Monday, May 22, 2017

Exercise- the 7-minute Work-out

Spiral Yunomi, made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
We are preparing for our upcoming Cousins in Clay annual event with Michael Kline here in Seagrove at our Bulldog Pottery studio. Our guest clay cousins are Lindsay Oesterritter and Kenyon Hansen.  On June 3-4, the weekend after Memorial Day, we open our studio to host these fabulous artists. Kenyon will make a cross country drive to North Carolina from his new home in Fayetteville, Arizona, Lindsay is joining us from Manassass, Va., and Michael from Bakersville, NC.

This is always a busy time here at Bulldog Pottery getting ready for Cousins in Clay.

       I recently discovered an app called the Seven Minute Workout.  I read about time management every once in awhile and one thing that comes up in the writings is the importance of adding exercise to the daily to do list.  We have found it hard to add an exercise routine to our daily schedule.

      For the past week in the morning I have followed along with the animated instructor in the early morning, during my first cup of coffee.  So far I have found doing these 30 second exercise moves to be a good start at getting back into shape. The app suggesst that you can do the 7 minute workout a few times a day while at work and can try doing the routine 2-3 times in a row, building up to 21 minutes.

I am currently using the Johnson and Johnson 7 minute workout app. Here is a link to an article that I read that has some more app suggestions, The 5 Best 7 Minute Workout Apps Which Actually Work.  And another article to read is The Scientific 7-Minute Workout by Gretchen Reynolds.

We continue to glaze this week and into the beginning of next week. We have fresh Moka glaze pottery ready for Cousins and we are now working on a few crystalline pieces for the upcoming Cousins in Clay kiln opening.  Below is an image of what our table looks like while we are glazing. We mix our glazes and store them in individual containers. We are always in search of a new glaze for our palette.








Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational this weekend

Bulldog Pottery will be at  the Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational, May 5-7, 2017 in Massachusetts

We are headed to Massachusetts this weekend for the Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational curated by Todd Wahlstrom and Aysha Peltz.  We are looking forward to joining this group of artists. These pottery focused events are a wonderful time for us renewing old friendships and making new ones

May 5th, Friday evening 5:30-8:30PM
May 6th, Saturday 10-6PM
May 7th, Sunday 11-5PM

The Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational is a nationally recognized, 2½ -day exhibit that brings pottery to the people.  The potters will be present to talk with the public about their world.

The following artists are invited to participate:

Normandy Alden (West Winfield NY), Hayne Bayless  (Ivoryton, CT), Bruce Gholson & Samantha Henneke aka Bulldog Pottery (Seagrove, NC), Sarah Heimann (Lebanon, NH), Jody Johnstone (Swanville, ME), Robbie Lobell (Coupeville, WA), Maya Machin (Ashfield, MA), Colleen McCall (Elmira, NY), Hannah Niswonger (Winchester, MA), Tom O’Malley (Forestdale, RI), Jeremy Randall (Tully, NY), Nicholas Seidner (Middletown Spring, VT), Willi Singleton (Kempton, PA), Stacey Snyder (Arlington, VA), Brian Taylor (Brewster, MA), Kyla Toomey (Waltham, MA), Holly Walker (Randolph, VT), Adero Willard (Northampton, MA), and curators Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom, both of Whitingham, VT.

For more information you can visit Worcester Center for Crafts website
Worcester Center for Crafts is located at
25 Sagamore Rd. Worcester, MA 01605
contact 508-753-8183 or wccregistration@worcester.edu

You can follow Worcester Center for Crafts on facebook to find out more details.
Read more about the Pottery Invitational here


 We are firing a kiln today. We will select some pieces from the kiln for the upcoming weekend and will have plenty to show for "Cousins in Clay" on June 3&4, 2017.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Springtime in Seagrove, NC

Vase made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Hello! This morning we woke up to a little snow on the ground. I am sure it won't last long. It is really pretty though while it does. We are getting ready for our upcoming spring shows. Soon I will update our Event's sidebar. Oh my life sure does whiz by.

We just finished working with the Randolph Arts Guild on the North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC. We are really thankful for all of the hard work and dedication the Randolph Arts Guild provides the community we live in.

We believe that Art provides us sustenance to our everyday lives. It nourishes us in so many ways.

What would life be without music, poetry, photography, books, theater, painting, sculpture...... and of course pottery.  Pottery is part of our everyday life--- using it, as well as, making pottery.

Is pottery in your life?

Brooks Jensen, a photographer and publisher of Lenswork magazine, was one of the speakers at the North Carolina Potters Conference last weekend.  He recently released a podcast about his experiences during his stay here in North Carolina. You can listen to his podcast through iTunes, it is called Lenswork. "Sharing the Creative Life Across Media" Podcast #1003. While you are at it download some of his other ruminations. Enjoy!
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

daily picture beginning

Reflection in Pond, 1/27/17, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

     I started my daily picture taking again----- Not sure if this will be a daily practice, but definitely a weekly one.  I do enjoy looking for and composing images. There seems to me, something different that happens when composing an image in the square format versus the rectangle shape.  When I walk around with my phone I set the shape to square, with our dslr the shape is rectangle. These images I am sharing with you I took with my phone this past week. 

I visit our ponds often with Bella and I find this a magical place for me to be.  Water is a grounding element for my consciousness as we know it is with many folks.  

