Sunday, January 24, 2016

Winter Nature Photos One-a-Day for a Week

Nature Image,  Day 1, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

A couple of weeks ago I was nominated by a friend to post a picture a day for seven days on Facebook.  I have enjoyed venturing out into our yard to find an image. I usually don't stray outside too much in the winter. I am a warmer weather being and seem to gravitate to the brighter spring colors and summer balmy temperatures.  But I have found that through these recent images I am really enjoying the colors of the photographs I am coming home with.  The olive greens, lavenders, vanadium, and silver greys are enchanting and invigorating in a different way than the eye popping chartreuses of early spring and brilliant colors of summer flowers.

I wanted to share with you the images from that week.
Nature Image,  Day 2, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Nature Image,  Day 3, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Nature Image,  Day 4, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina
Nature Image,  Day 5, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Nature Image,  Day 6, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Nature Image,  Day 7, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina
Nature Image,  Day 8, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Sunday, January 10, 2016

29th annual North Carolina Potters Conference - 2016

Tony Clennell- Pottery Demonstrator- 29th annual NC Potters Conference
Tony Clennell is a potter and teacher living in Aylmer, Ontario.
  The 29th annual North Carolina Potters Conference is now open for registration.  
 March 4-6, 2016
Friday - Saturday - Sunday
Asheboro, North Carolina
Hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild
Opening Reception/Networking, Thursday 6:00 PM 
  The NC Potters Conference begins Friday morning with three slide lectures by the demonstrating potters: Tony Clennell, Sunshine Cobb, and Steven Godfrey. After Friday lunch they begin their afternoon of demonstrating together on stage.  There are large TV screens for optimal and close-up viewing of the artists as they work and interact with each other and the audience. This year Chris Staley will be presenting his talk Friday evening about creativity and clay.  Tony Clennell, Sunshine Cobb, and Steven Godfrey will be demonstrating all day Saturday. After Saturday's barbecue dinner at the Exchange, Dwight Holland invites the conference participants to his home for conversation and to see his extensive pottery collection.

 Sunday Morning Talks: This year's presenters are Ulysses Dietz-curator of the Newark Museum in New Jersey, Garth Johnson-curator of the ASU Art Museum in Arizona, and Art Markman- Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas in Austin.  Sunday morning talks are dedicated to the memory of Walter and Dorothy Auman.

 After Sunday's lunch the North Carolina Pottery Center in downtown Seagrove will be open for visitors. Steven Blankenbeker will give a talk about North Carolina Clay Sunday afternoon.  The two exhibitions at the NCPC  are: Object Lessons: "Ceramics from the Gregg Museum of Art and Design," and "Wild Clay: The Story of North Carolina Clay".

 Always the first full weekend of March, this year the 2016 Conference dates are March 4-6.  Pre-registration is necessary and can be done online at the Randolph Arts Guild website.  The registration is $250.00 and includes Friday-lunch and dinner, Saturday- lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A Thursday evening reception/networking is sponsored by the Rising Sun Pottery. The NC Potters Conference is sponsored by Highwater Clays, Potters Council, and "Ceramics: Art and Perception | Technical."

 For more conference information please visit the Randolph Arts Guild website and
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Sunshine Cobb- Pottery Demonstrator- 29th annual NC Potters Conference
Sunshine Cobb is a full-time studio pottery in Sacramento, California
Steven Godfrey- Pottery Demonstrator- 29th annual NC Potters Conference (image from Schaller Gallery)
Steven Godfrey is the Assistant Professor Of Art at University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage AK.

Chris Staley - Talks Friday Evening for the 29th annual North Carolina Potters Conference
Stay tuned for the synopsis of Chris Staley's presentation

Garth Johnson - Talks Sunday morning for the 29th annual North Carolina Potters Conference
Garth Johnson is the curator of ceramics at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona.
Agrestic Modern
"There is a new generation of potters that make engaging, rustic work that looks to Scandinavia and the Mediterranean rather than Japan for inspiration. Agrestic Modern combines geometric simplicity with expressive, yet surprisingly austere surfaces. The artists discussed in this lecture, including Rebecca Chappell, Mike Helke, Giselle Hicks, Joseph Pintz and Jordan MacDonald give a contemporary twist to work that draws from a broad range of historical influences."

Ulysses Dietz - Talks Sunday morning for the 29th annual North Carolina Potters Conference
Ulysses Dietz is the curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum since 1980.

