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A Day Without Art in Salisbury, NC

Monday, December 6th, 2010


Delivering our Dec. 2010 issue of Carolina Arts was a little strange, including delivering one night when the overnight low temp was 70 degrees and then the low the next evening was 27 degrees. But when I reached Salisbury, NC, and started my route of deliveries to galleries and other stops, I really saw something unusual.

It started when I passed by a sculpture by Gretchen Lothrop, which was part of the 2010 Salisbury Sculpture Show, which is still on view through Dec. 31, 2010. As I drove past it – I could see some kind of a dark fabric draped over part of it – it reminded me the way crosses are draped during Easter. At least I thought it was a dark fabric, but it was also very dark outside – it was about 5:30am Thursday morning.

When I got to the Rowan County Library on Fisher Street I found out what was going on with Lothrop’s sculpture. The four sculptures near the library were covered by dark black shrouds and a sign announcing that this artwork was being covered in observance of World AIDS Day – A Day Without Art (Dec. 1st annually).

I knew all about Dec. 1, but this was the first time I’ve really seen an effective demonstration of the concept of a day without art – which is hard to pull off as art is such a part of our everyday lives – even if most people don’t know it. I tip my hat to the Rowan County AIDS Task Force and the artists, arts organizations and even art galleries who worked with them to get this message across.

A day later and I would have missed it all.

The Burning by Paris Alexander from Salisbury Post

Here’s a little bit of what was published in the Salisbury Post:

Local advocates are putting art under a shroud to cast a spotlight on AIDS.

For World AIDS Day today, the Rowan County AIDS Task Force is working to acknowledge those living with AIDS in Rowan County. The task force has borrowed an idea pioneered in the country’s major cities.

Hundreds of artists, designers and entertainers died of AIDS in America’s cities in the late 1980s. As a memorial, many nationally prominent museums and galleries shrouded art works on World AIDS Day for a Day Without Art.

With the cooperation of the city of Salisbury, the AIDS Task Force is planning its own statement. Art objects included in the 2010 Salisbury Sculpture Show will be shrouded — covered with black cloth — today. So will pottery, paintings and art work in or around various shops and art galleries in Salisbury. Twenty-five Blue Masque students at Catawba College will wear black Wednesday and AIDS awareness signs. The largest work of art to be shrouded will be the massive Livingstone College Bear sculpture on the school’s quadrangle.

Shrouds were placed over the works Tuesday and will be removed Thursday.

You can read the whole article in the Salisbury Post at this link.

When I got to Pottery 101 on So. Main Street I could see in through the windows that some of the displays of pottery were also covered with black shrouds. This was possible as Pottery 101 leaves lights on during the night – a good form of advertising during closed hours. You never know who will be walking or driving by at any hour.

Although for me – the whole city was under a sort of dark shroud – the demonstration was really effective and I’m sure it was just as effective for folks in Salisbury who were used to seeing a lot of art around their city.

As I think I’ve said before – they take their art seriously in Salisbury, NC.

Word and Pictures are Starting to Come Out from the 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Some of the blogging potters in Seagrove, NC, who are part of the 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters have started posting pictures and feedback on their blogs.

If you can’t read between the lines – I couldn’t go this year – I’m spend the weekend working on another pottery project. Announcement coming soon.

First word came from Around and About with Bulldog Pottery by Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery. They’re young with lots of energy. And, Michael Mahan posting at From the Ground Up has offered images of his booth.

I’m sure it won’t be long before we see a report from Meredith and Mark Heywood on the Whynot Pottery Blog about what’s been going on.

New – I’ve added in Touya News the blog of Takuro Shibata and Hitomi Akebi Shibata and Turning Mud Into Gemstones the blog of Jennie Lorette Keatts. Both have added more info from the Celebration.

All of their blogs offer links to other blog where news may be soon popping up. So, if you’re like me and can’t go this year – live through the blogs.

This morning I got a call from my friend Will Ravenel who went with me to the Celebration last year – from the Celebration. He was wondering if I was on my way. I wish. And, then later he called to tell me I was again responsible for him leaving a boat load of money in Seagrove.

It’s what I do – turn people on to ways they can better spend their money – on items with lasting value. And, if you only look – that’s OK too.

