In The Grove

News of Seagrove and Surrounding Communities August - September 2010
Events Calendar August
6 - Sept. 6 Bulldog Pottery in “Love Bug” exhibit at Epona and Oak in Raleigh

Volume 1, Issue 5

Kiln Opening and Reenactment
Luck Legacy Kiln Opening
There is no admission charge for the event and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information and to see photos from last year’s kiln opening, visit

The Luck Legacy 12th Annual Kiln Celebration of Reenactment Opening takes 17 Westmoore Pottery, 4620 Busbee Road, place August Ÿ Seagrove Potters for Peace 28 from 9 a.m. Seagrove, will have a Celebration of “Three Cups of Tea” Reenactment event on September 11, from 9 until 3 p.m. at community discussion at a.m. until 5 p.m. Luck’s Ware, Randolph Arts Guild, 7 p.m. 1606 Adams Westmoore will host the 6th NC Regiment Ÿ Seagrove Library movie Road, for the event, who will set up an encampment night, “Water Horse - Legend Seagrove. and demonstrate what life was like for of the Deep,” 7 p.m. Salt glazed Revolutionary War soldiers. They will also be 21 & 22 pots will be available for purchase available to talk with the public. Baseball tournament at H. Clay directly from the groundhog kiln People who show up in authentic Presnell Memorial Park, ages when it’s opened at 10 a.m. The period dress will receive a 10 percent 9-12 event is Sid Luck’s way of honoring discount on purchases in the shop. 27 the apprentices he’s had throughout Many of the items available in the Phil Morgan Pottery in “All the years, 15 of which will be in shop are made in the styles used Abstract” exhibit - Reception at attendance. during the 18th century. One Leadership Place in Several apprentices will set up To find out more about the wares Greensboro, 5-7:30 p.m. The booths to sell their wares, along with available at Westmoore Pottery, visit exhibit may be seen by special guests from North Cole There appointment until Nov. 18 Pottery in Sanford. There will also is no admission be a silent auction featuring collaborative and 28 charge for the commemorative pots. Ÿ Luck’s Ware - Luck Legacy event, and Steel Magnolia, from Greensboro, will 12th Annual Kiln Opening, 9 people of all perform bluegrass music for the event. a.m - 3 p.m. ages are Barbeque, prepared by Sid’s son, Matt Luck, Ÿ Seagrove Athletic Assoc. encouraged to will be served, as well. holding sign-ups at Lamb’s attend. Ball Field for Southwest Randolph Fall Baseball, 10Left - Sid Luck prepares clay for the pug mill that will be used to 11:30 a.m., ages 3-12 make pots for the Luck Legacy Kiln Opening. Center - Luck’s

7 Seagrove Town Council Meeting - 7:30 p.m. 11 Ÿ Westmoore Pottery Celebration of Reenactment with 6th N.C. Regiment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 6th Annual Potters Market Invitational at Mint Museum in Charlotte, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., several Seagrove area pottery shops participating

Ware groundhog kiln, Right - Westmoore Pottery ware made in the style used during the 18th Century. .

In this issue

Page 2 - Dover Pottery Carolina Bronze Sculpture Page 3 - Lufkin Pottery Page 4 - August Town Council Meeting, Heritage Committee and SWR Fall Baseball

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Community Treasures
Dover Pottery
In the Seagrove colorful crystalline area, pottery is often a glazes. family business. Dover Zeke began his Pottery, located down a pottery career around scenic country road in the same time, but took the Westmoore some time off to pursue community, is no computer programming. exception. He’s now back at In 1978, Milly Dover, painting detailed McCanless decided to majolica designs on pursue pottery as a dinnerware and serving hobby. She wanted to Eck, Zeke, and Milly McCanless dishes. make miniature pots for Fiva, Milly’s her dollhouse, so she enrolled in ceramic daughter, sometimes helps out around the classes at Montgomery Community shop, too. She recently began painting her College. She had previous design own majolica designs. experience from N.C. State University In 2006, Milly’s son, Will, opened School of Design. McCanless Pottery on N.C. Highway 705. In March 1983, she and her former He began his pottery journey at Dover, as husband, Al McCanless, converted a well. livestock barn, built in the early 1900s, Milly still paints sometimes, but into a pottery shop. Dover Pottery opened mostly manages the shop these days. Al is its doors in October of the same year. no longer an active member of Dover Milly and Al’s hand-painted designs Pottery, but he does sell some of his proved to be very popular, and the shop agateware pots in the shop. needed to be restocked within a week after The hand-painted majolica at Dover opening. features floral and geometric themes. The Having grown up around pottery, it’s shop also offers crystalline on a regular no surprise that Milly and Al’s four basis, and salt-fired pieces from time to children became involved in the family time. business. Dover Pottery will celebrate its 27th “I’m very proud of my talented anniversary on October 9 with a “Reunion children,” Milly said. “They got the best of Pots” event. They are also participating of their mom and dad.” in the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Her sons, Eck and Zeke, are the main November 19 - 21. contributors to Dover Pottery today. Eck The shop is located at 321 Dover began turning 17 years ago and is now the Pottery Drive, off of Dover Church Road. sole turner for the shop. His graceful and For more information, visit lightweight forms are available in several

