Archive for October, 2010

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 (

South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Forms to Help SC’s Artists

Monday, October 25th, 2010

It’s good to see that the SC Arts Commission is finally getting around to providing SC’s artists a service that has been in NC for over 20 years. North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a network of lawyers in North Carolina with experience in art law issues. Find info at this link.

Although I had to get the info from a third party involved – not the SC Arts Commission, I don’t mind saying this is a good thing.

Better late than never, but pretty late compared to our neighbors – who they always say they try to work in conjunction with.

Here’s the info:

The University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, SC, has partnered with area arts organizations to give them and the low-income artists they represent a new resource for legal assistance.

The South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will offer an online service that provides pro-bono assistance to the arts community.

This new resource is available at (

The SCVLA is a project of the school’s Pro Bono Program and Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, as well as the SC Arts Commission and the SC Bar Pro Bono Program. It refers those needing legal assistance to lawyers who have agreed to donate their time.

“This collaboration has been in the works for many years,” said Ken May, executive director at the SC Arts Commission. “We’re proud to see that it has come to fruition and is now providing the South Carolina arts community with this valuable service.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the law school to expand its relationship with the communities surrounding it,” said Walter F. Pratt Jr., dean of the School of Law. “Building on our nationally known Pro Bono Program, this new venture will allow even more students to learn the value of service to their community while, at the same time, acquiring skills that will make them better lawyers in the future.”

The service uses an online application system to gather facts from artists and arts organizations to match them with appropriate legal representation. SCVLA, cannot assign an attorney to a specific client, nor can it assist all clients. Some clients may be referred to an attorney outside the program.

Artists and arts organizations seeking legal advice or lawyers interested in volunteering their service can visit ( to complete an online application.

5th Charleston Art Auction Takes Place in Charleston, SC – Nov. 6, 2010

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

This is the big event in Charleston for long-time or first-time art collectors. Charleston’s entire visual art community will be putting it’s best on display this weekend. The auction is an interesting event in itself. You can read what I’ve said about it in a previous posting at this link.


Read about this year’s event here:

The first weekend in November traditionally marks the Charleston Fine Art Annual hosted by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) in Charleston, SC’s Historic District. On Nov. 3, 5-6, 2010, CFADA welcomes once again avid art collectors and nationally renowned artists to celebrate the diverse fine art that the growing art market of Charleston has to offer. The weekend filled with art events features art openings at CFADA member galleries, plein air painting, an art auction and lectures. Proceeds will benefit Charleston County High Schools’ fine art programs.

Work by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner

Saturday evening, Nov. 6, 2010, is dedicated to the 5th Charleston Art Auction. This elegant evening presented by the Charleston Art Auction features a preview/reception at 6pm followed by an art auction at 7pm. The auction features historically significant paintings and drawings together with contemporary works by recognized American artists.

Work by Mary Whyte

“The Charleston Art Auction is privileged to participate in the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s 12th Charleston Fine Art Annual, a premier weekend featuring over twenty-five leading artists, exhibiting at CFADA member galleries and painting in Washington Park,” said Jack A. Morris, Jr. of Morris & Whiteside Galleries. “Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work in Washington Park on Saturday morning from 9am until noon and make arrangements to leave Absentee Bids on works in progress at the park. All works will be framed and brought to the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, 68 Wentworth Street, for a cocktail preview on Saturday evening from 5-7 pm.”

Work by Rhett Thurman

The plein air works will then be incorporated in the live Charleston Art Auction, blended throughout the sale following lot #32 and lot #82. The entire proceeds from the sale of the plein air pieces, including Buyer’s Premium, will benefit the Charleston County High Schools’ fine art programs.

Works presented in the auction (except works created that day in Washington Park) can be previewed on Nov. 6, from 10am-7pm at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.

Work by Shannon Smith

Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. Tickets are $50 per person (this includes a fully illustrated sales catalogue). The Marriott Renaissance Hotel offers a special group rate for the weekend. Call 800/605-1498 and ask for the Charleston Art Auction group rate.

If you can’t be there in person to make your bids, absentee and telephone bid arrangements can be made by calling 843/842-4433. You can view the auction catalogue online at this link.

Work by Alfred Hutty

The Charleston Art Auction was founded in 2006 by Morris & Whiteside Galleries located in Hilton Head Island, SC, and The Sylvan Gallery located in Charleston, as the premier Southern art auction. Please visit ( for more information.

