Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cousins in Clay in the Mountains of NC

We are looking forward to the 5th annual "Cousins in Clay" Mountains! Every year, we, along with Michael Kline, host two "Cousins in Clay" events. One at the beginning of the summer (weekend after Memorial Day) at our Bulldog Pottery studios in Seagrove, NC and one at the end of the summer at Michael Kline's Pottery in Bakersville, NC. This year the Mountain Clay Cousins will be on Labor Day Weekend, September 5-6, 2015.  

Two artists we admire, Justin and Brooke Rothshank, will be our guest cousins at the Labor Day weekend show and sale.  Justin makes pottery with layered surfaces of decals and glazes that integrate well together on his functional pottery forms, and Brooke paints miniature images that are amazing in detail.

We set up our pottery under white tents on the hill top of Michael's and Stacey''s property under beautiful oak trees very near his workshop and sales gallery.  This year his wife Stacey Lane, a jeweler, will have her work for sale in Michael's gallery along with Brooke Rothshank's paintings. Michael is a short drive (around 10 minutes) from the famous Penland Craft school.  It is always a treat to take our work to the NC Mountains!

We are also busily getting ready for the 11th Annual Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum Randolph, September 12th, in Charlotte, NC!  This is a wonderful event that we are proud to be invited to participate in along with 40 other potters.  Stay tuned for the next blog post to read more specifics about the Mint Museum's PMI.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Early Morning Rise

Photographers praise early morning light and evening light…. sunrise and sunset.

This past Saturday morning I woke up early before the sunrise to weed a patch in the garden. We want to plant a few late summer crops. It has been a hot summer and I thought this would help me to beat the heat.  This also happened to be my first opportunity to photograph the garden during a sunrise.  There are few insects out in the garden in the early morning, some bumblebees. I did see for the first time a dusty iridescent blue insect fly by way too fast to photograph.

It was an amazing experience for me, and I finally had my turn to get a glimpse of what photographers love about this time of day. The ethereal beauty and glowing colors inspire me to wake up early again before the sun wakes up our part of the world.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Introducing the Cousins!

Bill Brouillard with majoilica platters

Introducing this year's "Cousins in Clay" Artists
May 30-31, 2015
Bill Brouillard, Adam Field, Doug Peltzman, Henry Crissman

With hosts Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke with Michael Kline.
at Bulldog Pottery
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt
Seagrove, NC 27341

Instagram is a great place to follow the potters. Click on their names to see their Instagram photos.

We have been posting regularly on our Cousins in Clay Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook!

Pottery Demos!
On Saturday, May 30 beginning at 3:00pm Adam and Doug will demonstrate together and on Sunday, May 31, Bill Brouillard will demonstrate at 1:30pm.

                                                                           Bill Brouillard
Bill Brouillard teaches at the Cleveland Art Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.  He won the Cleveland Art Prize- 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts 2009 and has exhibited in many national art shows.  Read an overview about Bill and watch a 3 minute video about William Brouillard. Sit back... and meet Bill before coming to "Cousins in Clay". Bill will bring a selection of his majolica, porcelain, and wood-fired pottery works to this year's "Cousins in Clay".

Bill Brouillard, honored clay cousin for "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

Adam Field is presently a long term resident at Archie Bray in Helena, Montana.  He is a full-time studio potter making intricately carved porcelain pottery, and Onggi storage jars for fermenting.  During the past month we have watched Adam make some of the pottery that he will be bringing to Cousins in Clay on instagram.  He has recently focused on creating a body of work from porcelain slipped stoneware. We are looking forward to seeing his finished pieces.  Potter Jennifer Allen has an insightful interview of Adam on Jen Allen Ceramics Blog. You can also watch Adam Field You-Tube channel where you can see his Onggi pottery and porcelain carving techniques.

Adam Field, honored clay cousin for "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

Doug Peltzman is a full-time  potter from Dover Plains, New York. He works with drawn pattern designs on white and black porcelain. We were introduced to Doug's work at the Arrowmont Utilitarian Clay that took place a few years ago.  There is a wonderful interview of Doug on Jen Allen Ceramics Blog, read about Doug, and check out his instagram images to find out about his studio work and inspirations.

