scholarship opportunity: The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarship

Now open for applications: $4000 scholarship for your ceramic study in 2015

The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships 2015

The Scholarships are awarded annually and this year marks the fourth
round since it began in 2011. This bequest is open to all students
(currently enrolled), from second year onwards, of a ceramics
certificate, diploma or degree course (or an arts course with a major in

Trudie Alfred

There are 5 awards, each worth up to $4000.

Applications for TTAB close 5pm, Friday 19 September 2014.

The scholarships will be awarded in November 2014.

Valued at up to $4000 + 1 year membership of TACA ᐧ open to students
enrolled in their second or subsequent year of a ceramic program ᐧ
selection panel of three Australian ceramic artists from different
states ᐧ must be currently enrolled at time of scholarship award ᐧ open
to Australian citizens or those with permanent residency ᐧ selection
criteria: academic achievement ᐧ quality of ceramic work ᐧ rationale for
funding not previously received this scholarship ᐧ written report
required at end of scholarship period.

Click HERE for an application form, terms and conditions.

Trudie Alfred from ann reed neice        Trudie Alfred1

Trudie Alfred (1922 – 2010) was a well- known Sydney potter and
teacher with a great passion for ceramics. She struggled financially to
sustain a ceramic practice in her early years as a potter and so, to
assist others in a similar position, she left a generous bequest to The
Australian Ceramics Association. Trudie specified that the funds be used
to support the work of students preparing to embark on a career in the
field of ceramics.

For further information, and AFTER you have read the Terms and
Conditions, please contact Vicki Grima at The Australian Ceramics

The Australian Ceramics Association
PO Box 274 / Rear 249 Bronte Rd
Waverley NSW 2024 AUSTRALIA
T: 1300 720 124
F: 61 (0)2 9369 3742
skype: australianceramics

“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

“Cousins in Clay” – Seagrove, NC – Bulldog Pottery

“Cousins in Clay” – Seagrove, NC – Bulldog Pottery

“The Cousins are Coming”
Hello, Happy and Warm Summer Days Ahead…
coming weekend on May 26 and 27, Ron Meyers, Judith Duff, and Micheal
Kline will join us with their fabulous pottery here at Bulldog Pottery
for the 4th annual “Cousins in Clay”
May 26 – Saturday 10:00-5:00

May 27 – Sunday 10:00-4:00
this year we have made a slight change on where we will display all of
the pottery. We are planning to have the Cousins in Clay event at our
house instead of tents outside of our shop. There seems to be a chance
of showers on the days we would be setting up the tents, and we thought
it best to focus on getting one location ready for the event. For those
of you who are coming to “Cousins,” if you don’t need to park close
please park up at the garden and walk down via the gravel driveway.
That way it will leave the parking spaces closer to the house for those
that are less nimble. To get to our house by car just follow the gravel
driveway pass the yellow cottage and shop and around the garden to the
white house at the end of the gravel driveway …. we will be set-up in
the breeze way. — Look for the flags.
Saturday starting shortly before noon Bruce’s brother in-law, Chronis
Pou Vasilou, from Greensboro will be playing his Bouzouki for an
afternoon of Greek music.
there will be a light buffet throughout Saturday for as long as the food lasts.
Michael Kline will present a brush work demonstration on Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:30.
Sunday there will be a potters potluck at noon. All are welcome.
Please join us to celebrate and meet our special guest “cousins”
potters, Ron and Judith.
Come on out, it will be comfortable Rain or Shine.
All Our Best,

Bruce, Samantha, Ed, and Gloria (and Maxwell though he may not be available for most of the day, but not by his choice)
P.S. As always check out our pottery blog to see what we are up to at “Around and About with Bulldog Pottery”. And for more details about the this special event visit the “Cousins in Clay” website
3306 US Hwy 220 (40 miles south of Greensboro, NC) see map below

336-302-3469 or 910-428-9728

Samantha Henneke – Dung Beetle with Girl in Red Dress

Bruce Gholson – Fossil Fish Pitcher

Ron Meyers – Rabbit Platter

Judith Duff – Wood-fired Basket

Michael Kline – Wood-fired Plate

Carolina Arts May Issue

May issue of the Carolina Arts
The Carolina Arts
online newspaper is focused on North and South Carolina Art happenings.
There is an article about Cousins in Clay on page 39 and on page 38
Rhonda McCanless’ writes a column about what is happening in Seagrove
called “In the Grove”.
Hot off the Carolina Arts Unleashed press, Tom Starland writes about the Making Plans for the Big Weekend in Seagrove.


Bulldog Pottery – Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke [336-302-3469
or 910-428-9728] | 3306 US Hwy 220, Seagrove, NC

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.