Archive for September, 2011

The October 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

Friday, September 30th, 2011


The October 2011 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 76 pages of it. We had just over 37,000 downloads of the September 2011 issue. We fell victim to another holiday at the beginning of the month.

We ask that you help us bring the news about the Carolina visual art community to others by spreading the link for the download ( around to your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community of the Carolinas they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook pages.
If you are receiving this because you are on someone’s list, you can send us an e-mail to ( to be placed on our list, so you will get a notice of every new issue.

So download that PDF and dig in – it’s going to take a while to get through this issue. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Announces 12th Annual Benefit Auction Results!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, in partnership with Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales, Ltd. is pleased to announce that the12th Annual Benefit Auction cleared just over $28,000. The auction, held Aug. 11, 2011, at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales, Ltd. in Hillsborough, NC, featured over one hundred and ten pieces of fine contemporary and historical North Carolina pottery and several generous raffle prizes and door prizes. Bidding was brisk and the action was lively after the wine & cheese reception with prominent NC potters.

The evening was made possible through the generosity of North Carolina potters and collectors, our partner, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, and the support of the following sponsors: First Bank of Troy, Brad Crone, Progress Energy, American Ceramics Society, Aftifex, Jugtown Pottery, Caroleen Sanders, Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Pat Palmer & D. A. Livingston, Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation, Community One Bank, The Cranford Agency, Bruce Daws, Carmen Guy, Patricia Hart, Klaussner, Benjamin McDowell, Marilyn Palsha, Pugh Funeral Home, Westmoore Family Restaurant, Gardner Heating & Air, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, Randolph Printing, The Grove Park Inn, Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill, The Umstead Hotel, Ducksmith House B&B, Seagrove Stoneware Inn, NC Zoological Society, and Chili’s.

Our volunteers were many and they made this a wonderful event. The Auction Committee comprised of the NCPC Board members, the NCPC staff and Bonnie Burns put in many hours planning and fund raising.

Board members and staff are staying busy with on-going fundraising efforts, presently planning an exciting event titled “The Potter’s Palette” to be held at the Umstead Hotel on Oct. 28, 2011.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes 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. Thank you!

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

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

Greenway Studio in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Peter Scala – Sept. 17 – Oct. 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


Greenway Studio in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Ramblings, featuring the fantastical surrealism of Peter Scala, on view from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15, 2011. A reception will be held on Sept. 17, from 7-10pm.

Scala was born in Greenwich Village, NY. He was greatly influenced as a child living at a Hudson Street painter’s studio – which was the workplace of his father Victor Scala (Cubist) and Franz Kline (Abstract Expressionist).


Scala has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Asia; which is a firm inspiration in many of his paintings. In this array called, Ramblings, Scala renders his paintings in egg tempera and oil paints, delicately applying multiple layers of color, resulting in a chatoyant and dream-like display.


Greenway Studio is located at 10 Daniel Street, just off Hwy. 17 South, between Gene’s Haufbrau and St. Andrews Shopping Center in Charleston, SC. The gallery is open Wed.-Sat., 10am-6pm or by appt.

For further information call the studio/gallery at 843/766-4330 or visit (

Tracking the Numbers for the First Ten Days of the Sept. 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


It seems another holiday took the steam out of our launch of the Sept. 2011 issue of Carolina Arts – at least in the first ten days of the month. The Sept. issue was put up on the Internet on the evening of Aug. 31, just before another long holiday weekend started and I’m sure many folks were concentrating on what is supposed to be the last gasp of Summer. They’re last chance to goof off.

Maybe if you live in North Dakota. We here in the Carolinas will still be enjoying Summer – heat that is – for a few more months. Maybe to a lesser extent in North Carolina, but they don’t call it South Carolina for nothin’ – we’ll still be feeling some heat. But, hopefully less humidity.

So, due to another interfering holiday the downloads during the first ten days of Sept. came in at just 29,593. In August – the dog days of Summer, but holiday free, the downloads for the first ten days were 43,731. So, you can see the effects of a holiday on the launch of a new issue. But, we might make that up over the rest of the month. We’ll see.

Our second place winner, as always, is the (other) count with 19,865, but a surprise third place winner is the June 2011 issue which came in with 2,129 downloads. This knocked the mysterious cult following of our March 2011 issue, out of third place, which is slipping in it popularity by only bringing in 673 downloads.

