Archive for November, 2010

Carolina Arts Launches Carolina Clay Resource Directory

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Finally! After months of collecting info about the clay community in both North and South Carolina we have finally gotten to a point where I felt we could launch this puppy. Plus, when we got close to this being our 400th entry to Carolina Arts Unleashed, I felt that was the time to put it out there and begin the long journey of collecting more info, updating, refining, and letting others have access to this info.

Our logo was designed by Zelda Ravenel – our blog graphics guru atCarolina Arts and Linda, my better half, and our web master at Carolina Arts, put it all together and actually made it work. I’m a content kind of guy – in other words – technically illiterate.

I’m not sure what the folks who make up the Carolina clay community will think of our efforts, but I didn’t find this info collected in one place anywhere else – until now. And, right up front I’ll admit – we have just scratched the surface. We have a long way to go yet, but everything has to start somewhere or it never gets anywhere.

We’re open to any suggestions – within our abilities. Like Carolina Arts and all its related sites – we’re not fancy, but we are simple and clean.

Right off, it won’t take any observer too long to notice that the South Carolina clay community looks like the little cousin to the clay community in North Carolina. We know there is a lot more out there in South Carolina, but North Carolina is a lot more organized and supported by many more institutions. But hopefully we’ll soon be hearing from those potters in the Palmetto State.

And, that’s where NC and SC potters can help. Check out the info we’re offering and if you find yourself there – check the info offered and if it is not correct – get back to us with the correct info. Then, see if other potters, galleries that carry pottery, pottery festivals & events, and other info (you know about) are there and if it isn’t – send us the info or contact others to send it to us.

Now, our readers can help too. Hopefully you’ll find the info easy to use and informative, but if you have any questions or problems – we want to hear from you too.

Back when I was collecting info and talking with some potters about my plans, I was asked – why do you want to do this? It’s not an unusual question and my answer wasn’t too unusual either – at least I don’t think it is.

Carolina Arts is in the business of collecting info and offering it back to the public in a timely fashion. By attracting readers and visitors to our sites we open up opportunities for people who want to have access to those folks interested in the info we offer – advertising opportunities.

The various editions of our printed arts newspapers have been doing this for 23 years and we’ve been on the Internet for 11 of those years. With this posting, Carolina Arts Unleashed has offered 400 entries and nowCarolina Arts News is offering info on a daily basis – as soon as we get it – sometimes within the hour. So, we’re attracting a lot of viewers and I think that the Carolina Clay Resource Directory will attract even more.

I also felt that the clay community was an underserved part of the overall Carolina art community. It surely is in South Carolina. We’re just doing what we’ve been doing for 23 years.

So, go on over to Carolina Arts and click on the link for the Carolina Clay Resource Directory and see what you think.

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 (

41st Annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s Fine Craft + Design Show Takes Place in Raleigh, NC – Nov. 26-28, 2010

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010


Join many of the Carolinas’ finest craftspersons Thanksgiving Weekend for the Annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s Fine Craft + Design Show: a spectacular showcase of fine crafts offering something for every taste and budget.

Work by Julie Olson

This year marks the 41st show. Fine crafts displayed at this year’s show will include pottery, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber, blown glass, jewelry, metal work, wood work, furniture, photography, printmaking and mixed media. There will be something for every taste and budget at this year’s show.

Show hours at: Friday Nov. 26, 2010, from 6pm – 10pm; Saturday Nov. 27, 2010, from 10am – 6pm; and Sunday Nov. 28, 2010, from 11am – 5pm.

Work by Keith Allen

The show takes place at the Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC.

A Day Pass is $7 and a Weekend Pass is $11.

Work by Nadine Zenobi

Have the first opportunity to purchase from our Guild Artists prior to the gates opening to the general public. Held from 4-6pm Friday Nov. 26, 2010, this event is exclusively for Friends of the Guild supporters. If you’ve attended the Preview Party in the past, you’ve seen nothing like this . . . premium catered food, beer, wine and a special “Signature Cocktail”. And the biggest addition – the VIP Raffle! Our supremely gifted artists have donated over $10,000 in art work and gift certificates to raffle off during the Preview Party. Friends of the Guild memberships begin at $30 for Individuals and $50 for Families.