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Carolina Bronze Sculpture
Carolina Bronze Sculpture has spent the past 20 years casting bronze works of art that have been featured in many places throughout the world. The process, as owner Ed Walker explained, requires making each statue three separate times in Ed Walker poses with a replica of different mediums and the Ronald Reagan statue that can take up to six stands in the Capitol rotunda. months to complete. They are hired by artists to recreate an original work in bronze. In most cases the piece is a sculpture that needs to be enlarged. However, there are times when the staff at Carolina Bronze only has a sketch to work with. One of their more famous pieces is the Ronald Reagan statue
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that stands proudly in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. They were contacted by artist Chas Fagan to transform his 2-foot tall clay sculpture into the 7-foot tall bronze statue that was placed in the rotunda. To do this, Ed and his team used a 3-D scanner to capture all of the sculpture’s details. Next, they programmed the information into a CNC HAAS machine, which carved an enlarged sculpture out of a big block of foam. The artist then applied a thin layer of oil-based clay over the foam and fine-tuned the details. Once the details were precise, a rubber mold was made, which was cut into sections that had hot wax poured into them. After the wax cooled, the artist worked on the finishing details. The wax castings were then dipped into a ceramic slurry to make ceramic shell moldings. Once the molds dried, they were fired and, the wax melted out to be reused for

another sculpture. Finally, the bronze was poured into the molds. At that point, the pieces were all welded together and touch-ups were made to create the finished product that was shipped to Washington D.C. Much of the work created at Carolina Bronze is made using the same process as the Reagan Statue. They also create smaller castings and fabricated pieces. Ed, who taught sculpture at the university level for six years, holds a bachelor’s degree in art from East Carolina University and a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. He and his wife, Melissa Walker, will both have art featured at Tyler D Studios in Burlington until August 30. Carolina Bronze Sculpture is located at 6108 Maple Springs Road in Seagrove. For more information, visit

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Lufkin Pottery
Self-taught potter, handmade crafts,” she Sally Lufkin Saylor, said. said that the most When she was popular items in her learning how to turn, shop, Lufkin Pottery, Mitchell Shelton told are the Witness Crocks her she would have to (pictured on the front turn 500 pots of the page). same shape and size The crocks are her that were acceptable vessel for telling people before she could that no matter who they consider herself a Sally Lufkin Saylor cleans up a dish potter, Sally said. The are or what they do, that will hold a candle made out of a first pot she made was a God is with them, she soy and vitamin mixture. said. One side of each fluted candy dish, and crock is left smooth and unblemished, she made 500 of them. She’s been busy while the other side has small cracks and making pots ever since. holes. Each one comes with a signed Sally is participating in several events, composition written by Sally to explain both locally and out of state. She will be what they represent to her. at two Handcraft Unlimited & Country Sally offers several other unique Peddler Craft Shows. One will be at the items in her shop, like mini bird houses, Wildwood Convention Center in kitchen sponge holders, egg separators, Wildwood, NJ on September 4 & 5. The office sets, and soup and cracker bowls. other is at Frederick Fairgrounds in She also makes dinnerware, serving Frederick, MD on October 23 & 24. dishes, decorative pieces, and baking She will be at the Traditional Turners dishes, among other things. Pottery Festival in Lincolnton, NC on Cookbooks and books on collectible October 9. She is also participating in the pottery inspire Sally to create many forms, Seagrove Pottery Festival and the but she said her favorite things to make Celebration of Seagrove Potters, both on are teapots. She’s creative with the form. November 20 & 21. One might have a little frog sitting on the The pottery at Lufkin is electric fired lid. Another might be made to look like a stoneware and comes in a variety of jewel birdhouse. tone glazes. The shop is located on South Having always been fond of handmade U.S. Highway 220 Alternate, near items, pottery was a natural fit for Sally. Jugtown Café. For more information, visit “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved

