6th Annual "Cousins in Clay"

6th Annual "Cousins in Clay"
"Cousins in Clay" at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC with Daniel Anderson, Blair Clemo, Michael Kline, Bruce Gholson, and Samantha Henneke

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Annual Spring Kiln Opening

Visit the Seagrove Potteries, Seagrove, North Carolina
  There are 37 Seagrove Potteries collaborating together on April 26 and 27, 2014 for the annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings. Bruce and I will have a large selection of our crystalline vases here at our Bulldog Pottery shop.

We want to thank all the volunteers that are working hard at organizing the Seagrove Potters' spring kiln opening event.  And thank you to our sponsors, Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau and Life 103.1. We do appreciate your support! There will be a map that you can pick up at any of the participating potteries.

 The Seagrove Potteries that are participating are

Avery Pottery & Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Caldwell-Hohl Artworks, Coop of Seagrove Potters, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dirtworks, Donna Craven Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottey, Freeman Pottery, From the Ground Up, Great White Oak Gallery, Hickory Hill Pottery, JLK Jewelry @ Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Kings Pottery with Crystal King, Latham's Pottery, Luck's Ware, McNeill's Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, O'Quinn Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery, Pott's Pottery, Ray Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Smith Pottery, Snowhill Pottery & Tileworks, Studio Touya, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery.

Follow, Like, and Share our Celebration of Seagrove Potters Facebook page, there are many posts of all the different potters that are participating in this years spring kiln opening event.  We also have a Seagrove Potters Facebook page that is filled with images of Seagrove Potters.

Visit the Seagrove Potteries, Seagrove, North Carolina

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daffie Days - Celebrate the Vase and the Ubiquitous Daffodil

Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Join us today and tomorrow at Bulldog Pottery for

"Daffie Days"
April 4-5, 2014
Friday and Saturday
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt.
Seagrove, NC 27341

Our Bulldog Pottery shop is full of new vases. Looking forward to seeing you!

We have been enjoying looking at the range of glaze colors and crystals. We have new glazes that we are working on - Cosmos, Galaxy, The Other One, Rad Gold, and Gold Gold (we need names so we know which glaze we are talking about). Bruce has a lot of work ahead of him. (about 3/4 of these vases need to be polished) We are pretty excited right now and are ready to make more pots! Smile.

Stay tuned for some individual vase images.

Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vases on the Table

Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Daffie Days is this weekend on April 4-5, 2014.  Our Bulldog Pottery shop is located at 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt. Seagrove, NC 27341.  We are located 5 miles south from the town of Seagrove's traffic light. Look for the large blue water tower and our driveway is right beside it.  Take the gravel driveway to our pottery shop. See you soon!

The exploration of the vase form is fascinating to us, with so many possible nuances. Vases as well as the bottle forms provide us with such a diversity of great silhouettes for our glazes.  We enjoy the process of the search, and experimentation involved in looking and testing for new colors and glaze effects. Testing original glaze formulas takes a lot of time, and we have to figure out how to squeeze in a couple of more days to get the test glazing accomplished. Usually when the tests come out there is hopefully at least one that can work, and the others will have to go back to the drawing board. Below is an assortment of some of the glaze tests that we pulled out from the last two kiln firings.

Glaze tests, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Samantha and a table full of vases, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC 
The glazes that we apply to our vases are very fluid and it takes time prepping the rings so they fit just right onto the bottom of the vases. Below Bruce is carving the rings thinner so when cutting the ring off the vase after the glaze firing there is less chance for a mishap.

Bruce finishing clay rings for the vases, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC 
Koi insists on sleeping on Bruce's table while he works. Sometimes this is just fine and we let her but other times she messes with the wet pots and is banned from table sleeping.
Luna Bella has settled right in. She loves to be with us in the studio. She is very active and has been a wonderful puppy.  Luna Bella and Koi have a great relationship and we think they will be long time friends. Sometimes Koi will even push objects off of the table just for Luna Bella to chew.

Luna Bella, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
We currently have this lovely pink centered daffodil blooming, and the color is enchanting.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vases, Daffodils, Ice, and Podcasts

Bulldog Pottery vases for "Daffie Days" April 4-5, 2014, Seagrove, NC

This morning we woke up to a veil of ice on our world.  Wonderful opportunity to go outside to take pictures.

We are glazing in the studio for our upcoming vase kiln opening "Daffie Days", April 4-5, 2014, from 10:00 - 5:00. We have over 100 vases ready for glazing.  We are in the process of preparing them for our glaze-a-thon.  The table full of vases shown are thrown by both of us.

Save the Date for the annual Celebration of Spring Seagrove Pottery Kiln Openings. Around 35 potteries will be participating this year on April 26-27, 2014.  You can pick up a map of participating potteries in our studio.