The Charleston Fine Art Annual raises funds that keep art alive in local high schools. Since 2004, CFADA has donated over $150,000 to art programs at eleven local high schools. “With each passing year, we receive less and less funding for art programs,” says Jim Braunreuther, fine arts coordinator for the Charleston County School District. “It concerns me greatly as art classes give students focus, discipline and a sense of belonging. They build motivation and empathy, teaching them to be self-starters and committed.”

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is the source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for avid collectors and passionate art enthusiasts and supports the artists of the future. CFADA has donated more than $170,000 to local high schools, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Redux Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston.

CFADA member galleries include: Ann Long Fine Art, Carolina Galleries, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Horton Hayes Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Robert Lange Studios, Smith-Killian Fine Art, The Sylvan Gallery, and Wells Gallery.

For more information on CFADA, please visit ( and for ticket reservations for the auction call 843/842-4433.

Artists, Art Collectors, Everyone – Beware!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

There is an interesting article everyone in the visual art community should read in Columbia, SC’s  The State today (10/24/10) written by Helen O’Neill, an AP correspondent. Here’s the link. I’m sure this story is appearing in a lot of Sunday newspapers around the country.

Don’t think things like this couldn’t happen in the little old Carolinas – they have. It might have been on a much smaller scale but it has happened and could be taking place now.

The lesson is – make the arts more business like and less – who you know or who you think you know.

Kentucky Artisan Center Goes Extra Miles for Kentucky’s Visual Artists

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

It’s funny how you can run into something that takes on a life of its own. That’s what happened when I wrote a story about a visit to the Kentucky Artisan Center on my way to Michigan this summer. Ever since I wrote that entry, readers have been e-mailing me about items relating to that story. First, it was about TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia, an artisan center in Beckley, WV, and then a Charleston, SC, on-line publication,, asked if I would write up my idea of a SC artisan center at the intersection of I-26 and I-95, and now an artist in Kentucky who came across the story sent me a link to an article in The Richmond Register about the Kentucky Artisan Center setting up a satellite gallery in Lexington, KY, for a big event. It seems there is no limit to what the Kentucky Artisan Center or State of Kentucky will go to in helping Kentucky’s artists.


It would be nice to see some of that here in SC. Wouldn’t it be nice if the SC Arts Commission or the state of SC would open an artisan center in Charleston, SC, during the run of the Spoleto Festival USA each year – showcasing our artists to that audience? At least that is cheaper than building an artisan center.

You can read the article in at this link.

You can read my last entry on this issue at this link.

Here’s the article that was in The Richmond Register.

Here’s the newspaper article:

Artisan Center to open store at WEG – September 20, 2010


BEREA — For the first time, visitors will be able to shop at a Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea store in Lexington. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will showcase the creative works of over 400 of its Kentucky artisans in a satellite store created for The Kentucky Experience complex at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park from Sept. 25 through Oct. 10.


Housed inside the Kentucky Proud Product Pavilion, which is one of three buildings that make up The Kentucky Experience complex, this satellite store will be a smaller version of the center’s main facility off I-75 in Berea, but will look and feel very much the same.

Showcased in the store will be a wide range of Kentucky artisan works including pottery, jewelry, woodworking, baskets and fiber art; two-dimensional art such as paintings, prints, photography and note cards; books by Kentucky authors, beauty products and home furnishings and a selection of Kentucky music and Kentucky Proud food products.


The Kentucky Artisan Center Satellite Store will include over 2,000 products created by 400 Kentucky artisans from over 140 Kentucky communities in more than 85 counties. The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. except for Sept. 25, when it will be open until 10 p.m., Oct. 5 when it will close at 5:30 p.m. and Oct.10 when it will close at 5 p.m. This store is one of many areas the public can visit with a General Admission ticket.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea also is presenting at this location, demonstrations and book signings by Kentucky artisans, and the Kentucky Proud program is presenting food samplings daily. These events are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kentucky Proud Product Pavilion.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to introduce Kentuckians and visitors from around the world to the creative works being made by the state’s talented artisans,” said Victoria Faoro, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Executive Director. “We hope that people attending the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will visit the Kentucky Experience complex to enjoy all that Kentucky has to offer, and shop in the Artisan Center at Berea’s Satellite Store in the Kentucky Proud Product Pavilion— to take home wonderful Kentucky artisan-made products.”

Throughout the games, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will also be open regular hours at its Berea location at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, just off I-75 at exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the café is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The center features works by more than 650 artisans from 100 counties across the commonwealth.

