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May 2011

Co-op of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, Holds Grand Opening - May 7, 2011

A new gallery has opened in the heart of Seagrove, NC. A diverse collective of Seagrove potters have come together in co-operating a pottery shop, in the common interest of greeting you to their Seagrove pottery community. A grand opening will be held on May 7, 2011, from 9am-6pm, with an artist’s reception held from 4-6pm. Refreshments will be offered and visitors can register for door prizes.

At the beginning of the year, David Fernandez of Seagrove Stoneware offered an opportunity for a small group of potters to develop a new cooperative pottery shop in downtown Seagrove. Co-op members jointly discussed and elected how they would operate the gallery, and voted on the name... Co-op of Seagrove Potters. The doors of the pottery shop opened for business on March 1, and provides a comprehensive variety of pottery shapes and styles that the Seagrove area has to offer.

The grand opening reception will be a great chance to meet and talk with the potters that have their work in the gallery. They will be glad to give you a color map and direct you to any of the local potteries that comprise this amazing pottery community.

Many of the members of this group have pottery shops off of the main road, others are only a mile or two outside of town. The small town of Seagrove is home to a few dozen potters just in the town limits, while close to one hundred potters and clay artists, calling Seagrove home, populate the surrounding landscape. Not every one can get out to see all of the potteries in the area as they pass through town and this gallery provides an opportunity to see ten potteries in one location.

Phil Pollet, just outside of the town limits, says that he joined the co-op so that “even when I have to leave town for a few days it’s like my pottery shop will still be open.” Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown consider the co-op “an annex” to their studio gallery. “It’s like having a window on Main Street to our rural pottery studio several miles away from town. Tom Gray commented that, “I have admired this space ever since I moved here twenty years ago. Now, one of my dreams has come true, to have my pots in this way cool space.”

The Co-op potters are presenting a body of their work for sale to visitors and invite them to see more potters at their individual studios. The participating potteries include: Bulldog Pottery, Dover Pottery, Latham’s Pottery, Lufkin Pottery, Michelle Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, Nelda French Pottery, Old Gap Pottery, Ole Fish House Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, and Tom Gray Pottery.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call 336/873-7713.

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