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




Sunday, December 4, 2016

Seagrove Pottery Holiday Kilns Openings in Seagrove, North Carolina

Bud Vase with double swell, olive speckle matte crystaline, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

    We are preparing for our Holiday Kiln Opening, "One more Hurrah", this year on two weekends, December 10th and December 17th.  We want to share with you the names of our fellow Seagrove Potters that will also be hosting Holiday Open Houses in Seagrove this December 10 and 17.

The following Seagrove Potteries will be holding their kiln openings this weekend, December 10: From the Ground Up, Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown Pottery, Latham's Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Morgan Hatfield/Carolina Crockery, Lufkin Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, Studio Touya, Crystal King Pottery, Caldwell-Hohl Pottery, Ben Owen Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, and Eck McCanless Pottery, and Bulldog Pottery/Gholson and Henneke.

The following Seagrove Potteries will be holding their kiln openings on December 17 
Morgan Hatfield/Carolina Crockery, Caldwell-Hohl Pottery, Dover Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, Donna's Pottery Haven, and Bulldog Pottery/Gholson and Henneke.  

For more information about the Open Houses/Pottery Kiln Openings visit the Seagrove Potters website.


Bruce Gholson in the Bulldog Pottery Studio, 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!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Crystalline Bud Vase, Seagrove, North Carolina


Bud Vase with double swell, eggplant hue with emerald rim, Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina


 The vase pictured is glazed with a textural crystalline glaze with a purplish hue, made by Samantha.

The other evening we were looking around on You Tube to watch a few minutes of something before we went to bed. I always love to watch a Laurie Anderson video so I started with Sharkey's Day. I ran into a Laurie Anderson interview from this past summer, 2016. A quote that I took away from her "Advice to young artists"...... ( I think this advice is good for all artists, young and old and everywhere in between)

  "Curiosity about being in the world, lets make some music... Whatever makes you free, whatever makes you feel free, that is what you do. It is really simple." .... Laurie Anderson



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!