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Features New Exhibit of Works by NC Pottery Collectors

Friday, November 19th, 2010


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, will present the exhibition, Collector’s Eye, Series I: Seven Perspectives, on view from Nov. 23, 2010 through Feb. 12, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, from 3:30-5:30pm and is being sponsored by The North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild, based in Raleigh, NC. The Reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibit will explore North Carolina pottery through pieces selected by seven North Carolina collectors. The collectors in this series are Monty Busick, Steve Compton, Bragg Cox, Leon Danielson, Joe Foster, George Hoffman and Joe Wilkinson. This exhibit presents an interesting perspective on North Carolina pottery. This is the first of the Collector’s Eye series that will begin the visual journey around the state through the collector’s eyes.


Monty Busick, an educator for 37 years and currently a consultant for Wake County Schools, is the current president of the NC Pottery Collectors’ Guild. His collection is from the Seagrove and Pittsboro areas, focusing on Mark Hewitt’s apprentice’s work.

Leon Danielson, an Economics Educator at NC State in Raleigh, and wife Sue moved to NC in 1972. They collect NC art and utilitarian pottery generally with emphasis on Hilton Pottery from the Catawba Valley. Their collection of Tobacco Road Pottery is remarkable; they established this business with a partner in 1979 utilizing the turning skills of C.B. Craven and the artistic talents of Ernestine Hilton Sigmon.

Joe Wilkinson, an Antique and Fine Arts dealer from Spring Hope, worked summers in the early 1970’s with Dot and Walter Auman at Seagrove Pottery, developing a concentrated interest in pottery. Wilkinson collects Transition Period Pottery 1916-1930 and utilitarian pottery being transformed by Arts and Crafts influences.

Steve Compton was first introduced to North Carolina’s pottery traditions in the mid 1970’s while on assignment as a photographer for the Mebane Enterprise-Journal. Compton collects 18th to 19th century earthenware, utilitarian salt-glazed and alkaline-glazed stoneware, and early to mid-20th century art pottery. He is currently District Superintendent for the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Bragg Cox, a North Carolina native, has collected NC Pottery for twelve years; he collects early utilitarian, transitional, art and figurals from North Carolina and focuses on pieces with exceptional glazes, decoration and form. He also collects Southern decorative arts including folk art.

Joe Foster is a self taught potter, having begun as a pottery collector. He began working for Archie Teague around his shop in the 1990’s where he learned a great deal. When Archie died suddenly in 1998 Foster found himself with the increased responsibility for the day to day operations of the shop.

George Hoffman, originally from Delaware, OH, has been collecting pottery for twenty five years. He began collecting North Carolina pots when he was traveling down Hwy 220 from Ohio and stopped in Seagrove at Seagrove Pottery on his way to Seven Lakes. He collects early Jugtown, early Ben Owen III, Billy Ray Hussey, and candlesticks.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for 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 North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild is organized for the purpose of fostering and supporting the folk pottery heritage of North Carolina and the interest of those with affinity for the rich traditions and wares of this industry. The Guild’s efforts advance this purpose in numerous ways including: collecting, organizing, and sharing information related to North Carolina potteries, potters, and their wares; identifying knowledgeable persons; documenting collections and research materials associated with North Carolina pottery; encouraging new North Carolina pottery collectors, and expanding the market for North Carolina pottery.


The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm.

For more information call 336/873-8430 or visit (

NC Pottery Center Raffles Off Mark Hewitt Pot at 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC – This Weekend

Friday, November 19th, 2010


If you plan to visit the 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potter this weekend at the historic Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove, NC, you want to be sure to stop by the North Carolina Pottery Center booth for your chance to win this beautiful Mark Hewitt pot. Raffle tickets are only $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.  We hope to see you there!

Raffle to benefit the North Carolina Pottery Center

Purchase your tickets at the NCPC booth located at the entrance to the potters exhibit hall.