Great Pots: art, craft, whatever
"Some pots are just pots. Some pots are art. Actually, any pot can be art if someone says it is. The Newark Museum started collecting modern pots and calling them art in 1909. My presentation grows from the idea was that a great pot was conceived of as a work of art that ordinary human beings could actually relate to and own and use to make their homes better, more beautiful places. Craftsmanship mattered. Design mattered. Nothing else mattered.
   I’ll discuss the transition from the Arts & Crafts Movement, whose core premise was to make art accessible to middle-class consumers, to that movement’s rebellious child, the Contemporary Craft Movement. This was also founded on the notion of making handcrafted objects accessible to a wide audience. My thesis is that the very existence of ceramic art in this context was geared to redefining art in a way that undermined the social and cultural pretensions of the fine art world, but that something strange happened. As potters have evolved into ceramic artists and somehow decided being “just” great potters isn’t enough, pots gradually have become just another pawn in the complex games of collecting and curatorial one-upsmanship that drives the market today."

Art Markman - Talks Sunday morning for the 29th annual North Carolina Potters Conference
Art Markman is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas in Austin.

Increasing creativity through Smart Thinking
"Creativity is prized in the arts, and is also a critical part of success in business.  Despite its importance, few people understand the roots of creative problem solving.  In this talk, I explore the psychology of creative thinking.  I examine the development of effective habits to maximize the quality of knowledge that supports creative endeavors.  I also discuss how to overcome a fear of failure to develop new ideas.  Finally, I explore personality characteristics related to creativity and how to enhance their positive effects while minimizing their drawbacks."

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Few Select Pieces from the Pottery Kiln

Bruce Gholson Fossil Fish Bowl, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Our "One More Hurrah" Holiday Kiln Opening is tomorrow, December 12, 2015. 

Bruce is outside as I write this post polishing new crystalline vases that we just pulled from the kiln this morning, and we are hoping for a few more pottery pieces tomorrow.  We know we filled the kiln last night, but there is always the unknown of how the work turns out until we open the kiln and see.  Bruce has three fossil fish bowls for tomorrow and I have 6 new glazing paintings.  I am looking forward to designing more this winter.  

There is a large handful of Seagrove Potters having special holiday openings tomorrow. Below is the list of potters. 
From the Ground Up Pots
Ben Owen Pottery
Westmoore Pottery
Bulldog Pottery
Latham's Pottery
Caldwell Hohl Artworks
Pottery Junction
Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery
Blue Hen Pottery
Crystal King Pottery
Dean & Martin Pottery
Johnston & Gentithes
Avery Pottery & Tileworks
David Stuempfle Pottery
Our neighbor Sid Luck is also burning his ground hog kiln tomorrow. 

Samantha Henneke, Caterpillar Glaze Painting, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Samantha Henneke, Blue Fly Painting, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Water Midge, Samantha Henneke, Caterpillar Glaze Painting, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bulldog Pottery Holiday Kiln Opening.. December 12, 2015

It is that time of year... One more Hurrah! On December 12, 2015. In the studio we are working on our decorative crystalline molybdenum glazes and will have some more pots out by our December Holiday Kiln opening. The North Carolina Arts Council put together a list of the upcoming Discover Seagrove Holiday Kiln openings, read more at Artful Holidays: ‘Tis the Season to Buy Local, scroll down to the bottom of the blog article for the Seagrove Pottery Kiln openings in December.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Objective Clay Holiday Exhibition

Elephant Cup, made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

  Objective Clay invited us to participate in their first holiday online exhibition.  We have three pottery pieces each that we chose to be a part of this show.

Objective Clay is made up of 14 potters who were the demonstrators at the Utilitarian Clay Conference of 2012.  We were lucky to be able to attend the conference at Arrowmont in Gatlinbug, TN.  We met many potters there, and were impressed by the caliber of the presenters.  Blair Clemo, now a teacher at VCU, is an honored cousin from Cousins in Clay 2013 (along with Dan Anderson). Every member of Objective Clay invited someone to be apart of the exhibition and Blair invited us. Thank you Blair!  Blair makes really exciting pots, and has a great way of demonstrating the techniques he has developed.  Blair made a Ceramics Arts Daily video you can purchase, called "Simply Oranate".   We selected six pieces from our recent reduction gas firing. Bruce chose a pitcher, cup and mug with new ash and spodumene glazes, and I  chose an elephant cup and plate, and one of our matte crystalline glazed vases.
The Ultilitarain Conference is every 4 years and is hosted by Arrowmont. They have announced next years line-up. We hope we will be able to go.