Check out this weeks podcast from Ben Carter "Tales of a Red Clay Rambler". This week Ben released the podcast that was recorded last week at the North Carolina Potters Conference.  The episode features Ben Carter and Brian Jones presenting on "Pottery, Podcasting and Posterity" to a wonderful audience at the Sunset Theater in Asheboro, NC. In the interview they talk about creative competition, social media as ceramic advocacy, and developing a podcasting style.  While you are at it check out the rest of his podcasts. Ben interviews a variety of nationally and internationally known potters. Also check out the podcasts by Brian Jones, which are called the "Jonescast",  he also has a wonderful variety of interviews with potters.

Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Bulldog Pottery vases for "Daffie Days" April 4-5, 2014, Seagrove, NC

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Ubiquitous Daffodil

Daffodil at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
The beginning of spring. 
Our icon of flowers. 
The ubiquitous daffodil. 

We  look forward to this time of year.  When the daffodils begin to bloom and we know that warm weather will be here soon.  In the Bulldog Pottery studio we are throwing vases of various shapes with a focus on our crystalline flowing glazes.  

"Daffie Days"
April 4-5, 2014
Friday and Saturday 10:00am -5:00pm
at Bulldog Pottery 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt. Seagrove, NC 27341
5 miles south of the town of Seagrove look for the blue water tower

Vase by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Friday, February 7, 2014

News Alert - Watertower cleaning for "Cousins in Clay"

Water tower landmark for Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
It was a chilly weekend, and neither winter ice, or snow would stop the Montgomery County water tower from being cleaned and spruced up for "Cousins in Clay" this year, at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove on May 31 - June 1, 2014.

During the past couple of weeks, intermittently through the snowy and rainy weather, our water tower has been prepped, cleaned, and now is being painted.  This has become the landmark for our pottery ever since its construction in 2002.  Sometimes it's such an enormous landmark, that folks can miss it when turning onto our gravel driveway right beside it's massive metal legs.

One of our honored guests, "Clay Cousin" Daniel Anderson from Illinois, has been long inspired by water towers. Water towers are wonderful structures, and are awesome inspirational architectural forms.  Daniel Anderson has done this form so very well, it has become an icon that is identified with him when done in clay.  He will be here at Bulldog Pottery early this summer, along with Blair Clemo and Michael Kline.  We are looking forward to "Cousins in Clay"!

Water tower landmark for Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Water tower landmark for Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Dan Anderson, Water tower Covered Jar, Illinois

Sunday, February 2, 2014

North Carolina Potters Conference, Asheboro, NC

North Carolina Potters Conference, Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, North Carolina
The North Carolina Potters Conference is on March 7-9, 2014. This year's line-up will definitely be a treat!  Up on stage demonstrating their work will be John Gill, Mark Shapiro, and Michelle Erickson. Our presentation talks this year will be Robert Hunter, Bill Carty, Brian Jones and Ben Carter.

You can register online at the Randolph Arts Guild website.  The cost is $225.00 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. (Includes Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Saturday and Lunch on Sunday.  Participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations.)  The Randolph Arts Guild is located in downtown Asheboro (center of the state) and around 15 miles north of Seagrove, where Bruce and I have our pottery studio.

The information below has been extracted from the Randolph Arts Guild website.

John Gill, Alfred, New York
John Gill, Alfred, New York
“In my work I try to utilize simple techniques. This allows for freedom of ideas and process. Shape, form, use and color inform and question other possibilities. My work uses shape and form to inflate color. Working within the realm of function expands the potential. History of ceramics, painting and sculpture collide. Clay has a simple directness – it prints beautifully.”

John Gill is professor of ceramic art in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University and has been a member of the faculty since 1984. Gill received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, in 1973, and his MFA in 1975 from Alfred University’s acclaimed masters program in ceramic art.

John Gill is internationally recognized as an artist and teacher. Gill is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, and is frequently invited to deliver lectures and workshops.  In 2009 Gill received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a member of the Council of the International Academy of Ceramics. He travels and lectures throughout the US, Canada and China and is currently working closely with international artists in an effort to revitalize Chinese ceramic art.

Mark Shapiro, Worthington, Massachusetts
Mark Shapiro, Worthington, Massachusetts
“Where will my pots end up? In the landfills with the busted bikes and lawnmowers and all the other cheaply made or quickly obsolete techno-junk—in the giant middens of our endless desires? No matter. I am glad to leave a record of my own touch in this most receptive, fragile, and enduring material. Clay’s low material intrinsic value and fragility, paradoxically, make it endure as one of the most compelling records of the human touch on the earth. The bottom of the ovoid jug is marked by the potter’s two-hundred-year-old fingerprints, just as the earth’s strata are uniquely marked in clay fragments by all the peoples who struggled here to endure.”

Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He has been exhibiting his work across the country for over thirty years.

His educational path ventured through New Lincoln and Woodstock Country schools, Amherst College, and later at Penland and Haystack.

He is a frequent lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. He has led workshops around the world including Centro Curaumilla, Chile, and Anderson Ranch, Jamaica, West Indies.

His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he recently edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine.

