In The Grove

News of Seagrove and Surrounding Communities May 2012
Events Calendar May
5 Ÿ David Stuempfle Pottery Kiln Sale (pg. 2) Ÿ Chocolate Festival (pg. 2) 11 through July 28 Student Exhibit at NC Pottery Center (pg. 2) 26 Ÿ Donna Craven Spring Kiln Opening (pg. 3) Ÿ “Spring into Summer” kiln opening at Whynot Pottery (pg. 3) 26 & 27 4th annual “Cousins in Clay” at Bulldog Pottery (pg. 3) 31 Last day to register for Summer Clay Camp at STARworks Ceramics (pg. 4)

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Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl
will receive a ticket and program for the event, The Northern Moore Family Resource with a map highlighting all of the participating nd annual Behind the Center will host the 2 Scenes Pottery Crawl on May 12, from 10 a.m. potteries. Tickets and programs may be picked up at the Resource to 5p.m. Center, 130 S. Middleton A self-guided car Street in Robbins or at tour will take the North Carolina participants to 14 Pottery Center, 233 East Seagrove area pottery Avenue in Seagrove. shops. Each shop will The Resource Center have a unique culinary will raffle off four 4delight with wine pairing piece place settings of and demonstrations tableware from Dean and focusing on different Martin Pottery and from aspects of the craft – Avery Pottery and from shaping at the Tileworks. They will This table setting by Avery Pottery & wheel, to glazing, to Tileworks is one of the raffle prizes for the also raffle off a salad set, firing techniques. Northern Moore Family Resource Center. plus salad bowls from The pottery crawl Seagrove Stoneware. will showcase a rich diversity of styles, colors, Raffle tickets may be shapes and sizes that range from the decorative purchased separately from to the utilitarian. Participants will encounter tickets to the event. Winners pieces they want to hang on the wall under do not have to be present at museum lighting, as well as everyday treasures. Every potter the drawing. The drawings is an artist with his/her will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Resource Center on the own unique style. day of the event. Raffle Individual tickets are $45. Patron tickets tickets for the dinnerware Face jug by are $100, and include a settings are $10. Ticket Luck’s Ware buyers can designate which commemorative drawing they would like to be pottery piece. Mother’s Day packages a part of. Tickets for the salad set are $5. Teapot by Dean & are available for $150. Tickets for the set of six salad bowls are $1. Martin Pottery The Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl is The package includes organized by the Northern Moore Family two tickets and several gifts for mom—the Resource Center, commemorative pottery piece filled with which is a 501 (c) (3) Cont. on next page chocolates and a bottle of wine. Participants

5 Seagrove Town Council Meeting - 7 p.m. 15 & 16 Summerfest - Hosted by the Museum of NC Traditional Pottery. Several pottery shops will participate.

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In this issue
Ÿ David Stuempfle Pottery Kiln Sale Ÿ Chocolate Festival Ÿ Student Exhibit at NC Pottery Center Ÿ “Spring into Summer” at Whynot Pottery Ÿ “Cousins in Clay” Ÿ Donna Craven Spring Kiln Opening Ÿ Seagrove Potter Invited to Workshop in South Korea Ÿ Summer Clay Camp at STARworks Ceramics Ÿ April Seagrove Town Council Meeting

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Pottery, Luck’s Ware, Old Gap Pottery, nonprofit organization established in Seagrove Stoneware, Studio 1996 to serve children and Touya and Westmoore Pottery families in northern Moore will participate in the tour. County. All proceeds from the To purchase raffle or event Pottery Crawl will help tickets, or to learn more about children and strengthen local the event, visit the resource families. Potters will donate center website at 15 percent of all sales during or call (910) the event to the resource 948-4324. Send checks center. payable to the Northern Moore Avery Pottery & Family Resource Center to Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, P.O. Box 190, Robbins, NC Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Teapot by Studio 27325. Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Touya Dean & Martin Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, From the Ground Photos provided by Northern Moore Up, Great White Oak Gallery, Jugtown Family Resource Center.

