Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bruce Gholson - AKAR Yunomi Invitational


Bruce Gholson, Fossil Fish Yunomi, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Tomorrow, May 13th will be the opening of the tenth annual Akar Yunomi Invitational, with 950 yunomi from 190 artists.  A "yunomi" is a form of teacup being taller than wide with a trimmed or turned foot for daily or informal tea drinking. Seems to work great for water, wine, whiskey, and whatnot too.

We have always found this show exciting and inspirational to be a part of. This event is highly motivating to us to be a bit more daring with how we will approach the surface of the cups we will choose from. Akar's Yunomi show has always been a spur to push us further, with the yunomi being a great vehicle to risk new surface combinations, and experiment with some of the new glazes we have been developing. Bruce's selections for this years Yunomi show are shown below.
The top piece is porcelain, and the next four are red stoneware.

Bruce Gholson, Fossil Fish Yunomi, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Bruce Gholson, Fossil Fish Yunomi, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Bruce Gholson, Fossil Fish Yunomi, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Bruce Gholson, Fossil Fish Yunomi, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Samantha Henneke Yunomis AKAR Design

Flowing Phenomena Yunomi, drinking cup, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

These five yunomis that I selected to send to AKAR are from the most recent group of drinking cups that I made this early spring.  I am exploring new ways to work with our flowing crystalline glazes to push their fluid characteristics, and still keep the glazes on the pot. I am drawn to the way these turned out and looking forward to creating more.

detail of yunomi, notice the molybdenum iridescent crystals

We are hard at work in the studio focusing on making pots and cycling them through for glazing. "Cousins in Clay" June 4&5 is coming up soon and we want to make sure we have fresh new pots for our visitors to choose from. Our calendar is packed full of invitational shows this year. We are super excited and in a very happy and active place in the studio right now. 

In the next post we will share Bruce's yunomi selections for the upcoming AKAR yunomi invitational show opening online on May 13.

 Stay tuned for a blog post introducing our clay cousins for this year's "Cousins in Clay" June 4&5.

I took pictures of these cups from multiple views. And it is fun to see that one side of the cup can be so different from the other. Especially the one below. You can see the multiple views on our Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke/Bulldog Pottery Facebook page.  While you are there like and follow are Bulldog Pottery page find out more about what we are up too.
Flowing Phenomena Yunomi, drinking cup, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Flowing Phenomena Yunomi, drinking cup, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Flowing Phenomena Yunomi, drinking cup, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Flowing Phenomena Yunomi, drinking cup, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Cake", an exhibition at the Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Cake Stand- Ceramic stand made by Bruce Gholson and Glass globe made by Joe Grant

Last year, at the end of the summer, Bruce accepted an invitation to be included in the special exhibition "Cake" curated by Margaret Carney, the director of the Dinnerware Museum. The Dinnerware Museum is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The exhibition "Cake" is on view from April 9 - September 4, 2016, with open hours on weekends or by appointment.  

After accepting the invitation and thinking about what to design, Bruce was struck with the inspiration of a collaboration with the glass artist Joe Grant, director of the glass studio program at STARworks in Star, NC. just five miles south of Bulldog Pottery.  

Images of the cake stands can be seen online at Cake Invitational. Bruce glazed the stand with our black molybdenum crystalline glaze which shows its distinctive iridescent stars and flower shapes. 

Bruce's and Joe's cake stand is 20 inches tall and 11 inches in diameter. A cake could be several layers tall and still have space for some decorative elements or figures under the dome. The Stand and Globe is available for purchase from the exhibition for $675.00, with some of the proceeds going to support the Dinnerware Museum.  

"The Dinnerware Museum celebrates a significant aspect of our daily lives. The permanent collection features international dinnerware from ancient to futuristic times; created from ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, lacquer, fiber, paper, wood and more. A delight for collectors, foodies, and visitors worldwide, the Dinnerware Museum has been described as creating a dream museum one place setting at a time."

You can see images of the exhibition opening on the Dinnerware Museum Facebook page. 

It was a stimulating experience working on this project with Joe Grant, and I am looking forward to doing it again.

Joe Grant and Bruce Gholson at STARwork Glass studio, Star, NC

Margaret Carney sent us an image of Bruce's and Joe's cake stand displayed in the Dinnerware Museum. 

View of inside the Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Cousins are coming.... June 4-5, 2016

Cousins in Clay in Seagrove, NC at Bulldog Pottery/Gholson&Henneke
8th annual Cousins in Clay

June 4-5, 2016

 Hosted by

Bruce Gholson
Samantha Hennke
Michael Kline

Honored Cousins for this year's "Cousins in Clay", Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Julia Galloway
Dug Stanat
Tara Wilson

at Bulldog Pottery/Gholson&Henneke
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt
Seagrove, NC 27341
910-428-9728 for more information or visit our website Cousins in Clay

#CousinsInClay
Cousins in Clay in Seagrove, NC at Bulldog Pottery/Gholson&Henneke

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 
#NCPottersConf
  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