Sunday, November 16, 2008

Watch North Carolina Weekend Thursday night

This coming week on Thursday night there will be a brief segment about the NCPC
on the show UNC-TV NC weekend.
This show will air at 9pm on Thursday, November 20th.
We hope you will tune in.
We will be open next week end, with free admission, please stop in the Center to see the current exhibitions.
Also- stop in at our booth at the Celebration Of Seagove Potters over the week-end.
Here is what you will find there:
History, education and demonstration at the upcoming Celebration of Seagrove Potters
Seagrove, NC. November 21-23 2008
Children have a special area where they can try their hand in clay and purchase “Kid Priced” pieces of pottery. The proceeds of the children’s area will be donated to the arts programs of the local elementary schools.
The North Carolina Pottery Center booth will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers and will exhibit historic pots, provide information on NC Pottery and sell books, catalogs and stands. Representing the NCPC booth is noted author Terry Zug, UNC-Chapel Hill professor and historian. Terry will speak Saturday on the significance of preserve jars from the Seagrove area. He describes Seagrove potters in his book, Turners and Burners, as “…the intangible qualities of the shops-qualities that only emerged gradually and increased the difficulties of classification. Most apparent is the pervasive family orientation. - And reinforcing these clay clans is the deep sense of place.
Finally, there is the potter's historical self-consciousness. It is a genuine sense of the past that gives pride and purpose and guidance to the present.”

Also on Saturday, Pam Owens, of Jugtown Pottery will discuss the history the Early Jugtown Pottery.
On Sunday, Linda Carnes McNaughton will discuss the history of “cultured cabbage” and how it relates specifically to stoneware jars.
Later that day Ray Owen will talk about Ray Auman and the Auman Pottery.

Throughout the weekend Seagrove potters will be giving demonstrations.
On Saturday, 5th generation potter, Sid Luck will share Seagrove history and why Seagrove has been designated the Pottery Capital of the US.
Sid is currently the administrator of TAPS (Traditional Arts Programs for Students) a North Carolina Arts Council initiative. The North Carolina Pottery Center is the site for the Seagrove TAPS program.
Traditional potters from the Seagrove community of Moore and Randolph counties instruct fifth grade students from Seagrove Elementary School in numerous traditional clay processes, including clay preparation, hand building, wheel turning, glazing and firing pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice.
Other demonstrating potters throughout the weekend include:
Charlie Riggs, Eck McCanless, Jared Zehmer, David Stuempfle, Craig Kovack, Jeffery Dean, Randy James, Ben Owen, David Fernandez, Chris Luther and Michael Mahan.

Saturday, November 22 the show is open from 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, November 23 10 AM to 4 PM
A second fundraising auction will be held Saturday, at 4 PM offering pieces donated by participating and other local artists.
A wide variety of food and beverages are available.
Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item for our food drive.