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Seagrove Town News
August Town Council Meeting
Bonnie Renfro, president of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, talked with town council members at the August 3 meeting about the possibility of a grant from the N.C. Rural Center that would help pay for the cost of a sewer system in Seagrove. The proposed project would bring a water line to the grocery store and create a sewer line that would run from a pump station on East Avenue to the grocery store property line. H&H Furniture is donating the site for the pump station. The project is estimated to cost $290, 940, and the grant from the N.C. Rural Center would pay for up to half of that amount. Jobs that would be created by the new grocery store and Four Seasons Furniture, a division of H&H Furniture, make the town eligible for the grant. Four Seasons Furniture would also have access to the sewer line. Even though the sewer system would be owned by the Seagrove/Ulah water district, only a unit of local government, such as the town of Seagrove, is eligible to apply for the grant, according to Renfro. That unit would have to put up $15,000 to match the grant. The Randolph County Board of Commissioners indicated they would consider paying $7,500 of that, but would need to set up a public hearing to formally consider the matter, Renfro said. Once the proposed sewer system is installed, it will be possible to extend the lines to other streets in Seagrove. A public hearing on the proposal will take place at the September 7 town council meeting. The proposed special event vendor ordinance, and peddlers and itinerant merchants ordinance were both discussed at the meeting, as well. David Fencl, from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Medical Appointments - Local, Chapel Hill, Duke · Taxi Division of Community Assistance, gave Services, Dinner, Shopping, Lunch · Tours - Local, an overview of both ordinances and Daycations, Overnight answered questions. Premier Tour, Wedding & Limousine Service Due to concern over the application deadline of 45 days before a special event “ Purveyors of Fine Travel” takes place and some of the wording in the Sept. 3, 6 - Durham Bulls Baseball peddlers ordinance, amendments will be Sept. 9-11 - Washington DC made to both ordinances. Revised Oct. 22 - Oklahoma! UNC-Pembroke versions will be made available at town Oct. 29 - KC & The Sunshine Band hall until the September town council Oct. 30 - Virginia Autumn Train Ride Oct. 31 - Blue Ridge Train Ride meeting. At that time, council members Nov. 1 - Legally Blonde - The Musical will vote on the ordinances. Nov. 13 - Billy Elliot - The Musical Bonnie Burns presented a proposed Nov. 16 - Southern Christmas Show layout for trees to be planted by Trees Jan. 15 & 26 - The Lion King Seagrove in H. Clay Presnell Memorial Call for Customized Wedding Packages, Park. Trees will be placed every 40 feet, Airport Transportation and Tour Brochures with flowering trees staggered in the front. Council members granted a motion to approve the layout. Planting will take (910) 295-2257 ext 21 place October 16. Call for Customized Wedding Packages, Frank Neef requested a variance for the PO Box 3376, Pinehurst, NC 28374 Airport Transportation and Tour Brochures sign at his pottery shop, which currently doesn’t meet town restrictions. Neef was unaware of the restrictions and created the sign to fit into the sign frame that was left by the previous property owners. Robert Wilhoit, town attorney, said Neef would have to file a petition and council members would have to sit as the board of adjustments in order to consider the variance. The meeting went into a closed session at 9:30 p.m. to discuss a police matter.

Heritage Committee
The Heritage Committee of the Seagrove Public Library is looking for items of historical significance to the Seagrove community. They intend to display the items in the library. Items they are collecting include photos, newspaper clippings, letters, diaries, Bible records, yearbooks, scrapbooks, old household items, copies of family trees and other memorabilia. They are also looking for volunteers to research areas of interest, such as schools, businesses, churches and civic groups. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating items should call the library or committee members, Sue Spencer at (336)

873-7487, Cathy Baiden at (336) 6262366, Barbara Luther at (336) 873-7521, and Pat Callicutt at (336) 873-7264.

SWR Fall Baseball
The Seagrove Athletic Association will hold sign-ups for Southwest Randolph Fall Baseball on August 28. Sign-ups will take place at Lamb’s Ball Field from 10-11:30 a.m. Applicants must be between the ages of 3 and 12. All games will be held at Lamb’s Ball Field and H. Clay Presnell Memorial Park between September 9 and November 6. For more information, contact Jason Lamb at (336) 381-4213.

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