Our February 2011 issue brought in 541 downloads, followed by our January 2011 issue with 413 downloads and August 2011 with 360 downloads. The July 2011 issue came in with 269 downloads and looked who showed up after a long absence – May 2011 had 26 downloads. There is still no sign of the April 2011 issue. I don’t exactly know why these issues has fallen on such low interest. They had lots of good stuff in them.

If you haven’t checked out our Sept. 2011 issue of Carolina Arts you can find it at ( And, if you haven’t sent the link to your e-mail list yet – the link is (

We sure appreciate you helping us spread the word and it helps you too – if you’re part of that issue and who isn’t? And, if you’re someone who just loves the visual arts in the Carolinas – I bet your friends and contacts might feel the same way too. So, send them the link and get them hooked on Carolina Arts.

We’ll report the total amounts after the end of the month.

Calling on All My Michigan Friends and Family to Vote for Jonathan Brilliant to Win ArtPrize® 2011 in Grand Rapids, MI

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Jonathan Brilliant, of Columbia, SC, is currently at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, doing an artist residency, from Sept. 8 – 21, 2011, building one of his coffee stir installations, which will become part of ArtPrize® 2011, one of the largest art competitions in the world.

One of Jonathan Brilliant’s installations in Charleston, SC, in 2009

I’m calling on all my friends and family members still in Michigan to go vote for Brilliant’s entry during ArtPrize® 2011 in Grand Rapids. And, maybe they can do some social networking and encourage all their friends and family to go vote for Brilliant.

You have to go to Grand Rapids to cast your vote. You can read my earlier posting on this subject at this link.

Show this southern artist some northern hospitality!

If you need a reason – remember it was a football game between Clemson University (Clemson, SC) and Ohio State where Woody Hayes’ career was ended as he stepped onto the field of play to knock down a Clemson player.

Michigan owes South Carolina BIG for that reason alone.

For further details about voting visit (

From The Ground Up Pottery in Seagrove, NC, Offers Annual R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast – Oct. 1, 2011

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Editor’s Note: This is my 500th posting at Carolina Arts Unleashed. This blog started in May 2008 as a birthday present from Linda. What else can you give someone who likes to express his opinions and views without limits? Space limits that is. You can blame her. The only wonder is – how did it take over 3 years to get to the 500th posting? All I can say is – I’ll try harder.

Here’s the real news:

Michael Mahan and his son, Levi, will be making new tree pots, large pots and shino-glazed pots from clay they dig on their land and firing them in their wood kiln for this year’s R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast, Oct. 1, 2011, from 9am-5pm, at their studio in Seagrove, NC.

Soul Pots

Plan to come to the studio – From the Ground Up- hungry for pots and food as Michael’s wife Mary will be making Irish scones (with fresh cream and jam) in the morning, Michael will be making his freshly roasted organic coffee and Levi will likely add a dish of some sort using his culinary skills. Turkey will be served for lunch. Last year, it was roasted on the grill. The previous year, it was deep-fried.

Why the R.D. Mahan name? “I wanted to create an annual commemoration of my father, so we call the kiln opening the R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast. This is our third year. It seems appropriate to pay homage to him as it is he who gave me the determination and drive to manifest my dreams”.

Works by Levi Mahan

Michael Mahan has been making decorative and functional pottery in the Seagrove area since 1985. He lives and works in Westmoore, seven miles south of Seagrove at his pottery, From the Ground Up. He owned and operated Wild Rose Pottery in Whynot until 1998 when he moved to Westmoore to renovate a barn and outbuildings on the site where Moore County traditional potter W.J. Stewart worked in the 1890s.

Mahan came to Seagrove as a newspaper reporter. Soon he was taking classes and changed careers to pottery. His youngest son, Levi, is currently an apprentice with him and his daughter Chelsea is also a potter.

Shino-glazed bowls (lower right bowl glazed with alberta slip glaze)

Mahan processes some clay from his property and uses mainly North Carolina sourced clays and materials for his clay and glazes. He combine911michael-mahan2s ancient and modern firing techniques to achieve pieces that reveal the unique relationship between clay and fire. Michael’s latest work involves trees. He continues to create functional dinnerware using his trademark southwestern and ash glazes.
Tree Pot

From the Ground Up is located at 172 Crestwood Road in Robbins, NC. To see his latest work, check out Michael’s blog at (

For further info call the pottery at 910/464-6228, e-mail to ( or visit ( Also on Facebook.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Crystalline Potters of Seagrove – Sept. 24, 2011

Thursday, September 8th, 2011


The “Crystalline Potters of Seagrove” event will be at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Sept. 24, 2011, from 10am-4pm. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oct. 1, 2011. This is the first event of its kind at the NCPC and will be held in the oak grove behind the building.

