Thursday, December 1, 2016


Calm a book by Dr. Arlene K. Unger

    On our recent excursion to Barnes and Noble we purchased this book "Calm", after flipping through its pages and connecting with one of the passages written on page 89, titled "Butterfly Mind".  An inspiring visualization exercise to help us with multi-tasking.  They suggest to try this visualization next time you are trying to multitask, or for me it would be when I have so many ideas and things I want to do that it is is hard to start or know where to begin. 

The visualization begins... imagine many different butterflies all flying around and you have a net and want to capture one to take a closer look. You try to net one in flight, you swipe from one to the other unable to catch any because they are too quick and agile.  Visualize focusing on one beautifully colorfully patterned butterfly resting on a flower, you block out all the others and gently put your net over this one butterfly, you can now take a closer look, admire it and then release it back into the sky.  
This visualization resonated with me, and so this book came home with us and I am continuing to enjoy reading through the rest of the book.

We are preparing for our Holiday Open House coming up on December 10th and December 17th.  A few other Seagrove Potteries are participating. We are looking forward to our "One more Hurrah" before the end of the year.

Butterfly Tile, 4"x4", made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Matte Crystalline Vase with Buttery Shade of Yellow

Matte crystalline vase, Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

This vase, made by Bruce Gholson, is a crystalline matte glaze with a buttery shade of yellow and emerald green rim. The piece measures 8.24 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide,  $145.00.

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!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Song Writers on Song Writing

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

We love books. Our newest addition to our collection is "Song Writers on Song Writing" by Paul Zollo, the book is full of interviews with 62 song writers about their inspirations, how they approach creative solutions, and some of their history. I did immediately look through to see if they had interviewed Robert Hunter who wrote songs for the Grateful Dead, but alas he wasn't included. I became familiar with this book via a share by David Rothenberg on Facebook. David Rothenberg has written books such as "Why Birds Sing" and "Whale Music", and the book that had immediately caught my attention is one titled "Bug Music, a book we purchased a couple of years ago.  We love our books. I love being surrounded by them.  My attentions jumps around from all the things we do during the day. We may not read all of these books from beginning to end but we love to be surrounded by them, and I love the feeling I get each morning when I wake up and look at our book shelves and see all the titles on the spines.

The post that David Rothenberg shared the other day was a link to a blog called Brain Pickings about the Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen. In the blog Brain Pickings, some of the posts referred to the interviews from the book "Song Writers on Song Writing."  We enjoy learning about the Creative Process and perspectives on this subject. We engage in the creative process everyday, and are interested in what are some characteristics of the brain that are  associated with creativity.

Samantha Henneke, Cup, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Meet the Cousins..... Seagrove, North Carolina on June 4-5, 2016

Sunday Potters Potluck from the 7th annual "Cousins in Clay" during 2015

  ----We are thrilled to invite you to our 8th annual "Cousins in Clay" pottery event----

 A rare opportunity to meet and talk with visiting nationally known clay artists about their work in a quiet and peaceful setting. Come on out...... you won't be disappointed.

  We invite Chronis Pou Vasiliou to play his Greek Bouzouki during Saturday until 3:00pm when we pull out our wheels for Julia Galloway and Tara Wilson to demonstrate a few of their pottery moves.

  Sunday the show and sale opens again at 10am and is a quiet time to relax with the potters until 12 noon when the potters potluck begins.  This year Will McCanless of McCanless Pottery will play Irish music, what a treat! At 1:30pm Dug Stanat will share with us some of his sculpting techniques.

