6th Annual "Cousins in Clay"

6th Annual "Cousins in Clay"
"Cousins in Clay" at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC with Daniel Anderson, Blair Clemo, Michael Kline, Bruce Gholson, and Samantha Henneke

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yunomis for AKAR

 Yunomi by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Every year the AKAR Design Gallery (located in Iowa City) holds a Yunomi invitational. Over the years it has grown and now there are 187 potters that are apart of this online sale.  The yunomis sell fast so if you want a chance to buy you need to set up an account and be ready when it opens online at 10:00 Central (which is 11:00 Eastern time).  Many artists sell out in the first 1/2 hour of the show.  The sales are online only.

We enjoy making Yunomis every year for this show.

Pictured here are our Yunomis that will be for sale at the AKAR Yunomi show opening this Friday April 25, 2014

Here are the details…
Upcoming Show: April 25 - May 16, 2014
2014 Yunomi Invitational (Online Only!)

Yunomi (U-know-me)- A form of teacup, typically made of ceramic material, being taller than wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. Unlike the more formal chawan tea bowl which is used during the Japanese tea ceremony, the Yunomi tea bowl is made for daily (or informal) tea drinking.

The Countdown Has Begun!

The Yunomi Invitational is now only a few days away! This is their largest annual show; this year they have a total of 935 Yunomi.  Please remember this is an online event only, therefore they will not be taking any requests over the phone or by email on the opening day. This Friday, April 25, at 10:00 AM Central Time all Yunomi will be available at AKAR.

You will need to create an account at AKAR Design if you want to be ready to make a request when the 2014 Yunomi appear this Friday at 10:00 AM Central Time. If you have already registered on our website, be sure your account information is current.

To register as a new customer visit your AKAR Account Login Page. Submit your email and password, and then fill out your account information. You will not need your credit card information to register.

After you've created your account, you can immediately browse the site and pick products from our selection of artists and designers. If you find an artist on the 2014 Yunomi list above whose work you like, consider book marking his/her artist page. When the new Yunomi appear, you'll save precious moments as other customers race to find and purchase their own favorites.

If you have questions about the ordering process or the 2014 Yunomi Invitational, please call the gallery at (319)351-1227 or email gallery@akardesign.com

Yunomi by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Yunomi by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Yunomi by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Yunomi by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Yunomi by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Yunomi by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Yunomi by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Yunomi by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Yunomi by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Annual Spring Kiln Opening

Visit the Seagrove Potteries, Seagrove, North Carolina
  There are 37 Seagrove Potteries collaborating together on April 26 and 27, 2014 for the annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings. Bruce and I will have a large selection of our crystalline vases here at our Bulldog Pottery shop.

We want to thank all the volunteers that are working hard at organizing the Seagrove Potters' spring kiln opening event.  And thank you to our sponsors, Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau and Life 103.1. We do appreciate your support! There will be a map that you can pick up at any of the participating potteries.

 The Seagrove Potteries that are participating are

Avery Pottery & Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Caldwell-Hohl Artworks, Coop of Seagrove Potters, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dirtworks, Donna Craven Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottey, Freeman Pottery, From the Ground Up, Great White Oak Gallery, Hickory Hill Pottery, JLK Jewelry @ Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Kings Pottery with Crystal King, Latham's Pottery, Luck's Ware, McNeill's Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, O'Quinn Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery, Pott's Pottery, Ray Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Smith Pottery, Snowhill Pottery & Tileworks, Studio Touya, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery.

Follow, Like, and Share our Celebration of Seagrove Potters Facebook page, there are many posts of all the different potters that are participating in this years spring kiln opening event.  We also have a Seagrove Potters Facebook page that is filled with images of Seagrove Potters.

Visit the Seagrove Potteries, Seagrove, North Carolina

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daffie Days - Celebrate the Vase and the Ubiquitous Daffodil

Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Join us today and tomorrow at Bulldog Pottery for

"Daffie Days"
April 4-5, 2014
Friday and Saturday
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt.
Seagrove, NC 27341

Our Bulldog Pottery shop is full of new vases. Looking forward to seeing you!

We have been enjoying looking at the range of glaze colors and crystals. We have new glazes that we are working on - Cosmos, Galaxy, The Other One, Rad Gold, and Gold Gold (we need names so we know which glaze we are talking about). Bruce has a lot of work ahead of him. (about 3/4 of these vases need to be polished) We are pretty excited right now and are ready to make more pots! Smile.

Stay tuned for some individual vase images.

Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vases on the Table

Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Daffie Days is this weekend on April 4-5, 2014.  Our Bulldog Pottery shop is located at 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt. Seagrove, NC 27341.  We are located 5 miles south from the town of Seagrove's traffic light. Look for the large blue water tower and our driveway is right beside it.  Take the gravel driveway to our pottery shop. See you soon!

