It’s that time of year again. Time for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters – your opportunity to shop from the potters of Seagrove under one roof. And that includes being able to purchase works from the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient, Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove.
Make plans now to go and rub elbows with the throngs of shoppers and talk with the potters – try and come up with a question they have never heard before – like “how will your pottery change after the ending of Breaking Bad?”.
There is plenty of parking and great food will be offered.
Here’s the official press release:
Planning for the 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, is Under Way – Make Your Plans to Attend Now
One of North Carolina’s biggest pottery events, featuring more than 100 authentic Seagrove, NC, artists and 58 Seagrove pottery shops under one roof is the Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters.
Planning for the 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is well underway and the collective artists are all busily working on special pieces for the Celebration weekend, as well as on collaborative pieces to be auctioned at the Friday night Gala, Nov. 22, 2013. A second, silent auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-3pm.
The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, a community that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery Counties in NC. Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 58 shops, are participating this year.
Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Fernandez, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Lantern Hill, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McKay, McNeill’s, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, Windsong and Zehmer.
COSP is held indoors at the historic Luck’s Cannery, on NC Hwy. 705, the Pottery Highway, one half-mile south of the traffic light in Seagrove. The Celebration potters admire and continue the spirit of the original Luck’s Cannery – people of the Seagrove area working together to provide a future for their community. The festival offers shoppers a one-stop, indoor-shopping opportunity to purchase authentic Seagrove pottery. It is the only time of year that the majority of Seagrove potters are together under one roof!
The show offers the chance to meet the Seagrove artists, to learn about and purchase their work. There is excitement in every booth, where the exhibits embrace a striking variety of forms and functions. Seagrove is the largest working community of potters and clay artists in the country, and offers something for everyone. Children have a special dedicated area, where they can try their hand in clay and also purchase specially “Kid Priced” pieces of pottery. A donation from the proceeds of the children’s area is given to the arts programs of our local elementary schools.
The event kicks off with the opening night Gala. Guests can peruse and purchase first picks from the booths, while enjoying locally catered food and beverages, live music and enjoy the opportunity to view and bid on collaborative, one-of-a-kind, collectable pottery pieces.
“The celebration brings the pottery families of Seagrove together to spend the weekend with the families of our customers, new and old. It’s a celebration for everyone,” says Mary Holmes, Chair of COSP. The planning and implementation of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters show is a strong example of community and teamwork. Many committees work together to bring this professional and creative event to life. Local companies and organizations provide sponsorship and there are many opportunities available to partner with additional sponsors who recognize the unique prospects provided by the distinctive demographics of the Celebration attendees. Contact Mary Holmes for additional sponsor information at 910/783-5358 or e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteers serve as the backbone of the festival. We strive to provide Celebration attendees the finest experience possible, warmly welcoming them to spend a leisurely time browsing and shopping, seeing the process, developing and renewing relationships with the potters of Seagrove. This would not be possible without the immense dedication of our volunteers, including members from the Asheboro City Council, The Randolph Arts Guild, auctioneers, educators, pottery lovers and collectors. We are always looking for ways to build on this essential team. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on many aspects of the festival, including the auctions, artist relations, gala preview event, production, special projects and more. Contact Bonnie Burns at (email@example.com), (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 336/953-5491.
Seagrove pottery has long been known for its collectability and the Seagrove name is recognized worldwide. 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 Celebration of Seagrove Potters merged with SAPA, (Seagrove Area Potters Association) a local non-profit marketing entity that promotes, publicizes and markets the Seagrove community of potters in August of 2008.
For up-to-date information and photos on the upcoming Celebration visit (www.CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters.com). Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook at Celebration of Seagrove Potters for ongoing details.
6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters – Nov. 22 – 24, 2013
Friday Nov. 22, Gala 6-9pm – Catered reception, live music, collaborative auction, 1st pick of pottery.
Saturday, Nov. 23, pottery sale from 9am-6pm, silent auction from 1-3pm, and demonstrations from 11am-5pm.
Sunday Nov. 24, pottery sale from 10am-4pm and demonstrations from 11am-4pm.
Saturday & Sunday Show Admission $5, Children 12 & Under Free
Friday night Gala $40 in Advance, Gala tickets and more info available at (www.CelebrationofSeagrovePotters.com).