Feature Articles

April 2013

In The Grove
by Rhonda McCanless

The Seagrove Potters Celebration of Spring is upon us. The studio tour and kiln opening will feature 38 Seagrove area pottery shops, Apr. 20 & 21. Each shop will do something special to celebrate spring. Visitors can expect extended hours, special treats, door prizes, demonstrations, hands-on activities, studio tours and kiln openings.

Brochures with a complete listing of shops and activities, photos and a map will be available in participating shops and can be downloaded at (www.DiscoverSeagrove.com).

The NC Pottery Festival is Apr. 13 & 14, from 10am to 4pm at Seagrove Elementary School. Potters and craftspeople from across North Carolina will participate in the event by selling their wares and performing demonstrations. Admission is $5. For more information, contact Martha Graves at 336/873-7887.

Thomas Pottery will hold a spring kiln opening Apr. 20, from 10am to 5pm, and Apr. 21, from 1 to 4pm. The kiln will be unloaded Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 2pm. A large selection of trays, platters, bakeware and more will be available. Studio tours and refreshments will be offered.

FireFest is May 3-5 at STARworks in Star, NC. The festival will celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art. Internationally known guests artists, Hank Adams (glass), Ben Galata (metal) and Hyang Jong Oh (ceramics) have been invited to participate, demonstrate and lecture. Workshops, demonstrations, live performances, hands-on activities, and locally made food and drinks will be offered throughout the event.

Central Park NC is undertaking the transformation of a 187,000 square foot former textile mill to create STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises and new home to Central Park NC. For more information, visit (www.STARworksNC.org).

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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