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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 (www.claymakers.com).

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White Oak Pottery Spring Show & Sale Takes Place May 1, 2010, in Durham, NC

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Carolina Arts received some more news about Spring pottery events – this time in Durham, NC.

On Saturday, May , 2010, from 9am to 4pm, White Oak Pottery located at 3915 Rivermont Road in Durham will host its Spring Show & Sale, featuring works by Julie Olson of White Oak Pottery, pottery by Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery of Seagrove, NC, mixed media by Addison and Eric Paige of Raven Rock Artworks of Holly Springs, NC, baskets by Bev Nagy of Charlotte, NC, and pottery by Terry Gess of Bakersville, NC.

They will be raffling off pieces of “art”, one from each participant, to benefit the Independent Animal Rescue of Durham, NC. The Rescue staff will be on hand with a variety of pets available for adoption!

Raffle tickets will be for $5 each (with a limit of 50 tickets sold per piece of art) Tickets will be sold during the show with the drawing to be held at 4pm. You need not be present to win.

Artist Demonstrations include:
Julie Olson will be demonstrating throwing from 10am-11am.
Bev Nagy will be demonstrating basketry from 1pm-2pm.
Lisa Brown will be demonstrating throwing from 2pm-3pm.

For further information call White Oak Pottery at 919/309-4747.

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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 (www.nasher.duke.edu).

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.

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Claymakers Gallery of Fine Handmade Pottery in Durham, NC, Features Works by Five Asheville Potters

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Here’s a press release we received at Carolina Arts about a pottery show in Durham, NC – a city we don’t hear from much. This came from Ronan Peterson, one of the ongoing potters featured at Claymakers. He is another blogging potter with the blog Nine Toes Pottery.

Here’s the press release:

Claymakers Gallery of Fine Handmade Pottery in Durham, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Asheville in the Bull City, featuring works by five Asheville, NC, area potters, Will Baker, Patty Bilbro, Kyle Carpenter, Karen Newgard, and Lindsay Rogers, on view through Mar. 12, 2010.


work by Patty Bilbro

Claymakers invites five Asheville area ceramic artists to exhibit their distinctive functional vessels in the Bull City.  This exhibit includes the work of Will Baker, Patty Bilbro, Kyle Carpenter, Karen Newgard, and Lindsay Rogers. Each of these functional potters have developed a singular interpretation of everyday pottery, from the graphic, black on white porcelain of Karen Newgard to the warm, earthy atmospheric stoneware of Will Baker.


work by Karen Newgard

Each artist employs their own approach to surface and decoration, with Lindsay Roger’s minimal, detailed lines and textures nicely contrasted by the intimate brushwork of Patty Bilbro and Kyle Carpenter’s bold salt fired slip and glaze brushwork.

Don’t miss this special showing near downtown Durham of some of the best ceramics the mountains of western North Carolina have to offer.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/530-8355 or visit (www.claymakers.com).

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