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dessert contest, chocolate cake demonstration by Culinary Institute of America graduate Walter Viegelmann, David Stuempfle Pottery will hold a book signing by Foy Allen Edelman, kiln sale on May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. author of Sweet Carolina: Favorite There will be a Desserts and Candies from the Old variety of wood North State, chocolate-inspired fashion fired pots to choose show, silent auction and of course, from, including the tastings. PREVO DRUGS large pots David is There is no admission fee for the Independent Pharmacists that Care About You known for. The festival, but the events will require small pottery shop is only fees. Proceeds will benefit RACM, a 510 North Broad Street open on days of kiln 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that Seagrove, NC sales and by helps with the needs of northern Moore (336) 873-8246 appointment. County. The funds will go to help with M-F 8:30 - 6:00 David has been utility bill assistance. Photo provided by making pots in Sat 9:00 - 1:00 More information about the event and David Stuempfle Seagrove for more RACM can be found at Jerry P. Moore, PharmD. Pottery than 15 years and www.RobbinsAreaChristian was recently featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. The shop is located at 1224 Dover Church Road in Seagrove. More information about David and the kiln sale can be found at A new exhibit will open at the North Carolina Pottery Center on May 11 with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The “NC Student Ceramics Robbins Area Christian Ministries Exhibit 1: High School” will be on (RACM) will hold a Chocolate Festival display until July 28. The best of NC fundraiser on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 high school ceramics will be featured in p.m. at Smyrna United Methodist Church, the exhibit. 203 Smyrna Church Road in Robbins. Students from all over NC were “We decided this year to do invited to submit entries. More than 130 something different for the Robbins Area pieces, from whimsical to functional will 330 Jugtown Rd. Christian Ministries fundraiser,” said be on display. The pottery center is Seagrove, NC 2012 fundraiser chairperson Mary Farrell. located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove. 27341 “A Chocolate Festival has wide appeal, More information can be found at and we’ve tried to plan a day that will be (910) 464-3266 a lot of fun and raise much-needed Tues. - Sat. funding at the same time!” 8:30 - 5:00 Several events are planned for the festival, including a Chocolate Challenge

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Whynot Pottery’s Mark and Meredith Heywood will hold their “Spring into Summer” Kiln Opening and Open House on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mark and Meredith specialize in gas fired stoneware in a variety of forms and colors. Bulldog Pottery’s Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke are gearing up for the 4th annual “Cousins in Clay” on May 26 and 27. They will host guest potters Ron Meyers, Judith Duff and Michael Kline. “’Cousins in Clay’ is a pottery kinship based on a shared appreciation for the pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of clay,” according to the website, Seagrove potters Bruce and Samantha are known for their iridescent crystalline glazes and imagery that reflects their interests in nature. Ron Meyers, from Athens, Georgia has spent 20 years as a professor of ceramic art at the University of Georgia and over 40 years working and teaching in clay. He is known for the lively animal images that decorate his pottery. Judith Duff, from Brevard, North Carolina is a full-time studio potter who

Whynot Pottery is located at 1013 Fork Creek Mill Road. For more information about the kiln opening, call (336) 873-9276 or send e-mail to Updates about the happenings at Whynot Pottery can be found at http://WhynotPottery
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specializes in wood fired pottery and works in the Japanese shino tradition. Michael Kline, from Bakersville, North Carolina is known for his floral brushwork that wraps around his wood fired traditional forms. He is returning for his 4th “Cousins in Clay” event in Seagrove. Michael will present brushwork demonstrations on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Chronis Pou Vasiliou will perform live Greek Bouzouki music along with fellow musician Matthew Beasley on Saturday, beginning at noon. Bulldog Pottery is located at 3306 U.S. Highway 220 Alternate North in Seagrove. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the event call (336) 302-3469 or visit the “Cousins” website. Photos provided by “Cousins in Clay.”

