Posts Tagged ‘Pittsboro NC’

Duke University in Durham, NC, Features Works by Mark Hewitt

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

We received a press release about this exhibit at Carolina Arts and although we don’t cover the Durham, NC, visual art scene in the printed version of the paper, we will be posting this article on Carolina Arts Online – where we include all areas of the Carolinas – as long as we receive info by our deadlines. But, since we bring our blog readers a lot of news about pottery exhibits and events I thought we would also include this here.

Here’s the press release:

Duke University in Durham, NC, is presenting the installation, Mark Hewitt: Falling Into Place, on view on the front lawn of the Nasher Museum of Art through Apr. 30, 2010 (although it could last longer).


The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has invited Pittsboro, NC-based potter Mark Hewitt to create an installation of 12 of his large ceramic pots on the museum’s front lawn.

For nearly 30 years, Hewitt has drawn inspiration from Asian and West African ceramics, and the native North Carolina potting traditions of Seagrove, NC, and the Catawba River valley in NC. Hewitt digs the clay, mixes his own glazes and fires in a wood burning kiln on his property. For this installation, the artist selected pots from his own collection, four private collections and the collection of the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.

Falling Into Place describes my love affair with North Carolina and its venerable ceramic heritage,”  Hewitt said. “Finding this tradition was a little like an English guitar player discovering the blues.”

The installation was conceived by Sarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum.

“Mark Hewitt is an internationally renowned potter whose work has been compared to icons, monuments and temples,”  Schroth said. “The huge scale of his work conveys an unmatched mastery of the medium. In this case, we are asking Mark to think like a sculptor. The daring placement of his beautiful pots with their salt glazes and incised patterns will create an organic transition between the museum’s modernist architecture and the surrounding woods.”

Hewitt was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and has lived in North Carolina since 1983. He has exhibited in New York, Tokyo and London, and co-curated the exhibition, The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery, at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2005 in Raleigh, NC.

The exhibition is supported by Marilyn M. Arthur.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919/684-5135 or visit (

You can view 162 photos taken by Dr. J. Caldwell on the Nasher Museum of Art’s Flicker page at this link. They cover the installation process.

Update on Future Pottery Sales from Potter Ronan Peterson

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I received an update on future pottery sales from Ronan Peterson, a Chapel Hill, NC potter and blogger.

Peterson wrote: “I’m sending out one more quick reminder about the 3 Guys* and Some Pottery Sale this weekend and a short blurb about the Circle of Eight Sale the next weekend. Come out if you can and bring a pottery loving friend or two with you.”

Now Peterson’s blurb needed some cleaning up and a little extra work on my part to make it more informative for you readers, but that’s OK – I’m a seasoned translator and it’s my job.

First off, the * after the 3 Guys* is pretty simple. After doing this sale a number of years with three male potters – this year a female potter has joined the group.

The sale will take place at Doug Dotson Pottery – not near Pittsboro or Chapel Hill, NC – it takes place at 326 Mockernut Road, Pittsboro, NC – to be exact. A Google search of that address gets you a map for directions. The event – the 7th Annual 3 Guys* and Some Pottery Sale begins with a reception on Sept. 25, 2009, from 6-9pm. The sale continues on Sept. 26, 2009, from 10am-4pm and on Sept. 27, 2009, from noon-4pm. For further info or help, you can call 919/542-6439.

Peterson goes on to say, “I will have my highly decorated functional earthenware for sale alongside the earthy and comfortable soda fired stoneware of Doug Dotson and the elegant, yet familiar and colorful porcelain of Kelly O’Briant. We will be joined by Matthew Thomason who will have handmade journals, cards and some paintings on hand. Last year’s sale was great and we are looking forward to another weekend of hanging out, snacking and selling some pots (and prints!). Come on out into the woods and join us, bring your friends and spread the word about this special studio sale.”

