Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Southern Heritage Pottery and Folk Art Show

 Fossil Fish Charger 3" x 18" x 18" 

This weekend we will be in Colfax, NC for the 5th Annual Southern Heritage Pottery and Folk Art Show.  Owner Lynn Melton of Southern Select Pottery, is the organizer of this Southern Pottery Show.  Around 44 potters will be present at the Girl Scouts Learning Center, Colfax, NC.  This show has a special preview ($25.00 includes chicken stew dinner) on Friday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m. and runs until  8:00 p.m., with a silent auction benefiting the Girl Scouts. For some crazy reason on Saturday this show will open at 8:00 am (will Bruce and I be functioning?) and runs untils 3:00 p.m.  (admission $5.00).  You can find the list of potters that will be there are on the Southern Select website (click on potters from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia).   

We have selected a few special pieces that we will be taking to the show this weekend.

A Detail of Bruce's platter

The back side of Bruce's platter--spots by Samantha

Fossil Fish Jug with Dots 18" x 10" x 10"
(spots by Samantha)

Jar by Bruce and Spots by Samantha  14" x 12" x 12" 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bulldog Pottery supports the North Carolina Pottery Center

We had a very happy Saturday.  A pottery lover and collector, Nancy Sidebottom, purchased Bruce's Fossil Fish jug.  All of the money will be donated to the North Carolina Pottery Center. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the growing and steadfast support for the Pottery Center.  The NCPC has reached its $100,000 goal and is trucking along past $120,000.   There is a wonderful exhibition currently on display called Table Wares of Early Twentieth Century Potters.   

Monday, October 27, 2008

Celebration of Seagrove Pottters

 The above vase will be Bulldog pottery's offering to be auctioned off at the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Saturday afternoon auction.  The auction will take place from 4:00-6:00.  

Tonight was the meeting to draw booth assignments for the Celebration!  A new modus operandi here in the Grove.  The potters of the Celebration felt that this was a great way to put everyone on equal footing, by drawing from the hat, or in this case several pottery bowls. Potters were happy about this egalitarian approach.   This is a very busy time of year for all of us.  It is great to see most of the potters out this evening to work together.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Three potteries from the Seagrove Community

Avery Pottery and Tileworks

I dropped into the studio of three Seagrove potteries yesterday.  All three potteries unloaded a special kiln load of work and invited their friends to come for a visit and join them in conversation, coffee, and sweets.  

The first pottery I visited was Avery Pottery and Tileworks.  Laura had a wonderful selection of her colorful tiles available and Blaine had some beautiful large decorated serving bowls hanging on the wall.    These would be great at a large party, and when they are not being used what better place to show the piece off!

Laura Avery's tiles
Blaine Avery's large bowls hanging on the wall.

The next stop was a visit to Chris Luther Pottery.  Chris and Lisa were busy talking with a visitor when I arrived and had just finished writing down some information about the bowl she was interested in.
Here is a view of Chris's shop with his most recent pots, some of them still warm, fresh from his from his kiln.  He has an assortment of statuesque bottles and vases, as well as, bowls and tumblers in his rich reduction glazes.

The last pottery I visited was Ben Owen III Pottery.  He focused his attentions on his Chinese Blue glaze for this event.  The striking turquoise blue color reminds me of the Mediterranean Sea.

Here are some of examples of Ben Owen III's Chinese Blue vases and bowls.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Celebration of Seagrove Pottters: Gala Collaborative

Bruce was busy yesterday and into the evening glazing a beautiful graceful large bottle turned by Chris Luther. This is a collaborative piece that will be auctioned the evening of the Celebration of Seagrove Potter's Gala, Friday, November 21.   Seagrove Potters have come together to colloborate on special pieces for the Celebration.  Details about this event and information about how to purchase tickets to the Gala can be found online at the Celebration website.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Doors Are Open!

The Carolina Unleashed by Tom Starland.

Thank you for being so supportative of the Pottery Center and the Seagrove Potters.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What Bulldog is working on this week

I have been working on throwing vases out of porcelain this past weekend, and now they are ready to put the finishing touches on them.  These vases will be fired with a variety of our  crystalline glazes on them.   I am also throwing a smooth white stoneware for the gas kiln.  I have some mug forms, small bowls, plates, and cups in the works.  The rest of the week I will be trimming the pots and putting handles on the mugs.
Below are some mugs Bruce threw yesterday and put handles on today.  I sure do like his mugs.  They are always the first that I reach for in the morning.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Back to the Wheel