Join Us this year for the

8th annual "Cousins in Clay"
An open and free pottery event for the public

June 4-5, 2016
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4

 Hosted by:
Bruce Gholson
Samantha Hennke
Michael Kline

The Guest Potters and Sculptor:

Julia Galloway
Dug Stanat
Tara Wilson

at Bulldog Pottery/Gholson & Henneke
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt
Seagrove, NC 27341
just 5 miles south of the town of Seagrove's single traffic

for more information or visit our "Cousins in Clay" website

Like our "Cousins in Clay" Facebook page

Come on out we will be here Rain or Shine.
We can't do it without you

Host Clay Cousin:  Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, NC
Samantha Henneke, Host potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay," at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
I love taking pictures around our property that continually inspires my glazes and images.  I work with a variety decorative techniques to  help me develop imagery and pattern on my work.  Bruce has been experimenting with ash and spodumene glazes that provide him with warm orange and ochre hues on his ceramics.  Recently Bruce has been adding an additional  layer of texture to his pottery that provides the user with an extra sensory experience.

Host Clay Cousin:  Bruce Gholson, Seagrove, NC
Covered Jar, Bruce Gholson, Host potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay," at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Host Clay Cousin:  Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC
Mug, Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC, Host of Mountain "Cousins in Clay" on Labor Day Weekend
Michael Kline is from Bakersville, NC and is known for his floral brush imagery that gracefully wraps around his wood-fired pottery forms. Sometimes his pots are covered with a honey amber color glaze that is as appetizing as maple syrup.  Recently Michael has focused his attention on decorating his pottery with a Korean inlay technique called sanggam. Michael is our perennial co-conspirator with Gholson-Henneke, and the annual Cousins in Clay events.

Have you every watched the new social media live video stream Periscope. Michael has been regularly posting videos on Periscope. You can download the app onto your mobile device. You can also watch his videos on your desktop.  Visit Michael 'Klineola' Kline on Periscope, check it out. It is really cool to watch the work of a studio potter live.

Every year we partner with our good friend Michael Kline, a Penland potter from Bakersville, NC and host two "Cousins in Clay" pottery events. Ours takes place here at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove the weekend after Memorial Day and Michael hosts Mountain "Cousins in Clay" on Labor Day Weekend at his Michael Kline Pottery in the mountains of North Carolina.

 Save the Date for this year's Mountain "Cousins in Clay" on September 4-5, 2016. Our guest mountain clay cousin is Kristen Kieffer.

Guest Clay Cousin: Julia Galloway, Missoula, Montana
Julia Galloway, guest potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay", at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Julia Galloway is currently the Director of the School of Art and Professor at the University of Montana, Missoula.

She makes "joyous pots, objects that weave into our daily lives through use," she writes,  "Teapots celebrate our drinking tea; a pitcher decorates a mantel when not in use; a mug with slight texture inside the handle allows our fingers to discover uniqueness. Pottery is a reflection of us."

Julia put together the “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans”, a website of information and resources that was developed by her and her students at the Rochester Institute of Art. The guide is intended to help and support students when they are finishing at school, and it contains helpful information for the professional ceramic artist  as well. The Ceramic Field Guide can be found on Julia Galloway's website.

Guest Clay Cousin: Dug Stanat, Fremont, California
Dug Stanat, guest sculptor at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay", at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Dug Stanat will fly in all the way to North Carolina from California. The intricacy that Dug Stanat whips into his sculptures are “freakin” astonishing. He loves strange characters, and is inspired by his love of creatures, characters, monsters, and spirits.  Dug has been sculpting his creatures since the early 90's- And for 12 years grew his talent at PDI/DreamWorks as a character technical director.  He rigged faces for How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, Rise of the Guardians, Shrek 2 and 3, Madagascar 1 and 2, and The Bee Movie.  For the last three years he has been sculpting full time, leaving DreamWorks on Halloween, 2012 to return to a life of sculpting in California.
Guest Clay Cousin: Tara Wilson, Montana City, Montana
Tara Wilson, guest potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay", at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Tara Wilson set up her studio in Montana City in 2008 after finishing residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center. She currently has a train and a catenary arch wood fire kiln.  Her wood fired pots are often richly complex in form, and can be usefully enjoyed in your daily life. Read more about Tara Wilson in her interview with Jennifer Allen on Jen Allen's Ceramics blog.

Thank you for All of Your Support of our Pottery

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