Feature Articles

February 2014

In The Grove
by Rhonda McCanless

Pottery Road Studio & Gallery is fairly new to Seagrove, but Don and Susan Walton, the potters who run the gallery are not newcomers by any means. The shop is located at 1387 Highway 705 South, the same location that housed Walton’s Pottery for many years before the Waltons took some time away from pottery to focus on another creative business, Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Pottery Road Studio is now home to both Walton’s Pottery and Rubber Stamp Tapestry, and also features functional and contemporary pottery created by other artists.

The gallery will host its Winter Sale on Feb. 1, from 10am to 5pm. This is the only time of year they mark many items down in order to move out the old and bring in the new. In the spirit of recycling, there will also be some great deals on not-so-perfect pottery that has been saved throughout the past year. For more information, visit (www.PotteryRoad.com) or call 910/464-2608.

The Potters of Busbee Road have a Valentine’s Celebration planned for Feb. 8. Participating shops include Studio Touya, Ben Owen Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Mill Creek Forge, Hickory Hill Pottery, O’Quinn Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Cady Clay Works, Owens Pottery, Jugtown Pottery and JLK Jewelry.

Each shop will celebrate in its own way. Some will feature special glazes or holiday themed items. Some are offering refreshments. Door prizes will be given away at some locations. For more information, visit (www.PotteryOfBusbeeRoad.com).

The North Carolina Pottery Center is combining a $5,000 Draw Down Raffle with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner Party and Auction on Mar. 1, from 6 to 10pm at the Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, NC. Masquerade tickets are $40 each or two for $75, and include dinner, two wine/beer tokens, jazz music, silent and live auctions and the opportunity to win door prizes. Festive attire and masks are encouraged. Raffle tickets are $50. For more information, visit (www.NCPotteryCenter.org).

The Randolph Arts Guild will host the 27th Annual North Carolina Potters Conference Mar. 7-9. Guest artists this year include Michelle Erickson, John Gill and Mark Shapiro. Presenters include Robert Hunter, Bill Carty, Brian Jones and Ben Carter.

The conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations. All demonstrations and presentations are scheduled for the entire group. Tickets are $225, which includes lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Lunch on Sunday. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Feb. 15. For more information, visit (www.RandolphArtsGuild.com).

Operating hours for Seagrove Orchids have changed. Effective immediately, business hours will be Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday by appointment. Internet orders will be processed over weekends and shipped out on Mondays and Tuesdays. Seagrove Orchids is located at 3451 Brower Mill Road. For more information, visit (www.SeagroveOrchids.com).

Rhonda McCanless is editor and publisher of In the Grove, a monthly newsletter about Seagrove, NC, that focuses on pottery news. Click the link to see the latest issue. Rhonda works full-time for Central Park NC in Star, NC, and can sometimes be found at her husband’s pottery shop, Eck McCanless Pottery, located at 6077 Old U.S. Highway 220 in Seagrove, NC. She can be reached by calling 336/879-6950 336/879-6950 or e-mail to (professional_page@rtmc.net).

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