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Donna Craven will hold her spring kiln opening in conjunction with “Cousins in Clay” on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donna will fire a new load of pots in her wood kiln for the event. She will have a variety of old and new forms, both large and small, including items for spring. Donna is a largely selftaught potter who began as Photo provided by a journeyman potter in Donna Craven Pottery 1996. She learned pottery basics by working in local shops,

including Humble Mill Pottery and Turn & Burn Pottery. In the summer of 2001, Donna built a groundhog kiln with the help of her father and Daniel Johnston. She held her first kiln opening that fall and has been doing her own work since. She built a larger kiln in 2010 after researching kilns and getting input from local potters.
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“Having more room has challenged my forms and the size of those forms, as well as incorporating a new routine of work cycle,” said Donna. All of Donna’s work is wood fired and salt glazed. She is probably best known for the larger pieces that are thrown and coil built with a one-inch extruded coil. Her pots are grounded in traditional forms, but Donna adds her own touches. “I am always searching for the one pot that embodies the strength and beauty of the art I have chosen to be a part of,” said Donna. “My goal is to create

continuity between the form and the surface of a piece in order to bring it to life.” Donna uses a variety of materials and techniques to accomplish her goal. Lately, taped decorations using manganese, crackle slips and ash glaze have caught her interest. Donna Craven Pottery is located at 2616 Old Cox Road in Asheboro. She does several shows each year and holds kiln openings at her studio. For more information about the spring kiln opening, send e-mail to

Seagrove potter Jeff Brown is one of 28 international potters invited to attend The 9th International Workshop of MunGyeong Chasabal (Tea Bowls) Festival 2012 in South Korea. Photo provided The event runs April 28 through May 6. by Jeff Brown Participants for the event were selected through a jury process. Jeff will demonstrate on the wheel and present a Powerpoint presentation about the life of a studio potter in Seagrove during the festival. His tea bowls will be exhibited alongside the work of other international potters throughout the event. More information about Jeff can be found at

STARworks Ceramics will host two Summer Clay Camp sessions this year. The beginner session (ages 7-10) is June 18-22, and the intermediate (ages 10-14) is June 25-29. Both sessions will be from 1-4 p.m. Hitomi Shibata will instruct students on basic pottery making. The students will create a variety of functional pieces that will be on display at the Young Artist Exhibition, August 6-10. A closing reception will be held August 10. Guest artists from Seagrove, including Ben Owen III will demonstrate their skills and discuss pottery during the camp. The fee for the camp is $75. Deadline for registration is May 31. STARworks is located seven miles south of Seagrove at 100 Russell Drive in Star. For more information, visit or call (910) 428-9001.

Engineer Mack Summey spoke with Seagrove Town Council about the water and sewer project during the April meeting. Four bids were received for the construction part of the project, which Summey originally estimated at $242,000. SKC Inc., from Seagrove, bid $192,372 and was awarded the project. Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to authorize Mayor Allen Hale to enter into an agreement with SKC once everything is approved by all parties involved. Commissioner Katherine Hewitt said that commissioners plan to take a look at town ordinances and hold several

workshops to discuss the ordinances over the next few months. Notices about the meetings will be posted in advance at town hall, and the meetings will be open to the public. Commissioners have received complaints about some of the ordinances, according to Hewitt. Some of the ordinances are not clear, and commissioners want to clean up the wording for future boards, said Hewitt. Local business owner Benjamin Burns suggested someone from the county be present when the NC Highway 705 Scenic Overlay is discussed because the town worked closely with the county to

establish the overlay. Hewitt agreed that would be in the town’s best interest. Phil Morgan requested permission to use a decal of the town seal on commemorative mugs. Morgan said he would be willing to donate $1 from each sale of the mugs to the town and is willing to share the decals with other potters. Morgan’s copy of the town seal is in black and white. Benjamin Burns offered a full-color version for Morgan and other potters to use. After some discussion, it was decided that the town would order the decals and charge potters $1 plus the cost of the decal for each one.

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