Samantha Henneke, Bulldog Pottery

(336) 302-0469;

Tammy O’Kelley, Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau




SEAGROVE, NC – Seagrove potters Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery will hold their 3rd annual “Cousins in Clay” event on May 28 – 29, 2011.  Once again Bruce and Samantha bring a line-up of renowned potters to the rural pottery community of Seagrove in central North Carolina. Three nationally known studio art potters, Jack Troy, Michael Kline, and Peter Lenzo, will bring their ceramic art to Bulldog Pottery for this special two day event. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with the artists and add to your pottery collection or begin one. Bulldog Pottery is located five miles south of Seagrove’s single stop light on Alternate Highway 220.


Creative energy is clearly unlimited for Pennsylvanian potter Jack Troy, who weaves his productive life around his passion for ceramics. He began teaching young artists in 1967 at Juniata College, has taught over 185 workshops, written two books about clay, a book of original poems entitled, "Calling the Planet Home," published more than 60 articles and book reviews, all while producing a constant stream of pottery at his Pennsylvania studio.  Jack Troy gives homage to the state of North Carolina in his wood-fired stoneware and porcelain book, If North America Has a Pottery State it Must be North Carolina.


Like a writer creating his autobiography, South Carolinian artist Peter Lenzo sculpts head vessels that are symbolic representations of his personal story.  Intrigued by the 19th century southern pottery face jug tradition, Peter has created self-portrait face jugs that are clearly unique to his own personal interpretation of this long-standing southern folk art tradition. 


Michael Kline, a studio potter from the mountains of North Carolina, 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.  Michael Kline will be presenting brushwork demonstrations on both days of this event.

Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke's art pottery has become known for an eclectic mix of form, imagery, texture, pattern, and graceful design all integrated by their rich and distinctive glazes.  Both Bulldog Pottery and Michael Kline share their personal journeys of the day-to-day life of being full time studio potters through their clay blogs online at and


Come out for the day or spend the weekend in Seagrove, the handmade pottery capital of the U.S. Bulldog Pottery’s “Cousins in Clay” event brings together a rich diversity of contemporary ceramics for this two day event. “Cousins in Clay” is a kinship based on shared appreciation for the pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of clay. Visit their website or call (336) 302-3469 for more details.