Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Meet the Cousins..... Seagrove, North Carolina on June 4-5, 2016

Sunday Potters Potluck from the 7th annual "Cousins in Clay" during 2015

  ----We are thrilled to invite you to our 8th annual "Cousins in Clay" pottery event----

 A rare opportunity to meet and talk with visiting nationally known clay artists about their work in a quiet and peaceful setting. Come on out...... you won't be disappointed.

  We invite Chronis Pou Vasiliou to play his Greek Bouzouki during Saturday until 3:00pm when we pull out our wheels for Julia Galloway and Tara Wilson to demonstrate a few of their pottery moves.

  Sunday the show and sale opens again at 10am and is a quiet time to relax with the potters until 12 noon when the potters potluck begins.  This year Will McCanless of McCanless Pottery will play Irish music, what a treat! At 1:30pm Dug Stanat will share with us some of his sculpting techniques.

Join Us this year for the

8th annual "Cousins in Clay"
An open and free pottery event for the public

June 4-5, 2016
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4

 Hosted by:
Bruce Gholson
Samantha Hennke
Michael Kline

The Guest Potters and Sculptor:

Julia Galloway
Dug Stanat
Tara Wilson

at Bulldog Pottery/Gholson & Henneke
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt
Seagrove, NC 27341
just 5 miles south of the town of Seagrove's single traffic

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Come on out we will be here Rain or Shine.
We can't do it without you

Host Clay Cousin:  Samantha Henneke, Seagrove, NC
Samantha Henneke, Host potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay," at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
I love taking pictures around our property that continually inspires my glazes and images.  I work with a variety decorative techniques to  help me develop imagery and pattern on my work.  Bruce has been experimenting with ash and spodumene glazes that provide him with warm orange and ochre hues on his ceramics.  Recently Bruce has been adding an additional  layer of texture to his pottery that provides the user with an extra sensory experience.

Host Clay Cousin:  Bruce Gholson, Seagrove, NC
Covered Jar, Bruce Gholson, Host potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay," at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC

Host Clay Cousin:  Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC
Mug, Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC, Host of Mountain "Cousins in Clay" on Labor Day Weekend
Michael Kline is from Bakersville, NC and is known for his floral brush imagery that gracefully wraps around his wood-fired pottery forms. Sometimes his pots are covered with a honey amber color glaze that is as appetizing as maple syrup.  Recently Michael has focused his attention on decorating his pottery with a Korean inlay technique called sanggam. Michael is our perennial co-conspirator with Gholson-Henneke, and the annual Cousins in Clay events.

Have you every watched the new social media live video stream Periscope. Michael has been regularly posting videos on Periscope. You can download the app onto your mobile device. You can also watch his videos on your desktop.  Visit Michael 'Klineola' Kline on Periscope, check it out. It is really cool to watch the work of a studio potter live.

Every year we partner with our good friend Michael Kline, a Penland potter from Bakersville, NC and host two "Cousins in Clay" pottery events. Ours takes place here at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove the weekend after Memorial Day and Michael hosts Mountain "Cousins in Clay" on Labor Day Weekend at his Michael Kline Pottery in the mountains of North Carolina.

 Save the Date for this year's Mountain "Cousins in Clay" on September 4-5, 2016. Our guest mountain clay cousin is Kristen Kieffer.

Guest Clay Cousin: Julia Galloway, Missoula, Montana
Julia Galloway, guest potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay", at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Julia Galloway is currently the Director of the School of Art and Professor at the University of Montana, Missoula.

She makes "joyous pots, objects that weave into our daily lives through use," she writes,  "Teapots celebrate our drinking tea; a pitcher decorates a mantel when not in use; a mug with slight texture inside the handle allows our fingers to discover uniqueness. Pottery is a reflection of us."

Julia put together the “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans”, a website of information and resources that was developed by her and her students at the Rochester Institute of Art. The guide is intended to help and support students when they are finishing at school, and it contains helpful information for the professional ceramic artist  as well. The Ceramic Field Guide can be found on Julia Galloway's website.

Guest Clay Cousin: Dug Stanat, Fremont, California
Dug Stanat, guest sculptor at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay", at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Dug Stanat will fly in all the way to North Carolina from California. The intricacy that Dug Stanat whips into his sculptures are “freakin” astonishing. He loves strange characters, and is inspired by his love of creatures, characters, monsters, and spirits.  Dug has been sculpting his creatures since the early 90's- And for 12 years grew his talent at PDI/DreamWorks as a character technical director.  He rigged faces for How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, Rise of the Guardians, Shrek 2 and 3, Madagascar 1 and 2, and The Bee Movie.  For the last three years he has been sculpting full time, leaving DreamWorks on Halloween, 2012 to return to a life of sculpting in California.
Guest Clay Cousin: Tara Wilson, Montana City, Montana
Tara Wilson, guest potter at the 8th annual "Cousins in Clay", at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Tara Wilson set up her studio in Montana City in 2008 after finishing residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center. She currently has a train and a catenary arch wood fire kiln.  Her wood fired pots are often richly complex in form, and can be usefully enjoyed in your daily life. Read more about Tara Wilson in her interview with Jennifer Allen on Jen Allen's Ceramics blog.

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