Feature Articles

March 2014

In the Grove
by Rhonda McCanless

In conjunction with Randolph Arts Guild’s 27th Annual North Carolina Potters Conference held Mar. 7-9, 2014, in Asheboro, NC, the North Carolina Pottery Center (NCPC) will hold a special presentation by East Tennessee State University student Becca Irvin. The presentation will be about a vortex soda kiln students from the university constructed with the help of their professor and graduate students.

The kiln has a unique burner port layout that directs flame into a spiral motion down to a small flue in the center floor that exits out to the chimney. Irvin documented the entire process and will talk about firing results, burner and soda port configuration, refractory materials and provide photos of the pottery fired in the kiln.

The presentation is Mar. 9, from 1 to 4pm. It is free and open to the public. The NCPC is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove. For more information, visit (www.NCPotteryCenter.org) or call 336)/873-8430.

STARworks will hold the first ever NC Glassfest on Mar. 15, from 10am to 2pm. Glassfest is a sale of functional and culinary glass created by North Carolina artists. STARworks Glass artists will give hot glass demonstrations during the event. There is no cover charge to attend. It is recommended that guests arrive as close to 10am as possible to ensure the best selection.

STARworks is located seven miles south of Seagrove at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC. For more information, visit (www.STARworksNC.org) or call 910/428-9001.

Bulldog Pottery will hold “Daffie Days” Apr. 4 and 5, from 10am to 5pm. The event welcomes the beginning of spring and celebrates the flowers that come with the season. Artists Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke invite visitors to join in lively conversation about their recent work and enjoy refreshments. A variety of elegant vases and an array of studio art pottery created by Gholson and Henneke will be featured.

Bulldog Pottery is located five miles south of the Seagrove stoplight at 3306 US Highway 220 Alternate. For more information, visit the shop’s blog at (www.BulldogPottery.blogspot.com) or call 336/302-3469.

Pottery Road Studio and Gallery will hold a Birds and Blooms event Apr. 5, from 10am to 5pm. The violas and muscari surrounding the shop will be in full bloom for the event. Artists Don and Susan Walton will have new work available, including birdhouses, vases, flower arranging pieces and other springtime pots.

Pottery Road Studio and Gallery is located at 1387 N.C. Highway 705 South. For more information, visit (www.PotteryRoad.com) or call 336/707-9124.

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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