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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bruce and Samantha at the Potters Market Invitational 2015

A selection of Bulldog Pottery-Gholson & Henneke at the Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte, NC
It has been around 2 weeks since the Potters Market Invitational in Charlotte, NC and we are still thinking about what a great time we had on Saturday at the Mint Museum Randolph. The weather was just right, and there were many excited pottery collectors that came for this exhibition.  The Delhom Service League once again put on a great event. They are wonderful hosts that made sure all the potters stayed hydrated throughout the day. It is always a treat for us to talk with the folks that love pottery as much as we do, and to also meet new people that are beginning to catch the bug of wanting to buy handmade pottery for their home.

A selection of Bulldog Pottery-Gholson and Henneke, that we had at the Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum Randolph Charlotte, NC

Bruce Gholson & Samantha Henneke at the Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte, NC
Our pottery booth this year was located at the entrance of the white tent.  All of the potters are located under one tent which gives the outdoor show a good cohesive feel for the potters and the collectors. Our neighbor at the show this year was Donna Craven who is also a neighbor potter in our Seagrove Pottery community.  The Potters Market was described by one of the organizers as a sort of home-coming for the potters because we all are excited to see one another and what each other is making. Sometimes this is the one time of the year for us to catch up with many of these other potters.  

The Delhom Service League hosts this pottery event, and the money raised goes to enlarge the exciting Delhom Pottery Collection. They will soon rearrange the exhibit space for their collection of British Ceramics. Brian Gallagher is the Curator of the Decorative Arts, and has recently published a catalog of this British Ceramics Collection that will soon be available for purchase.  

We are now getting ready for the upcoming invitational pottery show at the Washington DC's Hill Center in the Old Naval Hospital on October 30-November 1, 2015.  Also this Friday evening we will be giving a talk in Raleigh for the North Carolina Pottery Collector's Guild.  On the way to the presentation we will be dropping off some of Samantha's works to the Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill for the "Women in Clay" show.  It is a busy time for us here in Seagrove at Bulldog Pottery.

Our talk has been postponed to December 4, 2015 because of Hurricane Joaquin.

Donna Craven Pottery at the Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte, NC

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum Randolph

Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte, NC
Potters Market Invitational
Mint Museum Randolph
September 12, 2015
Admission: $10

We are members of the Mint Museum located in Charlotte, NC, and the reason why is the Delhom Service League.  Back in the early 2000's we bumped into an article somewhere on the web about a group at the Mint Museum that talk about pots. We thought, "How cool is that!" We wrote down on our list of to-dos to find out about the classes.  A few months later pottery collectors, Leo and Elizabeth Kohn-a husband and wife collector team, visited us in our Bulldog Pottery shop and told us more about the Delhom Service League. The Kohns very warmly invited us to attend one of the League's classes, where we were very graciously received by the organization.

The Delhom Service League schedules monthly presentations at the Mint Museum Randolph by a ceramic scholar, as well as, organized classes by the group's members to teach docents and museum members about the Mint Museum's extensive ceramics collection. The Mint Museum has a wonderful collection of pottery named after the contributor Miss M. Mellanay Delhom.

The League was organized in 1972 following the arrival of Miss M. Mellanay Delhom and her outstanding ceramics collection of historical pottery and porcelain. The mission of the Delhom Service League is to create and develop interest in ceramics by studying the world of potters and their cultures, from ancient China to contemporary America.

Check out this year's Delhom presentations at the Mint Museum's website. We have been to a handful of them over the years, and wish we could attend more. We always look forward to making the trip to visit the Mint Museum in Charlotte to see their superb ceramics collection.

The Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC

From the Delhom Pottery Collection at the Mint Museum Randolph

Bruce Gholson and Elizabeth Kohn in 2009 at the Potters Market Invitational

PMI's 2015 North Carolina Participating Potters are: 
William Baker, Kyle Carpenter, Jim Connell, Josh Copus, Donna Craven, Will Dickert, Judith Duff, Kim Ellington, Susan Filley, Carol Gentithes, Terry Gess, Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke, Nick Joerling, Daniel & Kate Johnston, Fred Johnston, Matt Jones, Freeman & Maggie Jones, Shawn Ireland, Matthew Kelly, Eric Knocke, Jeannine Marchand, Andrew Massey, Alex Matisse, Will McCanless, Reiko Miyagi, Ben Owen III, Pam Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Ronan Peterson, John Ransmeier, Lindsay Rogers, Michael Rutkowsky, Joseph Sand, Akira Satake, Ken & Connie Sedberry, Eric Serritella, Jenny Lou Sherburne, David Stuempfle, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Matt Wegleitner, Jim Whalen, and Julie Wiggins.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cousins in Clay in the Mountains of NC

We are looking forward to the 5th annual "Cousins in Clay" Mountains! Every year, we, along with Michael Kline, host two "Cousins in Clay" events. One at the beginning of the summer (weekend after Memorial Day) at our Bulldog Pottery studios in Seagrove, NC and one at the end of the summer at Michael Kline's Pottery in Bakersville, NC. This year the Mountain Clay Cousins will be on Labor Day Weekend, September 5-6, 2015.  

Two artists we admire, Justin and Brooke Rothshank, will be our guest cousins at the Labor Day weekend show and sale.  Justin makes pottery with layered surfaces of decals and glazes that integrate well together on his functional pottery forms, and Brooke paints miniature images that are amazing in detail.

We set up our pottery under white tents on the hill top of Michael's and Stacey''s property under beautiful oak trees very near his workshop and sales gallery.  This year his wife Stacey Lane, a jeweler, will have her work for sale in Michael's gallery along with Brooke Rothshank's paintings. Michael is a short drive (around 10 minutes) from the famous Penland Craft school.  It is always a treat to take our work to the NC Mountains!

We are also busily getting ready for the 11th Annual Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum Randolph, September 12th, in Charlotte, NC!  This is a wonderful event that we are proud to be invited to participate in along with 40 other potters.  Stay tuned for the next blog post to read more specifics about the Mint Museum's PMI.