Sunday, November 2, 2014

7th annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters, November 21-23, 2014

Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Seagrove, North Carolina

We are excitedly looking forward to the Celebration of Seagrove Potters this year. It is coming up soon, and will be here before we can count to three. Well I hope not that fast, many pots to be glazed and fired yet.  We will have a new selection of our decorative crystalline vases for the Celebration event, and then on December 13, 2014 we will have a fresh kiln load of our functional pottery for our Holiday Kiln Opening here at Bulldog Pottery.  

Every year, we the Seagrove Potters, gather under one roof at the Historic Luck's Cannery just a short distance from downtown Seagrove. This weekend is a good opportunity to see the diversity of pottery that we all have available throughout the year. The Seagrove Potters are open to the public just about every day of the year (except most of us are closed on major holidays). We all have individual shop hours and each shop is unique in its own way.  The Seagrove Potters website is a good way to get in contact with individual shops.

November 21, 2014 is the special Gala from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
November 22, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
November 23, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm

At the Historic Luck's Cannery 
798 Pottery Highway 705 
Seagrove, North Carolina 27341

Gala tickets (includes Friday night dinner, $45 per person) can be purchased online by visiting the Seagrove Potters website, and this ticket is good for the entire weekend. The Friday evening Gala is a great time to shop the Seagrove Potter's booths. You get first selection of the potters work and participate in the special collaboration auction. 

Saturday morning the Celebration opens up at 9:00am and Sunday at 10:00am.  On Saturday and Sunday, tickets ($5 per person) can be purchased at the door of the Historic Luck's Cannery.  We are always amazed at just how many pots there are to choose from for this event, under one roof at the Historic Lucks Cannery on Pottery Hwy 705. There is pottery for everyone here, and we hope you make it out to our little town of Seagrove in central North Carolina.

You can follow the Seagrove Potters on facebook at Celebration of Seagrove Potters, and Seagrove Potters. This is a great way to keep up with all the pottery and activities that the Seagrove Potters are working on.
List of Seagrove Potteries Participating in the 7th annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters

Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, 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, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McCanless, McKay, McNeill's, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Southern Spirits, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, and Windsong.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fooled You Pepper

Fooled You Peppers on Bulldog Pottery plate

Our summer garden is winding down for the year.  We probably picked our last eggplant a couple of days ago. The Fooled You, our favorite pepper plant is still producing.  This pepper variety has been one of our top varieties to grow.  We start it from seed and put the plants into the ground in May.  We pick an abundant amount of peppers from each plant, they are thick and meaty and are perfect for stir-frys.  We have read that their name is Fooled You because they look just like a Jalapeno peppers but they are sweet and mild.  We have been enjoying picking fall flowers and putting them to use in a vase that we held back from one of our August firings.  I am really enjoying this glaze. The color reminds me of gazing into the pond that is on our property.

Our summer has been a busy and productive one, and we are happy.  Our studio pottery work is moving right along and we are looking forward to our upcoming holiday season pottery events.  The Celebration of Seagrove Potters is on November 21-23, 2014 and our Holiday Kiln Opening is December 13, 2014.

Bulldog Pottery Vase thrown by Samantha Henneke

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bulldog Pottery current show at AKAR Art and Design, Iowa City, Iowa

Bruce Gholson, Fossil Fish Jar, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina
AKAR Gallery have invited us to be the exhibiting artists in their gallery into the month of October.  AKAR Gallery located in Iowa City, Iowa and is nationally known for representing an excellent group of ceramics artists. We are honored and happy to be invited and have this opportunity to show our work at AKAR. Our exhibit of 40 ceramic works opens on September 26, 2014, Friday, at 10:00am central (11:00 eastern time).  You will be able to view our show on their website, and also have the opportunity to purchase the pieces online.

We focused on our decorative crystalline glazes for this show. Bruce created his fossil fish yunomis and mugs, bottle forms, covered jars, and a teapot.  Samantha focused on her mushroom jars, insect cups, and vases.

If you are interested in collecting our pieces from our show at the AKAR Gallery you will need to create an account at the AKAR website so you will be ready when the pieces go for sale on Friday morning at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 Eastern Time). If you have already registered on their 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.

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

We are really happy with the pieces that we sent!
Samantha Henneke, Porcelain Vase, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Friday, June 27, 2014

National Insect Week

Red Eye Fly, photo by Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, NC

Did you know that this is National Insect Week?

I follow a few bug twitterers and found out that this week, June 23 - June 29, is National Insect Week. The Royal Entomological Society of the United Kingdom organizes this week every two years in order to educate people of all ages to learn more about insects.

I like to take macro images of insects on the property and in the garden.  Inspirations come from the vivid colors, the textures, and abstract shapes that form because of the shadows and light.

Holding myself as still as possible, sometimes in an awkward position, knees bending, neck tilted, often waiting for the insect to land and hoping that we both will stay still at the same time.  If the wind is blowing, even the ever so slight breeze, images of insects become even more difficult and next to impossible to shoot with the camera.