We have been working in the studio on a few new ideas, and I have been catching up with business projects. Hopefully, soon we will have a new website and updated events information for 2017. I am half way through our taxes and will finish these soon so my focus can be back in the studio (and website.) We are looking forward to our new website, surely a perpetual work in progress.

We are preparing for the upcoming North Carolina Potters Conference, which takes place the first weekend of March (March 3-5, 2017) in Asheboro, North Carolina. This will be the 30th year and we are looking forward to the pottery demonstrators and presenters. To learn more about the North Carolina Potters Conference visit the Randolph Arts Guild's website

The pottery demonstrators are David MacDonald, Gerit Grimm, and Blair Clemo. The presentations will be given by Stuart Kestenbaum, Sanjit Sethi, Andrea Gill, and Brooks Jensen.  It definitely will be a fabulous weekend, and anyone that loves ceramics and pottery, should consider signing up and spend the weekend with the potters and engage in the conversations about all things clay.



Luna Bella, 1/26/17, by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC



Pond, 1/29/17, by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC



Seed Pod, 1/30/17, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Veil

Bud Vase, made by Samantha Henneke, 7.5" x 3", Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina
Samantha writes, "This color combination reminds me of a thin veil covering water bubbles in our dark tannin filled pond at the edge of our woods.

    I was reading the other day about an alligator's vision. They have a third eyelid called a “nictitating membrane” that folds down over their eyes when they swim through water. This eyelid acts as a veil for the alligator's eye so they can see as they swim in the murky conditions of being underwater."


We are participating in this weekend's Holiday Open House, December 17, with a few other Seagrove Potters: Hatfield Pottery at Carolina Crockery, Dirtworks Pottery, Dover Pottery, Caldwell-Hohl Pottery, Donna's Pottery Haven, and Johnston and Gentithes Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, and Bulldog Pottery/Gholson and Henneke. 

Picture by Samantha Henneke, Winter scene with Gum Pod, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

The image below is part of my 365 one picture a day project from 2013. This image was taken on April 30, 2013.  If you are interested in seeing my complete album of images, they are on our Flickr site at "A Picture a Morning".
Spider Seltzer, April 30, 2013, Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, North Carolina


Pottery Purchase Note-
We thought we would try showing some of our crystalline vases that we have available in our pottery shop. The Buy Now button below leads you to paypal where you can purchase the vase. We don't have the shipping calculated as we would like to be able to charge you the exact amount that it will take to deliver the piece to you (plus $5 for handling). We could send you a separate invoice when we find out the shipping cost.  If you live in North Carolina we could hold the vase for you to pick up or ship it to you, we will need to add 7% sales tax.  This is all new to us so if you do purchase this vase please hang in there with us as we are working on figuring out this process. Our phone number is Bruce's cell- 336-302-3469.
You will need a paypal account to use this way of purchasing the vase. Otherwise please call us or we could send you an invoice.
Thank you

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Buttercups

Bud Vase, bu Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, North Carolina, Bulldog Pottery

Buttercups
Reminiscent of a children's game where one child would hold a buttercup under their friend's chin to see if it reflected back yellow. If your chin did reflect yellow then it was said that you liked butter. It always felt good to win and have a yellow chin, though I was not a fan of butter as a child and I am still not unless it is the vehicle in which shrimp is cooked in or found in oyster stew.....

I found an article "Why Buttercups reflect yellow on chins", published in December 2011 by scientists at the University of Cambridge, why the buttercup has an unique ability to reflect yellow on chins.

Written in the article:  "The researchers discovered that the buttercup petal’s unique bright and glossy appearance is the result of the interplay between its different layers. In particular, the strong yellow reflection responsible for the chin illumination is mainly due to the epidermal layer of the petal that reflects yellow light with an intensity that is comparable to glass." 

Flower, photograph by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Mindly - Organize your Inner Universe


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

We love the blue hue of this matte crystalline glaze and its emerald rim. The surface has a satiny quality like an exotically speckled blue egg, or an unusually pale blue eggplant or gourd.

As we finish up in the studio for our upcoming holiday kiln opening, we look forward to the holidays ahead of us. We love this season, a great time to reflect on what we have accomplished this year in the studio, and to set goals for the new year that is ahead.  We plan and speculate on some new directions in our work this coming year. We presently have begun the foundation testing of new clay bodies and on formulations for several new glazes. Lots of ideas that have been warming on the back burner that we are actively moving up to the front. We are so excited about our future opportunities in the studio right now.

There is an app that we have played around with this year called Mindly- Organize your Inner Universe. It is an app that provides us with a layout to create mind maps. A mind map is a great way to develop a visual strategy for a new idea.

Insect, photo by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery gardens, Seagrove, North Carolina

Pottery Purchase Note-
We thought we would try showing some of our crystalline vases that we have available in our pottery shop. The Buy Now button below leads you to paypal where you can purchase the vase. We don't have the shipping calculated as we would like to be able to charge you the exact amount that it will take to deliver the piece to you (plus $5 for handling). We could send you a separate invoice when we find out the shipping cost.  If you live in North Carolina we could hold the vase for you to pick up or ship it to you, we will need to add 7% sales tax.  This is all new to us so if you do purchase this vase please hang in there with us as we are working on figuring out this process. Our phone number is Bruce's cell- 336-302-3469.
You will need a paypal account to use this way of purchasing the vase. Otherwise please call us or we could send you an invoice.
Thank you