Feature Articles

February 2011

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Features Works from its Collection

In response to our visitors most often asked question, “What’s upstairs?” The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, will present the exhibit, What’s Upstairs?, showing the NCPC’s hidden treasures, on view from Feb. 17 through Apr. 28, 2012.  

This was a natural choice for an exhibit as we continue to build our permanent collection of North Carolina pottery. This Exhibit, What’s Upstairs? showcases our permanent collection and is part of our campaign to represent the state’s diverse past, present and ongoing pottery as an important state treasure. The exhibit will also feature two special lectures with a chance for patrons to also have their NC Pottery identified. The identification and lecture days are Mar. 10 and Apr. 14. Guest speakers to be announced.

The North Carolina Pottery Center is the result of years of work by many dedicated individuals who love NC pottery. The award winning building designed by Frank Harmon, utilizes natural light and an interesting use of space. Pottery that is not on exhibit is housed upstairs in open storage that can be seen from the galleries below. In a state known for pottery, the NCPC strives to educate and connect people with potters and pots.

Steve C. Compton the curator of What’s Upstairs? is an avid collector of historic North Carolina Pottery. The author of numerous articles related to North Carolina potters and potteries, Compton is also the author of North Carolina Pottery: Earthenware, Stoneware and Fancyware published by Collector Books. Formerly the President of the NCPC board of directors, Compton is also a founding member of the North Carolina Collectors Guild. His current work includes research on North Carolina’s early eighteenth and nineteenth century earthenware potters.

We have developed our website (www.ncpotterycenter.org) to be used in many ways, through our DIRECTORY OF NC POTTERY AND CLAY ARTISTS; potters throughout the state can submit their information and be easily found by travelers. We connect through cyber space and through exhibitions that cover the state and we are informational and educational as well.

If you wish to donate a piece to our permanent collection, please contact the Center. We are also seeking North Carolina pottery pieces for our annual auction, which is our premier fund raiser. All donations are tax deductible as the North Carolina Pottery Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).


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