drop everything and get yourselves to COUSINS IN CLAY this weekend!

Cousins in Clay

North Carolina – Mountains

Bakersville, NC
at Michael Kline Pottery

September 5 – 6, 2015

Cousins: Gholson, Henneke & Kline

Special Guest Cousin

Justin Rothshank

You are invited to come and visit with the “Cousins in Clay – Mountains”
for their 5th Annual show and sale of contemporary art pottery . The
event takes place under the mighty oaks on the breezy ridge near the
Kline Pottery in the mountain town of Bakersville, NC. Michael will be
joined by Bruce and Samantha, who make their annual trip to the
mountains. They are sure to have a really wonderful selection of their
amazingly glazed wares. This year’s visiting cousin is the nationally
known potter, Justin Rothshank. Watch pottery demonstrations, enjoy
some awesome red beans and rice, drink some cold one’s and celebrate the
art of the potter in this summer’s “Cousins in Clay: Mountains”.


“Cousins in Clay” at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina

“Cousins in Clay” at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina
Contemporary Pottery Show and Sale
June 1-2, 2013
Meet the Potters
David MacDonald
Jack Troy
Bruce Gholson
Samantha Henneke
Michael Kline
June 1 – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
music by Chronis Pou Vasilou during the day
at 3:00pm demo by Michael Kline and Bruce Gholson
June 2 – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Potters Potluck at noon – All are welcome
music by Will McCanless 
at 1:30pm Jack Troy presents selections of his poetry 
Seagrove, NC 27341
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt.
5 miles south of Seagrove traffic light – Look for the Blue Watertower 

David MacDonald

David MacDonald is
an emeritus professor from Syracuse University and lives in Syracuse,
New York.  MacDonald received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2011.
more than four decades, David MacDonald has masterfully created richly
patterned utilitarian objects from clay that have come to symbolize
tremendous integrity and endurance. Despite the national recognition
MacDonald has earned for his superb work, he remains committed to, and
most content when he is producing, functional works of art in beautiful
forms that will be touched, held, and most importantly used by people
who will admire and appreciate their inherent beauty.”
— Everson Museum of Art, 2011

Jack Troy is
an emeritus professor from Juniata College and lives in Huntingdon,
Pennsylvania. Troy received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2012.
began teaching young artists in 1967 at Juniata College, has taught
over 185 workshops, written 2 books about clay, a book of original poems
titled “Calling the Planet Home”, published over 60 articles and book
reviews, all while producing a constant stream of pottery at his
Pennsylvania studio.  Jack Troy gives homage to our state of North
Carolina in his Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain book (1995), “If
North America has a pottery state it must be North Carolina”.
Michael Kline 
Michael Kline,
a studio potter from Bakersville, in the mountains of North Carolina.
He creates inspired traditional forms that are graced with his 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.  His work has been
published in many books and magazines and he has written several
articles for the Studio Potter, and writes regularly for his blog
Sawdust and Dirt.
Michael Kline will be presenting a demonstration along with Bruce Gholson on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.
Samantha Henneke,
the host of “Cousins in Clay”in Seagrove, lives and operates Bulldog
Pottery along with her husband Bruce in Seagrove, North Carolina.  She
wants her functional work to be both beautiful and comfortable to
use. She likes to decorate her pottery with a simple swirl and at other
times the form becomes a canvas for a dotted effect which can show how
tight patterning can affect ones vision, creating an op-art effect of
movement and vibration. She is fascinated with macro photography and
exploring her garden in the summer time while collecting images of
insects in their environments.  She utilizes this activity to capture
stories among the foliage, to create colorful insect compositions on her
porcelain canvases, forming a snapshot in time and imagination.
Bruce Gholson,
the host of “Cousins in Clay” in Seagrove, NC, lives and operates
Bulldog Pottery along with his wife Samantha in Seagrove, North
Carolina.  He has been fascinated with fossils, fish, reptiles and
insects since childhood. Recent interests have included fossilization in
amber, Chinese scholar stones, and arrowheads from the region.
 Researching the chemistry of other arts such as fabric dyes, analog
photography, and pyrotechnics provides him with inspiration in the form
of comparative formula based cabalistic ceramic mediation.  These
interests blend into an esoteric mix that is hopefully evident in the
overall feeling and imagery found in his work. Success is of course a
matter of perception and opinion, but for Bruce having the goal aids in
facilitating an aspect his journey- “Making pots in my own voice”.
Bulldog Pottery
Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt North
Seagrove, NC 27341
B’s cell  336-302-3469
S’s cell  336-302-4452

Upcoming events: Cousins in Clay



Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke
3306 US Hwy 220 Business

Excitement abounds here at Bulldog Pottery. We are surrounded by clay and glazes and filling our kiln with Moka glazed pottery for the upcoming “Cousins in Clay” pottery weekend. All of us at Bulldog Pottery are looking forward to the two day event featuring Jack Troy, Peter Lenzo, and Michael Kline.

“COUSINS IN CLAY” Memorial Day Weekend
May 28 Saturday 9-4
May 29 Sunday 10-4 Michael Kline’s Brushwork Demonstration
Saturday 2:00-3:00
Sunday 1:30-2:30

Jack Troy just returned from Australia as a presenter on a panel at the Australian Wood-firing Conference. He is a renowned potter from Pennsylvania, ceramics author, teacher, and poet.
Creative energy is clearly unlimited for Pennsylvanian potter Jack Troy, who weaves his productive life around his passion for ceramics. He has taught over 185 workshops, written 2 books about clay, a book of original poems, published over 60 articles and book reviews, and won awards, all while producing a constant stream of pottery in his Pennsylvania studio. Peter Lenzo from Columbia, SC reexamines the southern pottery face jug tradition, by creating his autobiographical head sculptures. We think you will enjoy these incredibly intricate and quirky sculptural interpretations of this Southern regional art form. Michael Kline from Bakersville, NC is known for his floral brush imagery that gracefully wraps around his wood-fired pottery forms. Michael is our perennial co-conspirator with Gholson-Henneke’s annual “Cousins in Clay” event. Look for a Mountain Cousins event in the near future. Bruce and Samantha of Bulldog Pottery specialize in iridescent crystalline glazes and imagery that reflect their interests in the natural world.

Please read more about the potters at Cousins in Clay
And call if you have any questions- 336-302-3469



Jack Troy


Peter Lenzo


Michael Kline


Samantha Henneke


Bruce Gholson
A recap:
May 28, Saturday 9-4 / May 29, Sunday 10-4 Michael Kline’s demonstration Sat 2-3 / Sun 1:30-2:30 Details at Cousins in Clay
Call if you have any questions- 336-302-3469 Read about “Cousins in Clay” Carolina Arts Unleashed Accommodations for our Local Area can be found under Places To Stay on our “Cousins in Clay” website.
Follow along with our blog to find out what is happening at Bulldog Pottery. If you are curious how this grouping of pots will turn out, return throughout the week for updates.

“Read All About It at”
“Around and About with Bulldog Pottery”

P.S. Tom Gray will have a pottery show & sale called Osmosis on Sat-May 28 & Sun-May 29; and Donna Craven will have her kiln opening the same weekend as well.