Doug Peltzman, honored clay cousin for "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

Henry Crissman recently graduated with his MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. We met Henry last summer while we attended Alfred's Summer School for 2 weeks.  We talked with him about bringing his traveling Mobile Anagama Wood-Fired Kiln to "Cousins in Clay" and he said yes, We are super excited to have Henry here for the weekend.  The pieces below were glazed with one of his puddle glazes. Alfred's landscape is famous for its shale clay and Henry thought "Hey I can glaze my pieces with the puddles around the university." And so it began... Henry tested many puddles on campus and came up with some unique puddle glazed surfaces [Bruce's favorite is Puddle #5 with the grit left in].  Visit Henry's website to see Henry's recent projects, also here is a you-tube video of his Mobile Anagama Company MFA thesis show.

Henry Crissman, honored clay cousin for "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

Micheal Kline of course will be coming too! We are looking forward to seeing our Mountain Cousin again.  We were lucky to join Michael and Kyle Carpenter this past March for lunch at the White Duck Taco in Asheville. We Spent a wonderful afternoon together talking about life and clay. Michael has been working on new inlay decoration. We are super excited to see the pieces in person! Michael's blog Sawdust and Dirt is always a favorite of ours to read.
Michael Kline, "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

Samantha Henneke has been working on pieces glazed similar to the mug below. We call it our Moka glaze pottery because of the hues similar to coffee, chocolate, cream, and the brindled color pattern of our past dog Moka. Samantha has been enjoying this spring/summer weather and is excited to be taking her camera out to capture the life in the undergrowth.

Samantha Henneke, "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

Bruce Gholson is planning to have a series of his shino fish mugs and cups for this year's "Cousins in Clay". We will also have a wonderful grouping of vases with our crystalline matte glazed surfaces. 
Bruce Gholson, "Cousins in Clay", Seagrove, NC, Bulldog Pottery

You can always visit Bulldog Pottery: Gholson/Henneke year round! Our pottery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-5:00 and we are here most Sundays and Mondays.  It is a good idea to call if you are making a special trip to see us. We diligently open up our pottery shop everyday, but there is always a chance that we may have to be away due to something coming up.

                                                              See you at "Cousins in Clay"!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

AKAR Yunomi Invitational - opens May 15, 2015

Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina
The AKAR Yunomi Invitational show opens this Friday, May 15th at 10:00am Central. 

It is that time of year again. We participate annually in AKAR Design's Yunomi invitational show and sale of over 1,030 Yunomi, 5 Yunomi's each from 206 artists.  This show is a potters and collector's delight of all kinds of imaginative functional cups to drink from, and to have on display in your home.

Cups are the potter's form that puts Art into your hands, You can touch it, feel it, look at it, and drink from it.

For the seventh consecutive year, artists have elected to donate portions of their sales to The Studio Potter Magazine, a non-profit organization dedicated to all things clay. Of the 206 participating artists, 139 individuals are donating cups for a total of 245 yunomi sales benefiting this worthy periodical!

If you are new to this event, you should be aware that the sales are online only, and one should register ahead of time at AKAR because 60% of the exhibition sells out within the first hour.

Yunomi (U-know-me)- A form of teacup, typically made of ceramic material, being taller than wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. Unlike the more formal chawan tea bowl which is used during the Japanese tea ceremony, the Yunomi tea bowl is made for daily (or informal) tea drinking.
Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Bruce Gholson, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Cousins in Clay" on May 30-31, 2015

May 30-31, 2015

 Hosted by

Bruce Gholson
Samantha Hennke
Michael Kline

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

William Brouillard
Doug Peltzman
Adam Field
Henry Crissman


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Daffie Days and the Celebration of Spring Seagrove Potters Kiln Openings On Same Weekend

Bulldog Pottery:Gholson and Henneke - Spring Kiln Opening, Seagrove, North Carolina 

Lots of Celebrating going on! 

We are preparing for our Spring Kiln Opening "Daffie Days"- Celebrating the Vase and the Ubiquitous Daffodil. This year we moved the date a little further into the month of April. This year we will have our annual spring kiln opening on the same weekend as the "Celebration of Spring, Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings". This year around 40 Seagrove Potteries will be participating.

We had a fabulous North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC.  The Randolph Arts Guild did a bang up job of putting it on, hosting potters from Japan and 175 conference attendees! We learned many techniques during the four days of conference, and it included a Japanese Tea Ceremony by Peter Hamann.  We would love to share some images with you from the Conference in a future post. 

We are also busy planning for this year's 7th annual "Cousins in Clay" on May 30-31, 2015.  Make plans and save the date! We will be hosting wonderful potters this year, Bill Brouillard from Cleveland, Ohio, Adam Field from Helena, Montana, Doug Peltzman from New Paltz, New York, Henry Crissman from Alfred, New York, and Micheal Kline from Bakersville, North Carolina.  You can follow along on our "Cousins in Clay" Facebook page.