The Objective Clay online exhibition goes live on November 20th. You can find out the details at their the Objective Clay website.

We are looking forward to this weekend--November 20-22, 2015! 

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters will be in full swing. We are always thrilled and amazed at all the pots our rural community can produce.  There is a lot of talent here,  and visiting the Seagrove Potters this weekend is a great time to touch base with the majority of us in one location. It only happens once a year, for the rest of the time we have pottery shops open to the public with hours that are individual to each shop. The most common hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 with some of us open on Sunday and Monday.

We will be open at our Bulldog Pottery shop as well as being at the Celebration of Seagrove Potters.

Pitcher by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Objective Clay Holiday Exhibition November 20 - December 31, 2015

Elephant Plate made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Vase, made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Mug, made by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Cup, made by Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Big weekend for all of us here in Seagrove, North Carolina

 The 8th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters, held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving, is next weekend, November 20-22, 2015. …. We get to hang out with our Seagrove Pottery neighbors all under one roof at the historic Luck's Cannery. The building is transformed into a beautiful showplace for Seagrove potteries to celebrate the potter's art.

The Friday night evening Gala kicks off the Seagrove Potters weekend at the Historic Luck's Cannery,   November 20, 6pm - 9pm.   Purchase your Celebration tickets here.

The Friday night Gala features a catered reception -- a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, music and the popular "Seagrove Potters' Collaborative Auction".   This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths and have first pick of the pots before the marketplace opens Saturday morning.  The Friday evening ticket will also admit you to both Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday10am-4pm. This is definitely the place to be if you like pottery. There is something for everyone's tastes.

Our Bulldog Pottery shop (3306 US Hwy 220, 5 miles south of the traffic light in Seagove) will also be open during the entire weekend.  For more information call 336-302-3469 or 910-428-9728 or

Images from last year's Celebration of Seagrove Potters- 2014
Samantha, Bruce, Gloria, and Ed from Celebration 2014

Bulldog Pottery booth image from Celebration of Seagrove Potters 2014

Seagrove Potters group picture from Celebration of Seagrove Potters 2014

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pottery on the Hill, Washington DC

Pottery on the Hill in Washington DC October 30 - November 1, 2015

Pottery on the Hill: October 30-November 1, 2015

Press Release is from the Hill Center's Website……

You know your farmer. Now meet your potter.

Pottery on the Hill welcomes 16 of the nation’s top ceramic artists

“Farm to table” refers not only to the fresh, local produce you buy from the farmer himself. It’s also about bringing food to the table looking its best. That means it’s time to talk to a potter.

The annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on October 30-November 1, is a chance to meet and talk with 16 prominent potters from across the country about their work.

“Pots for use is definitely the theme of this show,” says Dan Finnegan, the show curator. “Most of us share this passion for making pots for people’s homes.”

The pieces chosen for Pottery on the Hill show a variety of styles, influences and techniques. Some are whimsical while others are refined. Most are wheel thrown but have hand-built elements. These potters use bright colors as well as more subdued tones.

Artists featured in Pottery on the Hill include: Bob Briscoe (Harris, MN), Trista Depp Chapman (Fredericksburg, VA), Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg, VA), Warren Frederick (Warrenton, VA), Bruce Gholson (Seagrove, NC), Samantha Henneke (Seagrove, NC), Matthew Hyleck (Baltimore, MD), Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC), Suze Lindsay (Bakersville, NC), Kent McLaughlin (Bakersville, NC), Matthew Metz (Alfred Station, NY), Donna Polseno (Floyd, VA), Mark Shapiro (Worthington, MA), Gertrude Graham Smith (Penland, NC), Sam Taylor (Westhampton, MA) and Catherine White (Warrenton, VA).

Pottery on the Hill features a ticketed preview reception on the evening of October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This reception offers the first opportunity to meet the potters, learn their inspiration and purchase pieces. The first 100 guests will receive a beer sampler crafted by a potter. Tickets are available online.

The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, takes place on October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additionally, a Pottery Slam, where potters challenge each other, take challenges from the audience, and work together on pottery wheels to make pieces, will take place at the Art League Annex in Alexandria on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. Potters Dan Finnegan, Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor will be joined by Blair Meerfield of the Torpedo Factory.

So when you next buy sunflowers picked that morning in a farmer’s field, have a ceramic vase that displays them as they deserve.