For information, call 859/985-5448 or visit the center’s website at (

Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, Features Annual SC Watermedia Society Show

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, is presenting the, South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 33rd  Annual Exhibition, on view through Nov. 21, 2010.


The exhibition includes 75 works selected from the Society’s membership, SC’s largest statewide visual arts group, by this year’s juror, Barbara Nechis. The Top 30 Award winning entries will travel around SC to art venues throughout the following year.

Barbara Nechis, is an artist who has developed a style known for its masterful balance of spontaneity and control of the watercolor brush. She holds a BA in History and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester and an MS from Alfred University. She was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Nechis has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society. She is the author ofWatercolor From the Heart (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1993) andWatercolor the Creative Experience (North Light Books, 1979). Her work appears in many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art, IBM, and Citicorp. Nechis resides in Napa Valley in northern California.

The Letter by Kathy Caudill

The Top 30 Award Winners and selections for the 2010 South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Show include: Best of  Show for $1000- Steve and Miriam McCrae Memorial Award – Kathy Caudill, (dry brush watercolor on paper) The Letter; Guy Lipscomb Memorial Award for $600 –  Denise Greer, (watercolor, some acrylic, painted collage paper) Daybreak; Williams and Fudge Award for $500 –  Steve Garner, (acrylic) After Dinner Confrontation; Springs Creative Products Group Award for $500 –  Barbara Stitt, (acrylic/collage on paper) Oracle;

Oracle by Barbara Stitt

Becca and Harry Dalton Award  for $500 – Steve Jordan, (watercolor on illustration board) Bottoms Up; Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Award for $300 – Trish Arnold, (watercolor on paper) Footprints and Raindrops;  Florence Visual Artists Guild Award for $250 – Harriet Goode, (acrylic, Caren Dache and charcoal on paper) Puzzle; Gatewood R. Kistler Memorial Award for $250 – Seth Rouser, (acrylic on paper) The Correspondence; In Honor of the William Randolph Sims Family given by Allen and Randolph Armstrong for $250 –  Rose Metz, (acrylic) Still Life; In Memory of Lena Massara Memorial Award for $250 – Lee Monts, (acrylic on canvas textured with gesso) Abstracting the Respite of My Childhood;

Melt Away by Wendyth Wells

City Art/ Art Express Award for $200 – Carrie Burns Brown, (acrylic on canvas) Emerging Elements; The Artists of Studio South Award for $200 – Arnold Carrouth, (acrylic mix/ paper hand painted) Untitled; The Palmetto Bank Award for $200 – Anne Hightower-Patterson, (watercolor and casein)Power Lunch; Georgetown County Watercolor Society Award for $200 – Carolyn Epperly, (watercolor on paper) Alkmaar Market; Past Presidents Award – $150 – JoAnne Anderson, (watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencil on bristol board) Almost Done;

After Dinner Confrontation by Steve Garner

Artists Helping Artists Award for $150 – Terry Laughlin, (acrylic) Two Dozen; Fine Arts Emporium Award for $100 –  Joana Wardell, (acrylic on paper) Perilous Journey; Catawba River Art Guild Award for $100 – Maura Kenny, (watercolor/appliqué) Memories Like Paper Dolls II; Crooked Creek Art League Award for $100 – Nancy Clayton, (acrylic on paper) Pullet Surprise; Trenholm Artists Guild Award for $100 – John Davis, (watercolor/acrylic) An Old Friend;

Life’s Puzzle by Patsy Tidwell-Painton

Seven Oaks Art League Award for $100 – M.C. Churchill-Nash, (watercolor on bristol board) The Bulls; Friends of Ralph L. Hamilton Award for $100 –  Alice Bachman, (acrylic on gel medium illustration series) No Vacancy; Jean Kirby Plowden Award for $100 – Wendyth Wells, (watercolor on clayboard)Melt Away; Husbands and Wives and Friends of Artists Award for $100 – Al Beyer, (gouache, watercolor) Geoff; Friends of Steve McCrae Award for $50 – Randolph New Armstrong, (acrylic) The Daisy; Betty Caughman Award for $50 – Al Stine, (watercolor on paper) Verda Mae; The Art Emporium Award for $50 –  Marcia Murry, (watercolor) Front Porch Blues; Leroy Springs/Springmaid Workshop voucher redeemable for $547.40 at workshop – Patsy Tidwell-Painton, (acrylic) Life’s Puzzle; M. Graham and Co. Merchandise Award worth $500 –   Barbara St. Denis, (watercolor and acrylic collage on #140 Arches) Time Series 140: Within; and Cheap Joe’s Merchandise Award worth $250 – Blaine Tailer-Kimball Dixon, (acrylic on paper) Pone.