It would be cool to have a photographer taking images of a photographer taking images.  Documenting the process of photographers out in the field would be a good learning experience for the audience looking at the images that the photographer has taken.  A couple of years ago Julie Galloway demonstrated (along with Peter Beasecker and Tara Wilson) at the North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC. During her slide presentation she showed an image of a photographer immersed neck deep in a pond, and her comment was "being in the thick of it".  That is when you are really in the throws of creating your art.  A compelling place when you are just making, and everything around you is a blur. Bruce and I call this being "in the zone", a wonderful place to be.

Little Tiny Bug, photo by Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, NC

Dragonfly, photo by Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, NC

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Happy Truth…. The Cousins are Coming...

Meet Bruce, Samantha, Dan, Michael and Blair
"Cousins in Clay" at Bulldog Pottery-Seagrove, NC
May 31 - June 1, 2014
 Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4
Happiness is Spending the Weekend with Your Clay Cousins

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Cousins in Clay" - Seagrove, North Carolina

Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke, Michael Kline, at Michael Kline's Pottery
"The Cousins Are Coming" - May 31 - June 1, 2014 to Seagrove, NC at Bulldog Pottery
Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson, Michael Kline

We are putting our finishing touches on making pottery.  Life is super busy here at Bulldog.  We are getting ready for our clay cousins to come to Seagrove. Dan is driving from Illinois, Blair is traveling from Michigan, and Michael will be rolling down from near North Carolina's Roan mountaintop.  

Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson, Michael Kline

Back in 2009 we had our first kiln opening here at Bulldog Pottery.  We invited Michael Kline to join us. We wanted to give it a name and Bruce remembered a blog post that Michael wrote on "Sawdust and Dirt" about visiting his clay cousins here in Seagrove. Little did Michael know (or did he?), that his post would lead to an invite to our pottery sale. Since that first sale, we have now partnered with Michael and hold two "Cousins in Clay" pottery events a year.  At the beginning of the summer "Cousins in Clay" is at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC, and at the end of the summer "Cousins in Clay" is held at Micheal Kline's Pottery close to the Penland Crafts School, in Bakersville NC.

This year we have invited Dan Anderson and Blair Clemo to be our honored "Clay Cousins".  Dan Anderson retired from teaching in 2002 and is very outgoing and involved in the clay community. He curates shows, does workshops, makes lots of pots, and is actively engaged on social networks sharing lots of images.

Blair Clemo is a young, up and coming potter with an amazing touch, and unique flair with clay. We first met Blair when he was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at the Arrowmont School of Crafts. Congratulations to Blair, who has accepted a tenure-track ceramics teaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, the #1 rated University Arts program.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
We hold the "Cousins in Clay" event in our breezeway. We always hope for splendid weather, but if need be we will move inside.
"Cousins in Clay",  Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Last year Michael and Bruce gave a duo demo, this year will be different, and we are honored and happy to announce that Blair Clemo will present a demonstration on Saturday at 3:00pm and Dan Anderson will present a demo on Sunday from 1:30pm -2:30pm.

Michael Kline and Bruce Gholson at 2014 "Cousins in Clay"
The whole weekend is filled with good times. Beginning on Saturday Chornis Pou Vasilou will play his Greek bouzouki in the morning.
Chronis Pou Vasilou playing the bouzouki, and Jack Troy's pots 2013, Seagrove, NC 
Blair Clemo will be demonstrating on Saturday beginning at 3:00. The Saturday event winds up at 5:00pm. Blair posted a time-lapse video a few weeks ago on you tube of building one of his covered jars.
Blair Clemo, Seagrove, NC
Sunday - June 1
Sunday is a super fun day as well. Beginning at 10:00am we will be ready for you to join us for more pottery loving times.   At 12:00 the potters potluck begins. Bring a dish to share and sit for awhile with the potters from the region.  This has become a very special time for us.  We invite the local potters to take an afternoon off from their busy schedules to vista, eat, and welcome our out-of-state pottery guests to North Carolina.

Potters Potluck at "Cousins in Clay" on Sunday June 1, 2014, Seagrove, NC
Some of the potters will be bringing their instruments to play music for us as well. Al McCanless will be showing up with his fiddle, and Michael Mahan has said that he will show up with his flute. Eck McCanless mentioned that maybe he will be able to make it as well.

Michael Mahan and Al McCanless at "Cousins in Clay" 2013, Seagrove, NC
At 1:30pm we will break for a 1 hour long demo with pottery master Dan Anderson and I am for one looking forward to seeing Dan behind the wheel.  There is a good podcast interview by Brian Jones of Dan Anderson on the "Jonescast".
Dan Anderson, Seagrove, NC
As Dan winds down his demo maybe we can get an encore from the musicians for a few more tunes.

Chad Brown pottery project to build his first wood kiln, Seagrove, NC
We wanted to let you know about another pottery happening the weekend of the Cousins, which is Chad Brown's "1000 Mugs to Build a Kiln" project.  The mugs are $25 and these can be picked up at his newly purchased property on Chriscoe Road.  You can e-mail him at chadcameronbrown at gmail dot com .

Chad Brown pottery project to build his first wood kiln, Seagrove, NC

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

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