC, is Almost Here

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I’m sure some of you can’t wait until this exhibit has come and gone and I know one of those people is Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery in Seagrove, NC. This was all her idea, and I’m sure she’ll be more careful about expressing those ideas out loud in the future. It’s been a lot of extra work and worry for her, but like all good things – nothing good comes easily.

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Work by Angela Walford of Adelaide, Australia

I’m sure Meredith has ended many a day in the last months thinking – “Why didn’t I just stick to my day job?” But thank your lucky stars that there are people like Heywood in this world – they bring us the little extras in life which many times makes the difference. The difference that inspires someone else to do something extra. The difference that makes someone go the extra mile – the difference between do and didn’t.

So what did she do? Well, Meredith Heywood made the pottery “world” a little smaller and brought a taste of it to the Carolinas. And, all you have to do to experience it is go see the exhibit in Southern Pines, and if you can’t do that – at least explore the link mentioned at the bottom of this blog entry.

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Works by Emily Murphy of Minneapolis, MN

But if you really want to participate you can click the link to go to the Arts Council of Moore County’s Clay and Blog Online Gallery – where you can buy pottery by participating artists.

Here’s an article we offered in the Oct. 2010 issue of Carolina Arts, plus a few photos of some of the pottery with a link to the potter’s blog.

Arts Council of Moore County in Southern Pines, NC, Offers Exhibit of Blogging Potters

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Work by Hitomi Shibata of Seagrove, NC

The Arts Council of Moore County in Southern Pines, NC, will present the exhibit, Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story, featuring works by clay artists from throughout the world, on view at the Campbell House Galleries, from Oct. 1 – 29, 2010.

The exhibition was organized and curated by Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery in Seagrove, NC. It is hoped that the exhibit will give a glimpse into the unique community of 50 working potters who are separated by distance, but brought together through the common language of clay and the written word in a digital world. These potters share their lives, skills, thoughts, triumphs and defeats through an on-line medium called a blog or web log.

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Works by Hollis Engley of E. Falmouth, MA

Heywood offering the following about how this show came about. “Two years ago I was planning a show with a friend who is a collector. We had planned to pull together a show from the prospective of the maker, buyer and collector. My friend’s life became very busy and we had a fire at our pottery studio. For me during the ups and downs and trials of the fire, I found great strength through writing about what we were going through on my blog. But what pulled it all together for me were the comments which came back from the readers. The positive reinforcement that I needed was out there. I was not alone. I was also touched at how sharing the potters were. They were willing to share what they have learned and encourage other potters to step out and try new things.”

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Work by Jim Gottuso of Louisville, KY

“I found that different potters blog for different reasons. The blogs run from very personal to very business- like, but none of them are without that personal element. The blogs are like daily or weekly diaries into the life of a potter. Some make me laugh and some make me think. But what I found was a real connection between me and what was being written.”

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Work by Michael Mahan of Seagrove, NC

The idea to organize an exhibit featuring works by these blogging potters evolved and before Heywood knew it, the blog connections had spread from Seagrove throughout the US, into Canada and Europe – going as far away as Australia.

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Works by Tracey Broome of Chapel Hill, NC

The exhibition includes works by the following artists and bloggers: Blanie Avery, Seagrove, NC; Tim Ayers, Lewisville, NC; Zygote Blum, Stockton, CA; Tracey Broome, Chapel Hill, NC; Kyle Carpenter, Asheville, NC; Meagan Chaney, Ocala, FL; Joe & Christy Cole,Mineral Point, WI; Barbara Edwards, Berkeley, CA; Hollis Engley, E. Falmouth, MA; Carole Epp, Saskatoon, Canada; Dan Finnegan; Fredericksburg, VA; Doug Fitch, Devon, United Kingdom; Bruce Gholson & Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, NC; Jim Gottuso, Louisville, KY; Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC; Peter Gregory, Otago, New Zeagland; Patricia Griffin, Cambria, CA; Mark & Meredith Heywood, Seagrove, NC; Kari Weaver Hopkins, Burnsville, NC; Paul Jessop, Ilminster, United Kingdom; Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC; Po-Wen Liu, Greensboro, NC; Chris Luther, Seagrove, NC; Michael Mahan, Seagrove, NC; Renee Margocee, Charleston, WV; Jeff Martin, Boone, NC; Hannah McAndrew, Castle Douglas, United Kingdom; Jennifer Mecca, York, SC; Pru Morrison, Brisbane, Australia; Emily Murphy, Minneapolis, MN; Ron Philbeck, Shelby, NC; Brandon Phillips, Abilene, TX; Gary Rith, Ithaca, NY; Mel Robson, Brisbane, Australia; Cindy Shake, Anchorage, AK; Kitty Shepherd, Granada, Spain; Hitomi & Takuro Shibata, Seagrove, NC; Judy Shreve, Johns Creek, GA; Annie Singletary, Black Mountain, NC; Alex & Nancy Solla, Trumansburg, NY; Linda Starr, Lecanto, FL; Joy Tanner, Bakersville, NC; Judi Tavill, Rumson, NJ; Julia Wilkins, Mountain West, UT; and Angela Walford, Adelaide, Australia.