These 30 paintings will travel to art venues around SC during the next year under the direction of the SC State Museum’s Outreach Program. For info about that program or booking this exhibit contact Jeff Powley at 803/737-4159.

Since 1977, the South Carolina Watermedia Society has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public. The Society works towards achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinians.

SCWS, the largest statewide visual arts group, is an active presenting organization. We nurture and promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities, special programs to market their original works and coordinate educational programs. In addition, our goals include public outreach and participation in the arts.

For further information contact Damita Jeter by calling 803/351-2721 or visit (

Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival Takes Place in Huntersville, NC – Weekends Through Nov. 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I don’t think it’s really fall until I’ve tasted some of the King’s nuts. Once I have, I know I’m back at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, usually in costume, where most people think I’m part of the festival. I love those roasted almonds. The King only accepts the best.

I’ve been going back in time for about a decade. I guess I keep hoping one year they’ll be offering some of the Queen’s tarts. Well, anyway I know all about it but there may be a few of you readers who don’t know a thing about this festival. So here’s the scoop.

Located just north of Charlotte in Huntersville, NC, is a village where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life. It is a place where adults can feel and act like children while children are treated as royalty. It is a magical realm where you will forget about your daily cares and enjoy the magic of a simpler time and place.


It is the Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace.

Introduced to the Charlotte area in 1994, the Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace contained just six acres of village attractions. Now, the event has grown to become one of the largest renaissance themed events in the country as well as one of the largest attractions in the Carolinas.

Operating 7 consecutive Saturdays and Sundays in October through November 21, 2010, the 22-acre tree-lined Renaissance Festival village is nestled amongst 245 acres of beautiful forest coated in autumn colors. A perfect setting for a fictional, story-book renaissance village filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with the feel of a 16th century European village. A fictional village called Fairhaven – a peaceful shire where pleasure and celebration rules the day.

It is within the walls of Fairhaven that villagers, artists, crafts-people, musicians, performance troupes and food vendors have gathered together to create a marketplace festival in celebration for the arrival of their visiting King and Queen.


With trumpets blaring and cannon blasting, the gates of Fairhaven swing open at 10am and close at dusk. The day is filled with an abundance of attractions appropriate for all age groups, including 11 stages, each packed with a unique mix of continuous music, dance, comedy shows, and circus entertainments. From sword swallowing to one-of-a-kind old world musical instruments, the entertainment options are endless. The shows are always spontaneous, and you can take part in the action if you wish – or sit back and enjoy watching the audience volunteers who make a spectacle of themselves. You will never know what happens next, on stage or off.

The “Not to be Missed” Don Juan & Miguel Show

One of the special features of the Carolina Renaissance Festival is that the entertainment is not confined to the stage. The fun takes place right in front of you on the streets of Fairhaven Village, as a costumed cast of 300 medieval commoners, knights, and royalty celebrates a 16th century day of play. Part of the Renaissance experience is meeting and interacting with the colorful characters roaming the village, creating an interactive street theater. Musical fairies and lively woodland sprites embody childlike innocence. Close up magicians amaze and amuse. Wonderful statuary comes to life. There is even a walking tree! You can take audience with the King and Queen, or mingle with the mud covered peasants who endlessly proclaim… “Welcome to the greatest show in Earth!  Huzzah!”


Outrageously unpredictable and unstoppably hilarious, the Carolina Renaissance Festival blends the comedy of Monty Python with the mythology of The Lord of the Rings.

One would be remissed without mentioning the incredible array of live musical performances – many of which are accompanied by ethnic dance influenced by Ireland, Scotland, India, Africa, and the Middle East.  Ancient old world instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, penny whistle, along with classical guitar ensembles and gentle harp music all fill the lanes of the village. Even scurrrvy pirates and old Irish folk songs have a home with adventure filled ballads that make you sing and shout along – all part and parcel of the Festival day.


In addition to the non-stop schedule of entertainment, you cannot miss the birds of prey exhibition where the royal falconer will don his hunting garb and take you on a thrilling trip into the past explaining and demonstrating the use of falcons, hawks, owls and more in the ancient sport of falconry! Listen to fascinating bits of history delivered while a hawk flies overhead in a simulated hunt displaying the unique skills that enraptured nobles long ago and made falconry the sport of kings. It is both educational and awe inspiring as you learn about the popularity of falconry in the renaissance while watching a falcon dive at over 100 miles an hour!


