Seagrove, NC - So what happens when you mix Lindsay Oesterritter and Kenyon Hansen with Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke, and Michael Kline?You get a diverse group of outstanding artists all creating Art with clay.  We invite you to be curious and dig into a smorgasbord of clay creations June 3 & 4 at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC. 

The “Cousins in Clay" pottery show and sale offers the opportunity to find original ceramic art at very accessible prices. This popular yearly pottery event features a wide spectrum of ceramics ranging from traditional to contemporary designs and from decorative to functional ware - beautiful and useful - ceramic art for the wall and table. 

Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke with Michael Kline will host their 9th annual “Cousins in Clay” with their special guest cousins Lindsay Oesterritter and Kenyon Hansen. 

Lindsay Oesterritter is currently the Director of Objective Clay LLC and a full-time studio potter in Manassas Virginia. Lindsay earned her MFA from Utah State University in Logan Utah. In 2014 she was an invited presenter at the 2nd Biannual European Wood Fire Ceramics Conference held at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skælskør Denmark. Her wood fired pots have rich and warm surfaces that complement her subtly complex forms. Her pots are a pleasure to use in your daily life. 

Kenyon Hansen is a full-time studio potter living in Arizona. He has been an artist–in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was awarded the Lincoln Fellowship, as well as Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. In 2013 “Ceramics Monthly” selected him as an Emerging Artist. Kenyon has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City.  

Michael Kline joins “Cousins in Clay” with Bulldog Pottery for his ninth year and brings to Seagrove his innovative and charismatic style.  Michael lives in Bakersville, NC where he fired his new salt kiln in 2016 after a successful kick-starter campaign last summer. Michael makes functional and decorative pots that become a part of your everyday experience. 

The key to making a creative life a passionate one is to take risks and be fearless in experimenting. And that is just one facet of the team Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery.  They work together daily to create an eclectic mix of form, imagery, texture, pattern, and graceful design. Their glazes bring lively and varied surfaces to their contemporary traditional pottery forms. It’s a taste of Seagrove you don’t want to miss. 

“Cousins in Clay” begins on Saturday, June 3 from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, June 4, from 10 am - 4 pm. On Saturday enjoy the music of Chronis Vasiliou of Greensboro playing his bouzouki music and a pottery demonstration by Lindsay Oesterritter at 3:00 - 4:00 pm. On Sunday come out and meet some of the Seagrove Potters at a Potters’ Potluck followed by a pottery demonstration by Kenyon Hansen 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  The annual Potters’ Potluck will be at 12 pm, all are welcome - bring a dish to share. 

During the weekend, June 3 and 4, you will have an opportunity to meet the five clay cousins - come and ask questions, add to your pottery collection or begin one.  Each makes art with an artistic beauty of their own design. Visit with the potters for this special two-day pottery show to be inspired and to appreciate the diversity and creativity of ceramic art. 

Potters Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke welcome you to their rural pottery community of Seagrove in central North Carolina.  Pick up a Seagrove Potters map while at Bulldog Pottery’s “Cousins in Clay” and make it a weekend of visiting Seagrove Potteries.  The Woodfire NC pre-conference will be firing up Seagrove kilns throughout the weekend.  

Seagrove, North Carolina is synonymous with ceramics.  A unique group of over 70 open pottery shops throughout the year is located within a short distance from the town of Seagrove, making it a destination for serious pottery shopping and a time to meet the potters, who are proud to make art you live with.  A visit with the Seagrove potters of North Carolina will help you appreciate the wide variations of clays, glazes and types of kiln firings.  Visit the potters where they live, make and sell their pots – pots of art and pots of function. 

Bulldog Pottery is located at 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt., 5 miles south of Seagrove’s traffic light - look for the blue water tower beside their driveway.  For more information about the potters and “Cousins in Clay,” visit their website,, or call Samantha or Bruce at 910-428-9728 or cell, 336-302-3469.  There is no admission fee for this event.

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