You can make your own connection with these bloggers by visiting Heywood’s blog at (http://whynotpotteryblog.blogspot.com/). At the top of her blog page is a link to the other 50 blogs.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arts Council at  910/692-4356 or visit (www.mooreart.org).

Tradition Turners Pottery Festival Takes Place in Lincolnton, NC – Oct. 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Here’s is another pottery festival taking place in NC. This one is a fundraisers for students. Make plans now.

The Tradition Turners Pottery Festival (Keeping the Tradition Turning for Future Generations) will take place at West Lincoln Middle School, 260 Shoal Road, just off West Hwy. 27, in Lincolnton, NC, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, from 10am to 4pm.

Admission is $5 and children under 10 get in free. The admission fee enters you for the pottery door prizes to be given away at 4pm.

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Work by Jeff Young

The Vale community is located in the Catawba Valley Pottery Region. There is a rich history of men who have carried on the old-fashioned style of pottery-making. Within a distance of 50 miles from West Lincoln Middle School, one can find over a hundred potters busy at the wheel, whether as full time artists or as hobbyists.

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Work by Olivia Walker Mourglea

The Tradition Turners Pottery Festival committee wanted a way to showcase the talented people from this area and beyond who are caring on the legacies started by such men as Burlon Craig, Harvey & Enoch Reinhardt, John Wesley Hilton, O’Henry, EJ Brown and Sylvanus Hartsoe. The Committee is comprised of those who have a love for pottery whether by collecting, turning or just admiring all aspects of pottery making.

Monies raised will support the West Lincoln Middle School Student Involvement Fund. This fund will be used for various aspects of the school and student needs.

Potters scheduled to participate include: Lorrie Anderson, Thomasville, NC; Deborah Appleby, Hayesville, NC; Gene Arnold, Mt Airy, NC; Marvin Bailey; Lancaster, SC; Libby H. Baxter, Vale, NC; Bobbie Black, Denver, NC; Ronnie Blackburn, Shelby, NC; Bruce Bley, Monroe, GA; Pebble Bryson, Carthage, NC; Renee Clemmer, Stanley, NC; Sandy Cole & Kevin Brown; Sandford, NC; Roger Corn, Lula, GA; Arnold Correll, Lenoir, NC; Hal Dedmond, Lawndale, NC; Kim Ellington, Vale, NC; Walter Fleming, Statesville, NC; Pat Foeller, Reidsville, NC; Kimbrell Frazier, Lincolnton, NC; Vicki Gill, Gastonia, NC; Deborah Gerard, Forest City, NC; Cora Hedgepath, Fort Lawn, SC; Wayne Hewell, Gillsville, GA; Gene Isenhour, Connelly Springs, NC; Freeman & Maggie Jones, Black Mountain, NC; Susan Jones, Shelby, NC; Craig & Michelle Kovack, Seagrove, NC; Michael Ledford, Shelby, NC; Richard Lee, Gastoina, NC; Kim & Rodney Leftwich, Mills River, NC; Ronald Lesley, Shelby, NC; Cynthia Link, Gaffney, SC;  Sally & Don Lufkin, Asheboro, NC; Suzon Martin, Eden, NC; Mark & Coni Merritt, Macon, GA; Raine Middleton, Denver, NC; Vicki Miller, Creston, NC; Thomas Minton, Vale, NC; Olivia Walker Mourglea & Carolyn Walker, Vale, NC; Otis Norris, McBee, SC; Wayne Norris, Coats, NC; Dianne Poovey, Vale, NC; John & Scottie Post, Vale, NC; Jim Rientjes, Greensboro, NC; Jack Sexton & Grace Carr, Mt. Holly, NC; David Slater, Madison, NC; Robert Stevens, Lancaster, SC; Randy Tobias, Sylva, NC; Steve Turpin, Homer, GA; Lin Venhuizen, Rutherdfordton, NC; Mark Williams, Bogart, GA; Rob Withrow; Brasstown, NC; and Jeff Young, Vale, NC.

For further information e-mail at (TraditionTurnersFestival@charter.net) or visit (http://traditionturnerspotteryfestival.com).

FRANK, the Franklin Street Arts Collective in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers 2010 North Carolina Clay Invitational – Sept. 7 – Oct. 24, 2010

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I learned about this new gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, when visiting the blogAround and About With Bulldog Pottery written by Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke. It’s that blog networking thing. So I contacted the gallery and here’s the press release they sent. We get our info at Carolina Arts from a variety of sources.

Here’s what we learned:

FRANK, the lively new Franklin Street Arts Collective in Chapel Hill, NC, will spotlight more than 30 of the state’s accomplished ceramic artists in the2010 North Carolina Clay Invitational. The exhibit will open Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at 7pm and run through Oct. 24, 2010.