We have been back to throwing at the wheel for a few days now.  After delivering the pieces to Raleigh a week and 1/2 ago, we have been catching up on domestic and business chores, making clay, watching movies at night, and catching up on some sleep.  It feels good to be turning pots and getting ready for our next kiln loads.  The vases below are made out of porcelain and will be fired with our crystalline glazes applied on them.  The movie we have been watching lately is the vampire movie and series, Blade: House of Chthon.  We are not quite finished with the discs yet,  we are pleased so far.  We like vampire movies.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pottery and the Art of Gaming

We were looking around cyberspace and bumped into a blog called mashedmarket (excerpts and essays on the expanding space of games).  The reason why we bumped into this blog was because the blog author mentioned Bulldog Pottery.   As we began reading the essay, "Of Tools and Teapots, Rules and Decoration", our days in art school came flooding back.  We did not know where this fellow's thoughts were going, and we were afraid that by the end of his essay we were going be slammed.  We went through some heavy duty critiques in Alfred, and some of those would knock us out.  Usually a day (or two) away from the studio visiting the  library, or to the Jet (food), or to Alex's (the Bar) would suffice, we would lick our wounds and then go back to work.    We had to read his essay a few more times again to figure out if we were having a good critique or a bad one.   When we realized that this was a complimentary metaphor, we were pleasantly relieved.   

We began to read the rest of his blog, and enjoyed his writings about the art and craft of gaming.  We found that some if his thoughts on gaming could be swapped with pottery making.  This quote in particular caught our attention.  

"Of course, lots of gamers will feel (and play) differently. There’s an almost sickeningly huge range of ways to approach practically every game that’s ever been made. But, inevitably, our relationships to these experiences change over time. Rules are learned; skills mastered. More often than not, the expressive joy of discovery hardens into an almost-ritual ceremony of performance. And then what? We stumble into brand new worlds, keen on finding ourselves all over again."

One can take the three words gamers, game and play, replacing them with potters, pot, and work.  We now have a wonderful and eloquent paragraph about a studio potter's life.

We have not allowed ourselves to play video games or buy a PlayStation.  We have focused our attention on ceramics with our minds in the studio 24/7.  When we see what game designers have created these days, and watch family members play, we are amazed as well as tempted by the artistry.  The complexity of animation of video games has jumped mountains, since I was a kid playing Breakaway on Atari.  As for the art of playing video games, we will continue to read his writings and extrapolate from them, as metaphor, for our ceramic art.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Visit to Greensboro : Greenhill Art Center

The Greenhill Cultural Center is pictured above,  the Greenshill Art Center is through the doors

Across the street from Center City Park is the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art.  Visiting Greenhill was our second goal of the day.  There is an exhibition called Allegorical Realism, an exhibit of four NC. painters, on display through November 2, 2008.  We enjoyed viewing the paintings, and would recommend visiting the exhibition if you are in Greensboro.  The space there is wonderful with ample room to get back to view the paintings.  We were excited to be introduced to the work of Henryk Fantazos, who lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  This is the first time that we have seen his paintings.   We responded to his use of imagery and composition, and find many of the images he paints are similar to what we are drawn too.  We love stumbling onto work that inspires us.   Here is an example of his work.  Visit Henryk Fantazo's website to view more of his paintings and read his essays.

"Strangers in My Garden" by Henryk Fantazo

Tabernacle of Tupelo Honey by Henryk Fantazo

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Greensboro Center City Park

Center City Park, view of bird pitcher and chick from the fountains

We visited Greensboro on Sunday.  Our goal was to see Fred Johnston's bird pitcher and Carol's chicks.  They own Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery in Seagrove, NC.  He made these a couple of years ago for placement in the Center City Park, Greensboro, NC.,  as a public art commision.  There are some great pictures on their website , showing the process of Fred making the pitcher and Carol forming the chicks.  We were excited to finally see these works of art in their permenant location.  The day was beautiful and there were many people walking around with their families, throwing frisbee, and taking pictures.

Samantha and Bruce with Fred and Carol's two chicks

Bruce pointing out Fred's signiture while Gloria and Ed OOO & AHHH

While we were admiring the Pitcher and Chicks a little girl came over to admire them as well.  

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nature Art Gallery: A few more images

We would like to show a few more images of what we have on display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  
A grouping of drinking vessels by Bruce

Fossil Serpent Ginger Jar, Bruce, 7.5" x 8.5"

Skull Vase, Bruce, 8" x 5" x 4"

Wasp and Red Flowers, Porcelain Glaze Painting, Samantha, 12" x 7.75 " 1.5"

Two Golden Butterflies, Samantha, 3.25" x 6.5" x 6.5"

Vase, Samantha, 15.75" x 5" x 5"