Two Gallon Jar, Wood-fired salt glazed stoneware, with medallions and blue glass runs, 16″ H x 11″ D, retail Value: $250

Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC, Offer Show & Sale – Dec. 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I’m sure the first thing regular readers of Carolina Arts Unleashed will be asking themselves after reading this headline is – How are Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke going to have anything left to sell after the 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters, which takes place Nov. 19 – 21, 2010? Well, they probably will sell everything they’ve made up to then at the Celebration, but like the makers of Doritos who used to advertise – Eat all you want – we’ll make more – they’ll have plenty to sell you as they’ll be making more all the time. And since they have been experimenting with glazes lately – the more will not only be different, but perhaps – if you can believe it – more interesting with every new kiln load. You may even want to check in if you attended the Celebration to see what’s warm right out of the kiln.


Don’t worry – they work like beavers and Ed and Gloria Henneke and Max the bulldog – the entire crew at Bulldog Pottery will chip in to make sure your holiday shopping will not fall short by visiting them on Dec. 4th.

Here’s their press release:

Blue Ant by Samantha Henneke, porcelain, molybdenum crystalline glazes

On Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, from 9:30am-5:30pm Seagrove potters Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke will have a fresh variety of pottery in their shop for the holiday season. Visit them at their Bulldog Pottery studio, located at 3306 US Hwy 220 Seagrove, NC, for lively conversation about their recent work and light refreshments. There are always new creative endeavors in the works at Bulldog Pottery, where Bruce and Samantha let their muses inspire them from one series of experiments to another. Their interests are diverse and they are always developing different glazes and color combinations to facilitate their ideas. Whether they are designing their functional Moka glaze pottery, decorative molybdenum crystalline vases, or glazed porcelain wall hangings, they enjoy coming up with new twists.  Follow their ceramic progress and the most recent happenings in their studio at their blog, Around and About with Bulldog Pottery found at (

Spider Yunomi by Bruce Gholson, porcelain, molybdenum crystalline glazes

Bulldog Pottery studio is a collaborative environment that provides them with support to help express themselves as individuals, as well as, a working team. They brainstorm for ideas by formulating and testing clays, glazes, surface treatments, and playing off of each other’s intuition about the materials and processes. Bruce Gholson has been fascinated with fishing, fossils, reptiles and insects since childhood. Recent interests have included Chinese scholar stones, arrowheads, and the materials and geology of our region. Samantha Henneke is inspired by their home garden, and the interplay of activity and color between plant, insect and animal life forms.

Once the holiday season goes into full swing, and the Celebration of Seagrove Potters has taken place on November 19-21 in Seagrove, Bulldog Pottery will not be alone in keeping up production in the studio through December. Seagrove and Bulldog Pottery enthusiasts will have plenty of new pottery to choose from. The reality is that many industrious Seagrove potters are still making pots for December and will have an abundance of pottery coming out of their kilns after the famous “Celebration of Seagrove Potters” event. Bulldog Pottery is located, 5 miles south of the town of Seagrove, NC, on Business 220 (right off of future Interstate 73/74).

For more information about Samantha and Bruce’s holiday kiln opening call them at 336/302-3469, e-mail to (, or visit (

Seagrove Potters for Peace Raise Money for Greg Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

The Seagrove Potters for Peace 2010 fundraiser for Three Cups of Teaauthor Greg Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute has raised nearly $6000 so far.

That’s enough money to buy school uniforms for over 1100 children, or pay the annual school fees for nearly 300 students.


“Our kick-off weekend in August was very successful” stated organizer Beth Gore of Cady Clay Works. “ We sold three times as many pottery items as last year, but we started with five times as many so there are still pieces for sale. We’d love to wind up this event and put all the money to work building schools.”

The twenty-four participating potters designed one-of-a-kind, specially signed pieces for this event that are unique and collectible, donating half of the purchase price to CAI. The potters hope that customers will buy these special pieces for Christmas gift giving. “It’s an opportunity for your gift dollars to work three ways,” says Gore. “Each purchase helps peace efforts by educating youth, supports a North Carolina potter, and is a special gift for a loved one.”

Mortenson’s efforts to build schools and educate youth in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been recognized world-wide, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and are endorsed by the US military who turn to him for advise. “After all,” says Gore, “what could be a more appropriate Christmas present than the gift of peace?”

For more information and a list of participating potters, go to ( or call 910/464-5661.

Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, NC, Offers Annual Gallery Gala – Nov. 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Cady Clay Works will hold their annual Gallery Gala on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, from 9am to 5pm. Featured works will be wood-fired pottery by John Mellage and Beth Gore and “Images of North Carolina” paintings by Winston-Salem, NC, artist Fe de la Torre.


Over 600 new wood-fired pottery pieces from the annual firing of the wood kiln will be available. New designs include vases, platters, plates, bowls, birdhouses, bird sculptures, candlesticks, carafes, pitchers, mugs, tumblers and goblets.

Each piece of pottery is made by hand on the potter’s wheel by John Mellage or sculpted from slabs of clay by Beth Gore. They work in both stoneware and porcelain clay with subtle glaze accents. The wood-firing process itself completes the decoration of each piece, adding wood-ash drips and color flashing from the flame path.


Fe de la Torre’s paintings are reflections of her daily North Carolina life – chickens in her father’s farmyard, children playing in the surf at the beach, a young girl with her pony. They are full of energy.

Refreshments will be served and studio and kiln tours area available for a “behind the scenes” view of the pottery process.

Cady Clay Works is located in the Westmoore community, just south of Seagrove NC.


For more information, contact Cady Clay Works at 910/464-5661 or visit (

3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters Takes Place in Seagrove, NC – Nov. 19 – 21, 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

It’s not too early to plan to attend this event. This is probably just the first of info we will bring you about the Celebration of Seagrove Potters. But this will give you the basics so you can plan to be there. They’re planning so you can plan. And this is a big event – not to be missed by any serious collector. The auctions offer unique collaborative works you won’t be able to get anywhere else but at this event.

Here’s the info:


Planning for the 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is underway and the participating artists are all busily working on special pieces for the Celebration, as well as on collaborative pieces to be auctioned on Friday night, Nov. 19, 2010. Last year’s event, the 2nd Annual Celebration was a resounding success drawing over 400 people to the Friday night Gala and over 5,000 from NC and many surrounding states to the two day sales event. The event generated a total measurable financial impact of $485,214.

The Celebration is unique in that it is a showcase of the artists of Seagrove, NC, an area that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery counties. Over 90 of the Seagrove potters that earn their living making pottery in the local Seagrove community will be participating in the annual event. Seagrove pottery has long been known for it collectability and the Seagrove name is recognized worldwide.

Work from Chad Brown Pottery

Located in the central piedmont, the town of Seagrove is at the intersection of NC Business Highway 220 and NC Highway 705, which in 2002 was designated as Pottery Highway because it runs through the heart of pottery country. Seagrove potters are located throughout the countryside, all around these two major roads, and are all easily accessible from them. The shops are diverse and interesting, and all worthy of a visit and most will be open throughout the Celebration weekend.

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters will again be held indoors at the historic Luck’s Cannery, on NC 705, Pottery Highway, located a half mile south of the traffic light in Seagrove. The Celebration potters admire and plan to continue the spirit of the original Luck’s Cannery – people of the Seagrove area working together to provide a future for their community.

Work from The Hutch Pottery

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters will open on Friday evening, Nov. 19, 2010, at 6pm with a Gala Preview Party. Meet the artists and enjoy the opening night festivities of this fabulous event as visitors have the first opportunity to browse and purchase from the thousands of pieces, sip a favorite beverage and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, while listening to the jazz band of Joe Robinson. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to preview a select collection of unique collaborative pieces. This highly successful venture, teaming Seagrove artists, to produce highly collectable one-of-a-kind pieces was very popular in prior years. This artwork will be auctioned at 8pm on Friday evening. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. They may be purchased on-line at ( Gala ticket price includes admission to the event on Saturday and Sunday as well.

An image from last year’s Gala auction – Ben Owen holding a
work he and Will McCanless created

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, the show is open from 9am to 6pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. A second fundraising auction will be held at 4pm, Saturday. Food and beverage vendors will be set up including 3 Kings Barbeque, Marco Enterprises, and Pacific Rim Noodle House among others. A special Kids area (only kids allowed in to buy Seagrove pottery at kids prices!) will raise funds to be donated to local schools art departments, demonstrations and educational opportunities will be available, and much more. Watch the web site ( for upcoming information.