Seven different crystalline pottery shops from the Seagrove area are coming together to show the amazing range and versatility of this special effects glaze.


The show will feature both zinc silicate and molybdenum crystalline. Participating shops include Bulldog Pottery, Dover Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, McCanless Pottery, Uwharrie Crystalline, and Wyndham and Brooke Haven Pottery.

Each pottery shop will set up a booth to sell wares. Everyone will have crystalline available, as well as other items featured in their shops. Several door prizes will be given away, as well.

Admission to the event is free. Admission to the NCPC is $2 for adults, $1 for students 9th through 12th grade, and children 8th grade and under are admitted free.

The NCPC is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC.

Crystalline is a tricky glaze technique to master, but can produce a wonderful array of eye-catching results in nearly every color of the rainbow. Crystals are formed on the pots by adding certain chemicals, like zinc or molybdenum to the glaze. The pots are then fired to a high temperature. Once the peak temperature is reached, the kiln is then lowered to a soak temperature and held there for a number of hours. Crystals form during this soak time. Potters have very little to no control over the number of crystals on a pot or where those crystals form, which makes each crystalline pot one-of-a-kind.

Whether you’re a long-time pottery collector or someone who’s just discovered the wealth of talent in the Seagrove area, “Crystalline Potters of Seagrove” is sure to be an event worthy of attendance.

For more information, contact Rhonda at 336/873-7412 or e-mail to (

The Numbers for the August 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts

Monday, September 5th, 2011


I’m so glad Summer is over. The leaves are turning color and there’s a nip in the air. Wait a minute – the leaves started turning brown a month ago from being cooked in the sun and that nip is 90 degrees, but still – it’s better than 98 or 100 + degrees and the overnight temps are getting lower – so I guess Fall is here. At least the kids are back in school and football is here.

We just sneaked over the 50,000 mark with 50,084 downloads of the August 2011 issue of Carolina Arts. It might have been higher if not for Hurricane Irene, but I don’t blame people for being glued to the Weather Channel to see where that storm was going. Unfortunately it hit Eastern North Carolina pretty hard.

I feel we did OK during the Summer months and maybe we’ll be able to improve on that next year now that we know some of the pitfalls of Summer. The bright side of this Summer has been the increased activity on the Carolina Arts website. August saw 80,376 sessions, just short of the record set in June. The August issue also received 535,271 hits – just 50,000 short of the total in June.

The number of downloads of previous issues are as follows: the March issue only received 2,159 downloads. It looks as if interest in this issue had finally fallen off – yet it comes in second place. The June issue received 991 downloads, while the February issue received 582 – almost twice as many as last month. Next came the July issue with 289 downloads and the January issue came in with 71. The April and May issues were a no show – meaning that in checking the top 500 requested items – they would have come in with less than 45 downloads. But, it could have been much less. I didn’t think it was that important to see where they came in on the list of 10,001 items our server lists.

I think the numbers will be up in September, but you can never tell – we have the Labor Day weekend to compete with at the time of our launch – again competing with a big holiday weekend, but since we have 68 pages of content – it should be higher. Holidays never last very long – at least not long enough.


If you haven’t downloaded the Sept. 2011 issue of Carolina Arts, you can find it at ( If you’d like to help spread the word about the visual arts in the Carolinas – send the link for the download ( to you friends and contacts by e-mail or post it on your Facebook page.

Our October issue already looks to be a monster issue.

The September 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

Thursday, September 1st, 2011


The September 2011 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 68 pages of it. We had over 50,000 downloads of the August 2011 issue. That’s really good for a Summer month and considering the fact that Hurricane Irene grabbed all our attention at the end of the month.
We ask that you help us bring the news about the Carolina visual art community to others by spreading the link for the download ( around to your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community of the Carolinas they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook pages.

So download that PDF and dig in – it’s going to take a while to get through this issue. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

A Special Request This Month!

We’d also like to ask you readers to plug and show support for many of the folks in Eastern North Carolina who are suffering from a visit by Hurricane Irene. The art galleries, arts councils, and art institutions could use your support – even if you just go see one of their exhibits – they are still able to present. We hope everyone was spared.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts