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August 2011

Kline Pottery in Bakersville, NC, Host Cousins In Clay - Mountain Style

Come meet the “Cousins in Clay” who are coming to the NC mountains for a family reunion of the pottery sort!

On Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, from 10am to 5pm, Seagrove, NC, potters, Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke, of Bulldog Pottery will be hosted by Bakersville potter, Michael Kline.

With three successful years in Seagrove, NC, the “Cousins in Clay” pottery show and sale is coming to the mountains for a very special end of the summer event. The two day event will be a wonderful opportunity to meet three potters that share a kinship in their appreciation of ceramics and art pottery. Kline Pottery is located just minutes away from the world famous Penland School of Crafts, and in a community of nearly 300 craft artists and their studios.

After a trip to Seagrove and staying with his potter friends there, Kline referred to visiting his ‘clay cousins’ in his post at the pottery blog, Sawdust & Dirt. In 2009, Bruce and Samantha started an annual pottery show and sale in Seagrove and invited Michael to be their first guest potter, and they decided to call the show, “Cousins in Clay”.

Gholson and Henneke have created a collaborative environment at their Seagrove pottery studio, Bulldog Pottery, that provides them the support to express their independent voices in clay, as well as works developed together. Their art pottery has become know for its eclectic mix of form, imagery, pattern, and graceful design all integrated by their rich and distinctive glazes.

Kline, a studio potter from the mountains of North Carolina, digs red dirt from the field just below his pottery shop in Bakersville. He makes robust pottery and tableware inspired by traditional forms but adds a bit of flair with elegant floral brushwork giving a botanical theme to his wood-fired pottery jugs and jar forms. Sometimes his pots are covered with a honey amber color glaze that is as appetizing as maple syrup.

Both Bulldog Pottery and Michael Kline share their personal journeys of the day-to-day life of being full time studio potters through their clay blogs. Join them to find out what is happening next in their studio at Kline’s blog, Sawdust and Dirt ( and Gholson and Henneke’s blog, Around and About with Bulldog Pottery (

Come out for the day or spend the weekend in the cool mountains of North Carolina and immerse yourself in the abundance of an internationally known crafts community. “Cousins in Clay” is a kinship based on shared appreciation for the pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of clay.

Kline Pottery is located at 4062 Snow Creek Road in Bakersville.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call Kline Pottery at 828/675-4097 or visit (


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