Work from JLK Jewelry and Jugtown Pottery

The following Seagrove potteries and artists will be participating: Avery Pottery & Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Bluestone Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Caldwell-Hohl Artworks, Chad Brown Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Country Pots, Cross Creek Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, David Stuempfle Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dirtworks, Dixieland Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, Dover Pottery, Fat Beagle Pottery, Fireshadow Pottery, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield Pottery, Hickory Hill Pottery, Jeff Brown & Michelle Hastings Pottery, JLK Jewelry at Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, King’s Pottery, Koepnick Pottery, Kovack Pottery, Lantern Hill Pottery, Latham’s Pottery, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin Pottery, McCanless Pottery, McKay Pottery, Nelda French Pottery, Nichols Pottery, Old Gap Pottery, Ole Fish House Pottery, “Original” Owens Pottery, Pebbles Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Potts Pottery, Ray Pottery, Riggs Pottery, Rockhouse Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Studio Touya, The Hutch Pottery, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery, Turn & Burn, Uwharrie Crystalline, Westmoore Pottery, Whynot Pottery, Windsong Pottery, and Zehmer Pottery.

Visit ( to learn more about the festival and potters and find links to the individual pottery pages.

Work by Syd Luck

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters festival has received strong support from potters and the community at large. Special thanks to our 2010 Sponsors: Amicks Superstore, Century Link, Community One, First Bank, Insurance Associates of the Triad, Life 103.1, Mistletow Meadows, NC Zoological Society, Our State Magazine, Progress Energy, Pugh Funeral Home, Randolph Electric, Richard and Susan Garkalns, STARworks, The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, and Village Printing with more coming on board each week.

For further information e-mail ( or visit ( You can also learn more at the Seagrove Area Potters Association website at (

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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 ( 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 (

Avery Pottery and Tileworks in Seagrove, NC, Offers Fall Kiln Opening – Oct. 16 & 17, 2010

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The Avery Pottery and Tileworks Fall Kiln Opening – Tea Pots Big and Small & Tiles Shiny and Bright – will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, Oct. 17, from 11am-4pm, at 636 Potters Way Road in Seagrove, NC.

Blaine M. Avery, resident potter says, “With the cooler weather coming on as fall approaches it makes me think of hot tea! I’ve been working on some large tea pots pushing the boundaries of function just for the fun of it! Making some individual use sized ones too, just the right size for a tea for two, three or more. Small tea mugs and cups are also in the works.”


“I’m also excited about some of the new glazes coming out on the tiles,” adds Avery. “Shiny, fluid and so vibrant they bring such life to the surface. For the first time I’ll have some hand painted tiles from the salt kiln too.”


“The leaves should be beautiful for this weekend a great time of year for a drive in the amazing countryside around Seagrove, I so love this time of year! The Poplar leaves are just now starting to turn their always the first to start. I’m looking forward to the cool crisp fall air and hot pots fresh from the kiln!,” says Avery.

Avery’s work has been exhibited nationally in several solo and group gallery exhibitions like the Strictly Functional National in Lancaster, PA, NC State Craft Center’s From These Hands in Raleigh, NC. His work can be seen in publications such as Ceramics Monthly and Lark Books’ 500 Bowls and Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firing. Along with private and corporate collections, his work is included in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Avery has been a studio potter since 1991. He took a position apprenticing with Sid Oakley at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC. After a year under Sid’s direction, he stayed on at Cedar Creek, renting studio space as a resident artist, and selling his work through the gallery, along with other galleries throughout the southeast. In 2002, Avery moved to Seagrove to open his own retail gallery and studio, Avery Pottery & Tileworks. Today, Avery sells his work primarily through his gallery, through select craft galleries and fine craft shows.

“Inspired by an amalgamation of ancient cultures, the gestural surface decorations on my work are applied with porcelain slip and under glazes at the green stage of the process. Layering the slip designs underneath the glaze creates a greater sense of depth that accentuates the contours of the forms. Pattern, rhythm, imagery and color are all used to complete the form, which is grounded in the bold and refined characteristics of traditional southern folk pottery,” says Avery.

For further information call 336/873-7923 or visit (