Thursday, January 18, 2018

Residency in Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France, iPhone photo by Samantha Henneke

     Our residency in Paris. We have been here for two weeks..... just about the longest amount of time we have ever been away from our home in Seagrove, NC. A Big Thank You goes out to Ed and Gloria for taking care of Luna and Koi and maintaining the pottery shop business at home.

     So far since we have been here we have seen a handful of museums.... still so much more to see and so much more we want to experience and do before our time is up here. The first 5-6 days we experienced Paris through the funky feeling of jet lag. It took us a few days to set ourselves up with the basic needs for living in our studio/flat ...  paper goods i.e. paper towels, toilet paper, and Kleenex for our Parisian colds, a cloth kitchen hand towel, a larger coffee pot for the drip filter system, coffee, shampoo and soap....etc.  We complete most of our grocery shopping at the Bastille Market (Sunday and Thursday mornings), which is a short mile jaunt up the street.

Paris is a walking city.

We read about this back home before arriving here to the Cite International Des Arts residency program, but experiencing it is another thing.  Walking 5 miles round trip to get somewhere doesn't seem all that long anymore. We may feel it at the end of the day when we get back to the flat and look at our health data app to find out how many steps we took, and the miles we walked. As we are walking the Paris streets there is so much to look at.... architecture, doors, people, the shop windows.  I am taking lots of pictures, it is hard to keep our phones in our pockets.

Some of the museums that we have visited are Sevres Porcelain Museum, Picasso Museum, The Musee Cluny, and the Pompidou. We went to a gallery show opening at the Parrotin Gallery and met the sculptor Johen Creten. We purchased books of his works that were available at the the gallery's next door bookstore and are excited to add them to our library. We were thrilled to be able to have him sign them too!

During the first few days we were a little nervous and didn't know what to expect when walking the streets of Paris. Living in a rural area, and working from home full-time is an isolated environment.  We were curious on how we would integrate ourselves, and navigate a foreign environment. We are not used to the city life, people, and traffic. After reading a few blogs about being leery of pick pockets, tricks that folks pull to steal from you, and stories from personal friends .... we have loosened up a bit and feel more comfortable. We try to remind ourselves not to let our guard down, but we are more comfortable now when walking around than we were the first few days. Feelings change, visuals change, and the new becomes recognizable, more familiar, and comfort sets in. We see many French families on the street with their children scooting about, young adults walking to school, folks drinking coffee, walking and eating a sweet they just purchased from the corner bakery.

One of the most intriguing feelings I have when traveling around is that this is going on everywhere.... All over the world people are walking across streets, they are getting on and off public transportation, flying in the sky, eating, drinking, and at home our dog Bella is sleeping on her favorite chair or playing with Ed and Gloria, and Koi is wondering if she wants inside or outside.  Life goes on... we are all the same.

Streets of Paris, France, iPhone photo by Samantha Henneke

Streets of Paris, France, iPhone photo by Samantha Henneke

We have been in awe over the sky-line of the buildings and walking down the city streets. The curves contrasted against the straight lines.  The scenery is so different than what we are used too. I really was looking forward to the visuals of the Paris architecture and living in a city for a short period of time. The dropping in for one baguette, or one piece of fish, a container of yogurt or two beers.  Where we live the purchasing of food is usually done using a large shopping cart and the knowledge that we won't be back to the store for a week.  Here the shops are right around the corner.

Streets of Paris, France, iPhone photo by Samantha Henneke

Streets of Paris, France, iPhone photo by Samantha Henneke

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Kiln Opening - December 16, 2017

Hello!  Happy Holiday!

Our Holiday Kiln Opening is coming up. We are looking forward to seeing you next weekend here at our pottery. We are working on glazing and firing some crystalline vases and tiles for next Saturday.

 There are more Seagrove Potters having kiln openings on December 16th too! The ones that we know about at this time are: Dean and Martin Pottery, Studio Touya, David Stuempfle Pottery, and Donna Craven Pottery. We will update the list as we find out more. (If you are a Seagrove Potter and reading this blog post and are having a kiln opening on the 16th and not on the list above please let us know and we will add you)

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Tyg

The Last Drop: Intoxicating Pottery, Past, and Present, opening on Dec. 9, 2017 at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC
We are invited to be part of an exhibition, The Last Drop: Intoxicating Pottery, Past, and Present, opening on December 9, 2017 at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC.  The show is a collaboration between the North Carolina Pottery Center located in Seagrove, NC and the Chipstone Foundation, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The North Carolina Pottery Center has a permanent display showing historical and contemporary pottery of NC, as well as, rotating exhibitions. The Chipstone Foundation is known for their world-renowned collection of 17th and 18th-century pottery and rotating exhibitions. 