Michelle Erickson, Yorktown, Virginia
Michelle Erickson, Yorktown, Virginia
“It is the unique inheritance of the ceramic medium that records our most ancient past, and is simultaneously indispensable to advancements of space travel, weapons manufacture, ballistic armor and even what is yet to be conceived.  This legacy drives my expanding exploration of art in clay. Clay used in all cultures in every conceivable manner, fulfilling our basic needs and demonstrating our highest aspirations, is a truly democratic material.

Michelle Erickson has a B.F.A. from The College of William and Mary.  Her considerable contemporary ceramic works are featured in numerous publications and in the collections of major museums in the US and UK including collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, The New York Historical Society, and Yale University Museum to name a few.

Her mastery of 17th and 18th century ceramic techniques are published in several editions of the journal Ceramics In America. She has lectured and demonstrated her work widely for scholarly groups and institutions in both the US and UK. In 2007 she was commissioned to create the official gift presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll to commemorate her historic visit to Jamestown.

As artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012 Erickson produced 3 films presented at Ceramic Arts London 2013 and International Ceramics festival UK.

There she also developed a concept she calls the Potter’s Field; exploring ceramic life cycles of form, function, fashion and design as the perishable body that leaves behind the bones of world ceramics – that is – the history of us.

Robert Hunter, Yorktown, Virginia
Robert Hunter, Yorktown, Virginia
Robert Hunter has over thirty years of professional experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology. He has a MA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and additional coursework at the doctoral level in American Studies. He was the founding director of the Center for Archaeological Research at The College of William and Mary. Hunter served as assistant curator of Ceramics and Glass in the Department of Collections at Colonial Williamsburg. He is a partner in the business PERIOD DESIGNS, an innovative firm specializing in the reproduction of 17th- and 18th-century decorative arts.

Since 2001, Robert has been editor of the annual journal, Ceramics in America, published by the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hunter lectures widely and participates in the New York Ceramics Fair in January each year. He has written for a variety of publications including The Catalogue of Antiques & Fine Art, New England Antiques Journal, Early American Life, Ceramic Review, Studio Potter, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Pottery Making Illustrated, Kerameiki Techni, and the Journal of Archaeological Science.

He received the 2007 Award of Merit from the Society for Historical Archaeology and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Bill Carty, Alfred, New York
Bill Carty, Alfred, New York
William M. Carty is Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred University. He is highly-recognized for his cutting edge research on chemical interactions happening inside ceramics and his work on improving the efficiency of ceramics production. Bill’s research focuses on traditional and advanced ceramic processing of colloidal and nanoscale powders, the connection of processing to phase evolution, and microstructure, grain boundary tailoring, and physical properties of sintered ceramics.  His work in ceramic processing has resulted in significant improvements in the understanding of ceramic forming operations and defect elimination, microstructure control, and dramatic efficiencies in commercial glass melting.  In recent years his focus has extended to research to address non-aqueous ceramic processing and developed rules that describe metastable grain boundary chemistry.

Needless to say Bill Carty approaches the world of ceramics from a whole different perspective than most studio potters. Bill has both B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, 1992.  The results of his research have been published in several journals and he holds numerous patents for his discoveries.

Ben Carter, Santa Cruz, California
Ben Carter, Santa Cruz, California
“Living in a country with a storied ceramic tradition opened my eyes to age-old techniques and cultural practices. The combination of my frequent trips to China’s many ceramic museums, my dedicated group of students in Shanghai, and my interactions with Chinese coworkers taught me new ways of thinking and making on a daily basis.”

Benjamin Carter’s passion for clay has been constant since he first sat at a potter’s wheel in his high school ceramics class. After the first week he naively/proudly declared that he would become an artist. This decision led him to Appalachian State University for a BFA in painting/ceramics and then on to a MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida.

Ben now actively lectures and exhibits his work across the country.  He has completed residencies at The Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, and the Danish Ceramic Research Center at Guldagergaard.

In 2010 Carter moved to Shanghai, China to be the educational director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai.

Ben recently moved to Santa Cruz, CA to set up a studio. In addition to making and exhibiting pots, Ben is known for the “Tales of a Red Clay Rambler” podcast which features interviews with “culture makers from around the world.”

Brian Jones, Portland, Oregon
Brian Jones, Portland, Oregon
“My current work lies in my interest in the investigation of the transformative character of memories. A remembrance of a time, place, or day serves as the point of departure for contemplation of form, color, and tone. The nature of how the finished work reveals itself over time to an audience is the long echo of that initial reverie. My work is both a reservoir and an initiator of memories.”

Brian R. Jones grew up in Syracuse, NY, and is now an artist living and working in Portland, OR. He holds degrees from The New York State College of Ceramics (BFA) and Southern Methodist University (MFA). Brian actively exhibits his work across the nation, including a recent solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR.  He has taught in various capacities and has completed artist residencies at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.  He presented at Utilitarian Clay VI: Celebrate the Object at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in September 2012, and in 2013, Jones was selected as an Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts.

In addition to his merits as a potter, Brian has created a notable following for his podcast the Brian R. Jonescast.  These monthly episodes focus on conversations between artists and, while having a bent towards the ceramics world, possess an appeal universal to any one in a creative field.