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Work by Bruce Gholson.

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Work by Ken Sedberry.

North Carolina is known internationally for its large and vibrant community of contemporary potters and artists working in clay, as well for a rich ceramics heritage dating back to the early settlement of the state. This exhibit will present not only the work of FRANK members and consignment artists, but also that of leading ceramic artists from across the state.

The Invitational will feature every type of work, from functional pottery to sculpture. Among the celebrated artists are Cynthia Bringle, Holly Fischer, Steven Forbe de Soule, Mark Hewitt, Nick Joerling, Leah Leitson, Suze Lindsay, and Mary-Ann Prack. Admission is free, and many of the featured artists will attend the public opening to answer questions and discuss their work.

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Work by Mark Hewitt.

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Work by Nick Joerling.

FRANK’S popular TGI Thursday Salons, held every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, will feature talks by noted clay artists and throwing demonstrations by FRANK member Susan Filley. At the salons, musical performances will include the 1930′s band, Skeedaddle.

The TGI Thursdays schedule for this exhibition includes:

Sept. 2, 2010, at 6pm – Brand Fortner, Professor at UNC will talk about the physics of color and discuss the breakdown of histograms.

Sept. 9, 2010, at 6pm – Daniel Johnston, will talk about making large pots – traditional techniques from NC &Thailand.

Sept. 16, 2010, at 6pm – a representative from STARworks Ceramics, located in Star, NC, will give a talk about, Where and what is clay? The process of making the material.

Sept. 23, 2010, at 7pm – Mark Hewitt, a renowned studio potter, will offer a talk on his favorite NC pots.

Sept. 30, 2010, at 6pm – Terry Zug, author of The North Carolina Pottery Tradition will give a talk.

FRANK will also collaborate with Kidzu, offering a special event for Kidzu kids to see the clay exhibit, watch a throwing demonstration, and then return to Kidzu to make their own project in clay.

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Work by Samantha Henneke.

FRANK, featuring works from more than 80 artists, is the newest gallery for the visual arts in the Triangle. The 3400-square-foot gallery occupies the former Kerr Drug retail store on historic Franklin Street. The gallery offers ceramics, paintings, photography and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, crafts, wearables, and gifts. FRANK hosts changing exhibitions, educational programs and community networking opportunities.

FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Hours are Tues. – Sat., 11am – 6pm; Thurs. till 8pm and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further information call Barbara Rich, Gallery Director, at 919/636-4135 or visit (http://frankisart.com/).

The Exhibit “Clay ‘n Blogs: Telling a Story” is Just Around the Corner, but it has Started Already

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Did you ever want to buy a teapot that was made in New Zealand or some teabowls that were made in Australia? If so – you’re in luck. I’m going to tell you how you can do just that. But, first…

So, it’s almost September and I guess it’s time for another reminder of the upcoming exhibition, Clay ‘n Blogs: Telling a Story, which will be on view at the Campbell House Galleries, home of the Moore County Arts Council, from Oct. 1 – 29, 2010, in Southern Pines, NC. After all, Carolina Arts is one of the media sponsors of the exhibit and I guess you want to know how you can buy those far-off items I mentioned. In due time.

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Work by Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC

This exhibition is the brain-child of Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery in Seagrove, NC. The exhibit will give viewers a glimpse into a unique community of 50 working potters who are separated by distance, but brought together through the common language of clay and the written word in a digital world. These potters share their lives, skills, thoughts, triumphs and defeats through an on-line medium called a blog or web log.

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Work by Ron Philbeck, Charlotte, NC

Meredith’s blog is on my list to check in regularly. I learn what’s going on with Whynot Pottery and the Seagrove community, plus get a view of the world through her blog list – when I have time.

So here’s the news:

As an added feature to the Clay ‘n Blogs: Telling a Story exhibit at Campbell House Galleries, the Moore County Arts Council is proud to offer works by participating potters for online purchases only. Check out the Clay ‘n Blogs Online Gallery at this link. You’ll find a teapot made by Peter Gregory of Old Post Office Gallery in Otago, New Zealand, teabowls by Mel Robson of Brisbane, Australia, as well as works by other potters from around the world, around the US and around the Carolinas.

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Work by Peter Gregory of Otago, New Zealand

Both Meredith and I know you’re all not going to get to see the exhibition, but why should you be denied the opportunity to participate. You can go to her blog, Whynot Pottery Blog where every Friday she posts images of pottery works. You can go back through her archives to see the Friday postings. But, to get the complete picture you need to check out this link on her blog – it tells and shows all.

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Work by Mel Robson of Brisbane, Australia

This doesn’t let you off the hook of going to see the exhibit, it just gives you an excuse – if you’re going to need one. I hope you won’t.

So you see, this exhibition which doesn’t start until Oct. 1, 2010 – has already started. You just need to go check it all out before you’re the last one to do so.