Friday, March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Daffie Days Full Steam Ahead

We pulled out our first kiln load a handful of days ago, our second one this past Sunday, and last night we just turned on our last kiln that will be out on Thursday. We are pleased with the results and the colors are springy! I am going to do my best to glaze another grouping of pottery that will come out on Saturday. These will be mugs and small bowls with my transparent colors on them. It won't be a full load but I think it will be fun to squeeze in a few more pieces for the weekend.

And... Hot off the Press- The Carolina Arts Unleashed- "Spring Flowers Came Early this Year But You Still Have Time for “Daffie Days” at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC – Mar. 30 – Apr. 1, 2012" by Tom Starland of Carolina Arts.

Below we have posted a few images from the past week of glazing. It is quite a process to see our pots from the beginning to the end. Always something going on and another step to make.  How wonderful it is to be a potter.

Bruce Gholson glazing one of his vases

Samantha Henneke glazing a few mugs

Bruce Gholson glueing rings to the bottom of vases 

Gloria and Ed the magic sieving duo

Samantha Henneke glazing one of her vases

Samantha looking at one of the recent vases and Max 
The temperature was a little chilly yesterday and after our new haircuts I had to put on one of my hats. This winter has been so warm that I have not had to wear these very often.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Daffie Days- Bulldog Pottery Kiln Opening

 Seagrove, NC Bulldog Pottery's kiln opening
Our kiln opening is right around the corner. We are really excited about our studio work and looking forward to the upcoming months of ongoing making and firing.

March 30,31 and April 1, 2012 from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Seagrove, NC
We are located just 5 miles south of Seagrove's street light on Hwy 220. Look for the blue water-tower.

On note, Laura Johnson, Snow Hill Pottery and Tiles, has opened her new shop in downtown Seagrove. She makes awesome tile. Tomorrow is her first day. The new Seagrove Pottery shop is located across from the Seagrove Fire Department behind the brick house in the white building.

Bulldog Pottery,  back of our kiln opening postcard

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Opening Reception at the PAF Gallery

Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke in the PAF Gallery, Siler City, NC
Our show opened this past Friday evening during Siler City's first Artwalk of the year. A band played, Art galleries opened their doors, a UNC T.V. film man was interviewing the director of the NC. Arts Incubator and wandering the streets and galleries taking footage, and folks were coming to see our exhibition all evening long. It was a real pleasure to see all of the people coming out to enjoy the evenings festivities.  There is a coffee shop right next door where we had a yummy mango smoothie that afternoon, and then later in the evening a coffee to keep us going (any excuse for good coffee). 

We are busily getting our vases glazed and into the kiln. We have more vases then we have time to glaze for Daffie Days. Which is a good thing, because the Celebration of Spring Seagrove Pottery Kiln Openings is coming right on up on April 21 and 22, 2012.  
Samantha Henneke with one of her porcelain glaze paintings

Inside the PAF Gallery

Bruce Gholson 

Bruce Gholson and metal sculptor Edwin White
Bruce talked with Edwin White, a metal sculptor in Silk Hope. 

Bruce Gholson with author Ricky Lindley
We met Ricky Lindley a NC Arts Incubator resident. We purchased his recently released novel called Pleasant Grove.  

If you have the opportunity to visit Siler City's N.C. Arts Incubator complex and eighty pieces of our work that are on display, the Bulldog Pottery Exhibit will be shown in the PAF Gallery until April 13th.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Putting the finishing touches on our vases.

We are putting the finishing touches on our vases. Our kiln opening - Daffie Days is right around the corner.
Daffie Days - March 30, 31, and April 1 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

We are also looking forward to joining the Celebration of Spring with the Seagrove Potters Kiln Opening on April 21 and 22, 2012!

The gorgeous weather outside is bringing out the critters living in the undergrowth.

Monday, March 12, 2012

PAF Gallery Exhibition in Siler City

Bruce Gholson, Shino Covered Jar

This Friday evening, on March 16th, 2012, will be our opening reception at the PAF Gallery. It begins at 6:00-9:00 and takes place during Siler City's third Fridays ArtWalk.  The show of 80 Bulldog Pottery pieces will be on exhibit until April 13, 2012.  The PAF Gallery is part of the NC Arts Incubator.  The North Carolina Arts Incubator is located in five buildings nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Siler City and currently features 24 artists working in a variety of medias from pottery to glass to fiber.
NC Arts Incubator
223 North Chatham Avenue
Siler City, NC 27344
Bruce is carrying our pots into the gallery.  
The inside of the PAF Gallery has wonderful light and a fabulous window!

PAF Gallery located in Siler City, NC from the outside

The NC Arts Incubator in Siler City, North Carolina,
123-D North Chatham Avenue

Bruce Gholson, Crab Shino Low Bowl

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Surreal or Hyperreal Landscape

Today we took an early morning walk. Bruce threw the ball for Max while I knelt to take images of the daffodils blooming in our yard.  I am fascinated by the way flowers, at this perspective, become a surrealistic landscape in which the insects live. 

We are still recuperating from the 25th Annual NC Potters Conference, held this past weekend in a nearby town, Asheboro, NC. The folks at the Randolph Arts Guild are a hard working group who put on an inviting and happy conference. For 25 years Dwight Holland has planned the potters conference inviting an excellent line-up of potters and scholars as demonstrators and presenters.  This past conference was awesome, and we learned a lot of techniques, history, and we were reminded that there are so many different ways to handle clay and carry through with one's own unique voice in it. To read about the conference, visit the Courier Tribune- NC Potters Conference: Marks the 25th Year and Potters on Conference "Amazing" "Wonderful".  The Randolph Arts Guild have images of the conference on their Randolph Arts Guild facebook page.