#virtualclay – join us in the conversation

This is a chance for you to get involved in an NCECA panel whether
you’ll be in Milwaukee or not. Virtual Realities, Material World is a
panel addressing the role of social media in the professional lives of
four ceramic artists. This March join Michael Kline, Ben Carter, Adam Field and Carole Epp in person or through social media in the
conversation. Use #virtualclay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to pose questions, share ideas, build
community. We will be collecting your questions from now until Friday
March 21st. 

Thanks for adding your voice.

“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] www.bulldogpottery.com | 3306 US Hwy 220, Seagrove, NC