We are currently working on this project in our studio, and excited about the potential of researching this piece and time period, not only specifically for this project, but also for where it may lead some ideas for our work in the future.  We looked around for Tyg images finding many on Pinterest and other sites. We have also purchased a few books and are currently fantasizing about different ways we could play off of the doubled multiple handles, and the other decorative aspects of these Tygs and other pieces from this period.

   Thirteen potters and two pottery couple have been selected to choose a ceramic piece from the Chipstone collection and respond to the piece by making a piece that will be juxtaposed along with the selected historical ceramic object.

  The Chipstone Foundation (publisher) and Robert Hunter (editor) work together to produce the series of books called Ceramics in America. Ceramics in America is a series of richly illustrated books filled with articles about historical ceramics from the American context. It is intended for anyone interested in pottery:  a collector, historical archaeologist, curator, decorative arts student, social historian, contemporary potter, or pottery lover.

The ceramic object we selected is called a Tyg.  Our Tyg was made in 1649 and is thought to be made by Thomas Ifield. The multi-handled Tyg, functioned in the British Alehouse as a communal drinking vessel passed from person to person.

The Last Drop: Intoxicating Pottery, Past, and Present, opening on Dec. 9, 2017 at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

The Last Drop: Intoxicating Pottery, Past, and Present, opening on Dec. 9, 2017 at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pottery on the Hill in Washington DC

Pottery on the Hill, October 27-29, 2017 at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

 We will be in Washington DC next weekend on October 27-29, 2017 at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital with 14 fabulous potters.

The potters are: MatthewMetz, Ryan Greenheck, Michael Kline, Robert Briscoe, Mark Shapiro, Sam Taylor Warren Frederick, Catherine White, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Stacey Snyder, Trista Depp Chapman, Donna Polseno, Matthe Hyleck, and Dan Finnegan.

Pottery on the Hill is a weekend celebrating functional pottery (that which can be regularly used, such as dinnerware, drink-ware, vases, platters, and more) featuring seventeen of the top ceramic artists from across the country. Avid ceramics fans will love the chance to talk with the potters in an casual, fun environment and continuing to grow their collections. For those who might just love the pottery, this is a great opportunity to get a jump start on shopping for the holidays, giving the special people in your life a gift as unique and on-of-a-kind as they are.

The Friday Preview Reception is a ticketed event. Preview Reception tickets are now available!

The Saturday and Sunday Show and Sale is a free event and open to the public.

Stay on top of the latest Pottery on the Hill news over on their Facebook page.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Cousins are Coming this weekend - June 3-4

Art Cup made by Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Cousins in Clay is this weekend on June 3-4, 2017.... we are looking forward to this years show and sale contemporary pottery event weekend full of all things clay! It will be lots of fun.  

All potters will be present to talk with you about their work and their creative process. This is a special and intimate time to hang out with some awesome potters.

Saturday, June 3 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Lindsay will give a demonstration on Saturday at 3:00pm. Chronis Vasilou will be returning on Saturday with his enchanting music. Chronis plays the bouzouki and his music goes so well with pottery.  We will have light refreshments available during the day.

We have a few ways online for you to access our information on the internet. If you have a favorite way of getting information you can follow us on:  Cousins in Clay instagram, Cousins in Clay facebook, and the Cousins in Clay website.

Sunday, June 4  from 10:00am-4:00pm
On Sunday we host the annual potters potluck beginning at noon, all are welcome to bring a dish to share. Kenyon will give a demonstration beginning at 1:30pm.  We are thrilled that Will McCanless will be joining us again this year to play his banjo and fiddle, always a treat. We also have this year a special addtion....Samuel Brown of GroundLion Brewing Co will be serving tastings of his crafted brew, American IPA.

If you have any questions please give us a call. Samantha's cell is 336-302-4452, Bruce's cell is 336-302-3469 and our home phone number is 910-428-9728.  Our pottery is located at 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt, Seagrove, NC. We are 5 miles south of the traffic light in downtown Seagrove. Look for the blue water tower and follow the gravel driveway to our studio. 

See you Soon! Cheers.

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

Michael Kline Pottery, Bakersville, NC

Lindsay Oesterritter, Manassas, Virginia

Kenyon Hansen, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Lindsay will give a demonstration beginning at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon, June 3.

Kenyon will give a demonstration beginning at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon, June 4.
On Sunday- Samuel Brown of GroundLion Brewing Co will be serving tastings of his crafted brew, American IPA.

 On Sunday, Will McCanless will be joining us this year to play his banjo and fiddle.

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

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.
Studio Cat Koi