Bulldog Pottery:Gholson and Henneke - Spring Kiln Opening, Seagrove, North Carolina

Celebration of Spring with the Seagrove Potters Annual Spring Kiln Openings
"Celebration of Spring, Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings", Seagrove, North Carolina
On April 18-19, 2015 - the Seagrove Area Potters Association hosts the Celebration of Spring Seagrove Potters Kiln Openings. SAPA is made up of hard working volunteers to help bring together the Seagrove Pottery community.  A big thank you goes out to all of them that put this weekend together for all of us to join in.  Different events will be going on at the individual Seagrove Potteries for the pottery lover.  The spring event is different from the fall event in that it takes place at the individual potteries. This is a great opportunity for the visitors to see where we live and make our work. We are open to the public throughout the year, with a few potters only open for their individual kiln openings. You can find out more information at our Discover Seagrove Pottery website.

A  quote from Katie Pegram in the April 2014 "Our State" wrote "Talking about North Carolina pottery without mentioning Seagrove is like talking about Carolina cuisine without mentioning barbecue-it just isn't done"

Celebration of Spring Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings, Seagrove, North Carolina

This year we will have a special contest. It is easy, take the card pictured above to any of the potteries listed and collect 6 stamps from 6 of the participating shops listed on the card. 
Return your card by May 15, 2015 
and be entered in a drawing for the $150 Gift Certificate that can be used in the shop 
you choose from our participating Celebration of Spring members. 

The certificate can only be used in one shop, entry must be 
mailed to us at SAPA-SKO, PO Box 309, Seagrove, NC 2734 by May 15, 2015 
and has no cash back value. The drawing for the certificate will be on the 
weekend of May 23, 2015, and the certificate will be valid until October 31, 2015.

"Celebration of Spring, Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings", Seagrove, North Carolina

"Celebration of Spring, Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings", Seagrove, North Carolina

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shigaraki, Walter and Dorothy Auman, Warm Sound

Tuesday - Clay Share
Muromachi period (1392–1573), 14th–15th century; Shigaraki ware, Japan,  Jar image is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
In Japan, Shigaraki ware(信楽焼) is pottery and stoneware made in Shigaraki area, Japan. The kiln is one of ‘The Six Old Kilns’ in Japan. (The regional blocks in Japan consisted of Seto, Echizen, Tokoname, Bizen, Tamba, and Shigaraki.) Three of the earliest kiln sites may date back to 1278. (Thank you to Wikipedia!)
An additional *Bonus Day has been added to this year's North Carolina Potters Conference​ at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise​, March 5, 2015. On Thursday morning Shizuko Kohara will be presenting a slide talk about Shigaraki. Registration is still open with spaces filling up. Image of jar is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thursday - Potters Pick.
Walter and Dorothy Auman
Walter and Dorothy Auman -I think the photo is by Rob Amberg
Walter and Dorothy Auman, Seagrove Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina. Great advocates for North Carolina Pottery. They were the 1989 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient given by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Video: Mr. Friday trying his hand at pottery from UNC TV 1989 .... quote from "Dorothy and Walter Auman operated the Seagrove Pottery from 1953 to 1991. They were tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 1991. Dorothy was an eighth generation potter. This interview was originally broadcast on May 8, 1989 on location at their pottery shop in Seagrove and features Mr. Friday trying his hand at pottery."

On the last day of the North Carolina Potters Conference (hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild), there are three morning presentations.  These lectures are dedicated to the memory of Walter and Dorothy Auman, who were instrumental to the starting of the North Carolina Potters Conference​, working along with Dwight Holland and Mark Hewitt. This is a time when the conference attendees can sit back at the Sunset Theater and listen to the speakers' various passions about ceramics, creativity, and culture.  This year's talks are: "Contemporary Japanese Ceramics" by Fuku Fukumoto, "History of Japanese Ceramics - How Japan Supports So Many Potters" by Yoshitaka Hasu, and "Influences, Japanese and American Ceramics" There are spaces still left for this stellar NC Potters Conference!  The North Carolina Potters Conference takes place the weekend of March 6-8, 2015 with a bonus day on Thursday, March 5 at STARworks, Star, NC.

Sunday - Playing off the Instrument
Zero 7 - Warm Sound

You can see this video and more images moving to music at XDarkLeoXGC Youtube Channel.

We post our: Clay Share - Tuesday,
Potters Pick - Thursday,
Playing off the Instrument - Sunday