Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Veil

Bud Vase, made by Samantha Henneke, 7.5" x 3", Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina


Bud Vase - blue speckle on translucent matte crystalline glaze
$120.00  7.5" x 3"  

We have many "favorite" glaze combinations and this is one of Samantha's favs.

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. For more information please visit the Seagrove Potters website.

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

  
Bud Vase- yellow speckle crystalline with emerald rim
160.00   10" x 3.25"
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
Vase with matte blue crystalline glaze and emerald rim
$175.00   8.75" x 4" 

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


Bud Vase with double swell olive speckle matte crystalline: Vase-3
$90.00   7.25" x 2.75"

    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

Bud Vase with double swell, eggplant hue with emerald rim: Vase-2
$110.00,   7.5"x 3.25"


 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!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Calm


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
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