For further information visit (

Big Art Events Taking Place in the Carolinas – Nov. 18 – 21, 2010

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Starting this Thursday evening with Columbia, SC’s 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration and ending with Seagrove, NC’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters – this week offers some great visual art events – for both viewing and buying. Make your plans now.

Columbia, SC’s 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration, sponsored by the Vista Guild, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, from 5-10pm in Columbia’s Congaree Vista area along the Congaree River. Click on the name of the event to read an article from Carolina Arts newspaper).

Some of the highlights include:

Fabric artist Susan Lenz will be collecting socks for her art project called, Looking For a Mate, a community based art quilt. The public is invited to bring their “mate less” socks to River Runner, at 905 Gervais Street, as donations to the project. Lenz will be hand stitching these “found objects” onto recycled acrylic felt in order to create a unique art quilt. The felt was formerly packaging material for canoes and kayaks being shipped by distributors to retail shops like River Runner. If you bring a sock – children or adult; serious or comic – you may discover it in the final quilt, which will be unveiled at Artista Vista in Apr. 2011. Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote about this project.

Poster image by Jeff Donovan

Vista Studios, one of the first art venues to locate in Columbia’s Vista area is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a special 20th Anniversary Show which will be on display from Nov. 16-30, 2010. The show will open on Nov. 18 in connection with this year’s Vista Lightscelebration. At Vista Studios, more than 30 artists (current and past members) will be exhibiting paintings, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture in Gallery 80808. For further info call the gallery at 803/252-6143 or visit ( Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote about this exhibit.

Work by Bruce Nellsmith

Homeland, a collection of new paintings by Bruce Nellsmith, is another highlight of the Vista Lights celebration in the main gallery at City Art Gallery. This exhibition will be on view from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30, 2010. Various other types of art including textiles and jewelry will be featured at City Art Gallery during the celebration. For further info contact Wendyth Wells at 803/252-3613 or visit ( Here’s a link to an article we presented in Carolina Arts. A collection of handmade jewelry by Cindy Saad will also be featured during the Vista Lightscelebration.


And, no Vista event is complete without stopping by One Eared Cow Glasswhere Tommy Lockart, Mark Woodham, and their assistant, Ryan Crabtree will be doing the dance of glass blowing for everyone to see. They’ll have plenty of wonderful glass objects – just right for holiday gift giving and some pretty spectacular fine art objects for collectors. Here’s a link to a blog entry I’ve done in the past showing you just a peek at what you’ll be able to witness during Vista Lights.


To learn more about the Vista Guild, call 803/269-5946, e-mail to ( or visit (

The 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters will open on Friday evening, Nov. 19, 2010, at 6pm with a Gala Preview Party at the historic Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove, NC. 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 to be auctioned. 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.

Ben Owen III holds a pot created by himself and Will McCanless

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. Here’s a link to an article we offered in Carolina Arts newspaper.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, the show is open from 9am to 6pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. For further information visit their website at (

Jug made by Sid & Matt Luck

But here’s a link to a blog entry we posted at Carolina Arts Unleashed.

And, finally, this is the last weekend to see the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 33rd Annual Exhibition, on view at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, through Nov. 21, 2010. Here’s an article we offered at Carolina Arts newspaper ( and a link to a blog entry we posted on this exhibit, with more images.

Work by Steve Garner

The gallery at the Center for the Arts is open Fridays, 9am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-2pm; and Sundays, 2-4pm. For further info call 803/328-2787 or visit (

There, that’s three good possibilities to fill your weekend.

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.


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.

Work by Anne John

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.

Work by Sally Burrell

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 ( or visit (

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!


Peterson says more details will be coming, but you can check out ( 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.


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 (

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.

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.

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 (