The Circle of Eight Sale

Peterson also offers, “The next weekend, Oct. 3, 2009, I will join the Circle of Eight for their Fall Sale as an invited guest artist. The Circle is a group of Charlotte area ceramic artists which include Amy Sanders, Ron Philbeck, Julie Wiggins, Jennifer Mecca, Greg Scott and Adrienne Dellinger.  (Sandy Singletary is also a member of the Circle of Eight, but was not mentioned – perhaps she is not participating in this sale. Also, that adds up to seven potters – so I guess the 8th person represents a guest potters – don’t know.) I’m excited to be part of this sale and I am looking forward to hanging out and selling some pots with these talented potters in the Queen City. The sale will be from 10am-4pm at 1225 Dade Street, Charlotte, NC.”

Again, a Google search will get you a map. You can call 704/650-5662 for more info.

You can also learn more about Ronan Peterson by visiting his website.

Living in the Shadow of the Triangle

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

We don’t hear much from the visual art community in Pittsboro, NC. We used to get sent something about Pittsboro First Sundays and exhibits taking place at the Side Street Gallery there, but not much lately. Not much in a few years. Some folks, when they learn their info is not being included in the printed version of Carolina Arts, figure it’s not worth their effort to be just listed on a website. Whatever.

We received a recent press release about an exhibit taking place as a benefit for a Pittsboro animal refuge hoping we could do something to help them get the word out. That’s what we do, but I’m kind of a stickler for deadlines and this release had missed the deadlines. The person sending the PR suggested that I might be able to give it some exposure on my blog. Now that was clever, appealing to my new toy. I guess it worked, but in checking out some things with a few Google searches I learned something too.

The Side Street Gallery was now the Side Street Gallery and Learning Center, and their hours had changed. That’s info I found on their website, but I was a little suspect when the only exhibit they had listed was taking place in Dec. 07 through Jan. 08 – a little old news. Maybe the gallery is more into teaching art now than showing art and that’s why I haven’t heard anything from them about exhibits.

Well anyway, back to the press release. Here it is:

Spring Art Show to Benefit Local Animal Refuge

Italian-born North Carolina artist Siglinda Scarpa will host a public Spring Art Show featuring a collection of her most recent pottery and sculptures. This show will take place over the course of two weekends: May 16 – 17, 2009, and May 23 – 24, 2009 in Pittsboro, NC, at the Goathouse Refuge Gallery and Gardens. The Spring Art Show will be open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

Staged in the picturesque gardens of the 16-acre animal refuge, the Spring Art Show will feature Scarpa’s award-winning pottery and sculptures as well as works by three special guests. Guests’ exhibits include Saved: Portraits of Rescued Animals by photographer Abra Fortune Chernik andVedute di Roma: Views of Rome paintings by Leigh Brown and Lee Johnson.

The pottery and vessels of Siglinda Scarpa are fully functional as a pot, tea kettle, pitcher, bowl, or dish. However, Scarpa also creates purely artistic sculptures that mark a return to the delicate forms of the Commedia del Mare period and use aniline dyes and hot wax to make each piece glow with an inner light. These pieces, which she calls “Clouds,” are dense with meaning, a result of Siglinda’s years of rich experience in the medium and diverse life experiences across the globe. The Spring Art Show will also include Scarpa’s tileware and garden pieces.

Siglinda Scarpa’s work has been featured in one-woman exhibitions in the Chapel Hill Museum, Duke University Museum of Art and The Culinary Institute of America, as well as in galleries across the northeast United States and in Italy.

A large percentage of proceeds from the Spring Art Show will benefit The Goathouse Refuge, a sanctuary which houses over 150 abandoned or injured cats. The Refuge provides food, shelter and medical care while working to place cats and kittens in permanent “forever homes.”

To attend the art show, visit: The Goathouse Refuge Gallery and Gardens, 680 Alton Alston Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or visit for further info.

OK – I did my duty, beyond the call of duty. I imagine it’s hard for folks in Pittsboro to get publicity being so close to the Triangle (Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh), but while I was on the internet it seemed this benefit was getting a good bit of exposure and now some from us.

In a way – it’s all good. I’m trying to make it to having posted 100 blog entries in my first year of blogging. We first launched on May 22, 2008, so I have a few days to work. Some of my entries should count as 3, 5, or even 7 blogs – as long as they were, but I’m sticking to individual blog entries. So thanks Pittsboro for helping me get into the mid-90s.