The exploration of the vase form is fascinating to us, with so many possible nuances. Vases as well as the bottle forms provide us with such a diversity of great silhouettes for our glazes.  We enjoy the process of the search, and experimentation involved in looking and testing for new colors and glaze effects. Testing original glaze formulas takes a lot of time, and we have to figure out how to squeeze in a couple of more days to get the test glazing accomplished. Usually when the tests come out there is hopefully at least one that can work, and the others will have to go back to the drawing board. Below is an assortment of some of the glaze tests that we pulled out from the last two kiln firings.

Glaze tests, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Samantha and a table full of vases, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC 
The glazes that we apply to our vases are very fluid and it takes time prepping the rings so they fit just right onto the bottom of the vases. Below Bruce is carving the rings thinner so when cutting the ring off the vase after the glaze firing there is less chance for a mishap.

Bruce finishing clay rings for the vases, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC 
Koi insists on sleeping on Bruce's table while he works. Sometimes this is just fine and we let her but other times she messes with the wet pots and is banned from table sleeping.
Luna Bella has settled right in. She loves to be with us in the studio. She is very active and has been a wonderful puppy.  Luna Bella and Koi have a great relationship and we think they will be long time friends. Sometimes Koi will even push objects off of the table just for Luna Bella to chew.

Luna Bella, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
We currently have this lovely pink centered daffodil blooming, and the color is enchanting.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vases, Daffodils, Ice, and Podcasts

Bulldog Pottery vases for "Daffie Days" April 4-5, 2014, Seagrove, NC

This morning we woke up to a veil of ice on our world.  Wonderful opportunity to go outside to take pictures.

We are glazing in the studio for our upcoming vase kiln opening "Daffie Days", April 4-5, 2014, from 10:00 - 5:00. We have over 100 vases ready for glazing.  We are in the process of preparing them for our glaze-a-thon.  The table full of vases shown are thrown by both of us.

Save the Date for the annual Celebration of Spring Seagrove Pottery Kiln Openings. Around 35 potteries will be participating this year on April 26-27, 2014.  You can pick up a map of participating potteries in our studio.

Check out this weeks podcast from Ben Carter "Tales of a Red Clay Rambler". This week Ben released the podcast that was recorded last week at the North Carolina Potters Conference.  The episode features Ben Carter and Brian Jones presenting on "Pottery, Podcasting and Posterity" to a wonderful audience at the Sunset Theater in Asheboro, NC. In the interview they talk about creative competition, social media as ceramic advocacy, and developing a podcasting style.  While you are at it check out the rest of his podcasts. Ben interviews a variety of nationally and internationally known potters. Also check out the podcasts by Brian Jones, which are called the "Jonescast",  he also has a wonderful variety of interviews with potters.

Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Bulldog Pottery vases for "Daffie Days" April 4-5, 2014, Seagrove, NC

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Ubiquitous Daffodil

Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
The beginning of spring. 
Our icon of flowers. 
The ubiquitous daffodil. 

We  look forward to this time of year.  When the daffodils begin to bloom and we know that warm weather will be here soon.  In the Bulldog Pottery studio we are throwing vases of various shapes with a focus on our crystalline flowing glazes.  

"Daffie Days"
April 4-5, 2014
Friday and Saturday 10:00am -5:00pm
at Bulldog Pottery 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt. Seagrove, NC 27341
5 miles south of the town of Seagrove look for the blue water tower

Vase by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Friday, February 7, 2014

News Alert - Watertower cleaning for "Cousins in Clay"

Water tower landmark for Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
It was a chilly weekend, and neither winter ice, or snow would stop the Montgomery County water tower from being cleaned and spruced up for "Cousins in Clay" this year, at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove on May 31 - June 1, 2014.

During the past couple of weeks, intermittently through the snowy and rainy weather, our water tower has been prepped, cleaned, and now is being painted.  This has become the landmark for our pottery ever since its construction in 2002.  Sometimes it's such an enormous landmark, that folks can miss it when turning onto our gravel driveway right beside it's massive metal legs.

One of our honored guests, "Clay Cousin" Daniel Anderson from Illinois, has been long inspired by water towers. Water towers are wonderful structures, and are awesome inspirational architectural forms.  Daniel Anderson has done this form so very well, it has become an icon that is identified with him when done in clay.  He will be here at Bulldog Pottery early this summer, along with Blair Clemo and Michael Kline.  We are looking forward to "Cousins in Clay"!

Water tower landmark for Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Water tower landmark for Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Dan Anderson, Water tower Covered Jar, Illinois