A modern recreation of the Renaissance era wouldn’t be complete without a depiction of one of the grandest events of the time period – the tournament Joust! Easily the Carolina Renaissance Festival’s most popular attraction, the joust is full of pomp, pageantry, and chivalry. Three times daily, noble Knights strap on the heavy suits of armor and mount two tons of snorting steeds. With plumes waving and chain mail clanking, they take up their lances and charge at one another in tilt. Shattering lances, clashing swords, and daring deeds of bravery all collide into a realistic recreation of a joust to the death! These Knights (actually stunt riders and actors) battle inside the village on a large tournament field in a 2,000 seat arena.  Adults and children alike can join in the fun and cheer their favorite knight with creative and sarcastic chants taught by the Fairhaven rabble rousers!

Games & Rides

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is home to plenty of activities for children including a most unusual collection of people powered rides and games of skill. Inspired by the joust? Try your skill with a lance on the Slider Joust challenge game. You can storm the castle in a paintball battle or try to solve the riddle of climbing Jacob’s Ladder. Mix skillful pleasure and comic adventure by throwing tomatoes at the insulting fools locked in the stocks at Vegetable Justice. Test your skill at games like the Dragon Climbing Tower, the Archery Range, and the Maze. Fly high into the sky on the Pirate’s Assault Catapult. Take a ride on Christopher Columbus’ Voyage to the New World, the Piccolo Pony (a rocking horse bigger than an elephant), and Leonardo’s Flying Machine; a people powered amusement ride based on Di Vinci’s designs for human flight.


A family favorite is Mother (and Father) Goose brought to life with their costumed ducks and geese, the Petting Farm, and Camel and Elephant Rides.

Already the Carolinas’ largest costume party, put the Carolina Renaissance Festival on your Halloween list of things to do with free event admission for all children 12 and under, with free tricks & treats to be found all around the Festival village, and a Halloween Treasure Hunt with prizes! Children are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest!


In addition, the Renaissance Festival is a great place to buy your Halloween costume or accessories. Early holiday shoppers can peruse over 100 craft shops in an open-air village market which provides a diverse selection of handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, perfume, glass blown ornaments, ceramics, bath & body products, medieval costumes, hand carved candles, unique musical instruments, children’s toys, a full spectrum of clothing, and much more. You can even create your own special gift at the raku pottery booth.


Housed in rows of storybook shops and medieval style tents, you can watch artisans make a masterpiece right before your eyes. Enjoy demonstrations of fine skills such as weaving, woodcarving, blacksmithing, glassblowing, pottery, and jewelry making – all through the use of ancient skills and low technology.


Did you work up an appetite perusing all the shops and enjoying all the entertainment? Well you will be pleased to know that the food is as spectacular as all the attractions. In addition to the shows, music, crafts, and the wonder of getting lost in another time, people visit the Carolina Renaissance Festival for the food as well. Village kitchens cook up an endless feast of bread bowl stews, steak-on-a-stake, gourmet sausages, and the festival’s famous giant roasted turkey legs. For dessert, try the fresh crepes, the cakes and cookies from the Monks Bakery, candy delights from the Chocolate Shoppe, Italian ice, gelato, and a favorite of all renaissance wanderers: a bag of cinnamon-roasted almonds (the King’s nuts). Festival pubs soft drinks, a wide variety of craft beer, wine, champagne, ale, honey mead, lemonade and Medieval Margaritas to compliment the day-long feast of hearty foods fit for royalty.


Each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival adds new entertainment and new facilities making it the fall destination for quality entertainment in the Carolinas. And for visitor convenience, the Festival has embraced modern times. In addition to purchasing advanced discount tickets at Harris Teeter grocery stores region-wide, visitors can now print their own tickets in advance on the Festival’s website at ( So bust out your sense of good cheer, leave your cares behind, and take a day trip out to the wildly popular and entertaining time machine known as the Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Market Place.

Advance Discount Tickets: $18 for adults, $7 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at ( Senior (60 and over) and adult Military discount tickets are $17 at the gate. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Event Sponsors: The Carolina Renaissance Festival is presented by Harris Teeter, Carolina Blonde, Pepsi, and the Charlotte Observer.

For more event information call 704/896-5544; toll free at 877/896-5544, or on the web at (

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 (

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.

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.

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.

Work by Linda Dalton

For more information call Vicki Gill at 704/824-9928, e-mail to ( or visit (