Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Do you like skulls and want to see more? Then possibly Skull of the Day is the blog for you!


Bats!!! They are not flying mice. Bats do not become tangled in hair. Not all bats are vampires. Most bats have cute faces. Bats are shy, gentle, and intelligent. Average life span is 35-40 years.
To adopt a bat visit Bat World.

Information is from Bat World.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cotton in the Carolinas

We just came back from NC Central Park in Star. A great talk was given by the men below and the man above. They make t-shirts here in NC.
Cotton in the Carolinas is a collaboration of farmers and manufacturers across the Carolinas dedicated to growing, making, and selling its t-shirts in the Carolinas.

There will be a Farm tour on Oct. 30th, this Saturday at Thurman Burleson & Sons Farm in New London. If you are interested in attending it starts at 10 and ends around 3pm. Contact Eric Henry eric at tsdesigns dot com

Would like to buy a t-shirt that was grown - made - sold - here in North Carolina? Dirt to Shirt in 750 miles.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


After the Mint Museum's Potters Market we continued to glaze and fire vases and cups. Bruce had a couple of ginger jars sitting on the shelf waiting to be glazed that came out really sweet. We are motivated by the results that came out, and had spent some time working on new color combinations when we realized that the days have whizzed on by. Between organizing & moving stuff around in our new studio, and glaze testing, we now have to re-work our schedule.
We have decided to stay focused on our crystalline glazes for the rest of the season, and look forward to testing some new clays and glaze colors. The oranges that came out are new for us and we want to continue to work on developing these colors. This means the Moka glaze firing will have to wait till the new year.

We are preparing for the "Celebration of Seagrove Potters" which will be on Nov 20 and 21. The Gala is on the 19th, Friday evening. Our booth this year is located in the back left hand corner.
On Saturday, Dec. 4 we will be having a holiday show and sale here at Bulldog Pottery. Lots to do and lots to look forward too!

We will be posting our progress between now and then and letting you know some of what we will have available.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Figuring out the schedule.

We are gearing up for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters and our December Kiln Opening on the fourth. We are figuring out our schedule. Sometimes this can become complicated since we like to do two different bodies of work. The Moka glaze functional pottery is fired at a different temperature and uses different clays than out molybdenum crystalline glaze. This clay and process detail just adds a bit more adjustments into scheduling of what we do and when.

So as of now we will be firing our Moka glaze pottery for the Dec. kiln opening, meaning this design style will be fired after the Celebration. For the Celebration we will work on our crystalline glazes. With all of this studio detail explained, we will still have Moka glaze for the Celebration and we will still be making our crystalline glazed work for Dec. 4. Yes maybe a bit confusing, we can get confused too, and we are always reworking our schedule. It all just seems to work out in the end.

So if you are wondering what we are making and what we will be having in our shop for this coming up holiday events. Stay Tuned and follow along. We are excited to find out too!

Here is a new angle I thought I would try out. Bruce's knees look enormous.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild: A Tradition of Excellence

Leaf Bowl by Samantha Henneke

"Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild: A Tradition of Excellence" is an exhibition taking place through November 7 at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC.
The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild is a group of professional artists whose mission is the pursuit of outstanding design and craftsmanship, to encourage opportunities for artistic growth, and to promote education in and appreciation of the art of fine craft.

This Saturday and Sunday Cedar Creek Gallery will be hosting their annual Pottery and Glass Festival from 10am - 6pm. There will be pottery, glass, wood, and etching and engraving demostrations, as well as, live music by Kenny Shore & Larry Hutcherson and plant sales by John Martin & Jeff Bottoms.

Cedar Creek Gallery is truely a cultural treasure of North Carolina, promoting and representing artists since 1968.

These are the pieces of Bulldog pottery that we have in the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Exhibit at Cedar Creek.

Black rainbow crystalline vase by Samantha Henneke

Frog Covered Jar by Samantha Henneke

Matte crystalline and molybdenum crystalline vase by Bruce Gholson

Fossil Fish Flask by Bruce Gholson
Moka glazed large bowl by Bruce Gholson

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Clay and Blogs Opening Reception

Here are some images from the Clay and Blogs - Telling a Story reception. The opening took place this past Friday evening at the Campbell House in Southern Pines, NC. Lots of people were there looking at a wonderful variety of pottery. There are pieces there from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, California, Alaska.... and of course from all over the USA.

Meredith Heywood pulled this show together. She picked a group of bloggers and she then let each of us pick a blogger that we followed. I picked Alex Solla from Cold Springs Pottery. He has recently made a career change to Alex Solla Photography.

Samantha and Meredith

A group shot of blogging potters at the opening.
Admiring Chris Luther's altered vase.

Blogger shooting Blogger.

Gary and Linda Starr drove up from Florida

Micheal Mahan, Don Jorgenson and Bruce Gholson

Admiring pottery, some of it from Great Britain

Tom Grey with the Star Gang

Friday, October 1, 2010

Clay and Blogs Show-Telling a Story

Tonight is the opening for the Clay and Blogs - Telling a Story.
This exhibition of 40 bloggers will be up for a month at Moore County Arts Council's Campbell House in Southern Pines. There will be pots from as far as New Zealand and the United Kingdom as well as pottery from all over the United States. Take the time to go visit the potter's blogs and read what they are up to around their studio. There is a complete list of the participating potters on the Moore County Arts website with a link to their blog. Excitingly, there is an online component to this show as well where you can view a piece from each pottery blogger showing in the exhibition.
Read more about this very cool exhibition on Carolina Arts Unleashed.

Here are the pieces that we have on display at this exhibition.