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