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”.


technical tuesday: workshop with Michael Kline

Well I for one just had an incredibly inspiring weekend! It’s not often that Saskatoon is visited by such caliber of artist as Michael Kline. There was no way I was going to miss this workshop, hosted by the Saskatoon Potters Guild, and it definetly didn’t disappoint.
Michael lives up to the online persona that I’ve come to know in the past few years through his blog and extensive social media outreach. It was great to finally meet him in person. He is generous and incredibly gifted as an artist and teacher; technically flawless and humble as well as humorous. The weekend was filled with great technical insights into his work alongside tales of historical and contemporary aspects of working in North Carolina. To offer you a play by play of what transpired would take too long so instead I’ll leave you with some images from the weekend as well as the encouragement to attend one of his future workshops or to visit Michael should you find yourself in North Carolina. 
Thanks Michael!

Make sure to find out more about Michael Kline on his blog Sawdust and Dirt
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“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

Ceramic Art of NC University and College Faculty

public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception of the
upcoming Exhibition: “Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and
College Faculty,” at the North Carolina Pottery Center.   The reception
will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, between 12:00 noon and 2:00
p.m., at the Center on 233 East Avenue in Seagrove , NC .   The
Exhibition will continue through January 19, 2013.  An illustrated
catalog documenting the work will accompany the show and will be
available for sale.
Exhibition showcases the high quality and rich diverseness of clay art
created by faculty who are instructors of ceramics at universities and
colleges throughout North Carolina .  At the same time, it gives
evidence of the experience available to college students in North
Carolina ’s Universities and Colleges and aptly reflects the spirit of
design and the faculty’s commitment to North Carolina ’s ceramic
faculty in the exhibit are; Lynn Duryea, Lisa M. Stinson, and Roy St ra
ssberg of Appalachian State University,  Mark Gordon of Barton College,
Seo Eo and Jim Tisnado of East Carolina University, Michael Sanford of
Elon College, Socorro Hernandez of Fayetteville State University, Janet
Gaddy of Greensboro College, Charles Tefft of Guilford College, Andrea
Wheless of High Point University, Holly Fischer, Warner Hyde, and Lisa
F. Pearce of Meredith College, Yun-Dong Nam of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, Janet Williams of the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, Nikki Blair of the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro, Vicky Smith of the University of North Carolina at
Wilmington, Leah Leitson of Warren Wilson College, Joan Byrd and George
Rector of Western Carolina University, and Marilyn Hartness of Wingate
Also on Saturday, November 10th, the Center is opening its doors and grounds for the education and benefit of the public with 5th
generation Seagrove potter Chad Brown of the Chriscoe family, firing
the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. The firing of the
groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.
The public is welcome to come out to view the firing and see how the
process was done over 200 years ago and still continues today.