The 7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters Announces ParticipantsPosted on 09/18/14
Seagrove, NC - Planning for the 7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is well underway and the collective artists are all busily working on special pieces for the Celebration weekend, as well as on collaborative pieces to be auctioned at the Friday night Gala, November 21, 2014. A second, silent auction will take place on Saturday, November 22, from 1pm to 3 pm.
The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, a community that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery. Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 56 shops, are participating this year. Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McCanless, McKay, McNeill's, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Southern Spirits, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, and Windsong.
COSP is held indoors at the historic Luck's Cannery, on NC 705, Pottery Highway, one half-mile south of the traffic light in Seagrove. The Celebration potters admire and continue the spirit of the original Luck's Cannery - people of the Seagrove area working together to provide a future for their community. The festival offers shoppers a one-stop, indoor-shopping opportunity to purchase authentic Seagrove pottery. It is the only time of year that the majority of Seagrove potters are together under one roof!
The show offers the chance to meet the Seagrove artists, to learn about and purchase their work. There is excitement in every booth, where the exhibits embrace a striking variety of forms and functions. Seagrove is the largest working community of potters and clay artists in the country, and offers something for everyone. Children have a special dedicated area, where they can try their hand in clay and also purchase specially “Kid Priced” pieces of pottery. A donation from the proceeds of the children’s area is given to the arts programs of our local elementary schools.
The event kicks off with the opening night Gala. Guests can peruse and purchase first picks from the booths, while enjoying locally catered food and beverages, live music and enjoy the opportunity to view and bid on collaborative, one-of-a-kind, collectable pottery pieces.
"The celebration brings the pottery families of Seagrove together to spend the weekend with the families of our customers, new and old. It's a celebration for everyone," says Mary Holmes, Chair of COSP. The planning and implementation of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters show is a strong example of community and teamwork. Many committees work together to bring this professional and creative event to life. Local companies and organizations provide sponsorship and there are many opportunities available to partner with additional sponsors who recognize the unique prospects provided by the distinctive demographics of the Celebration attendees. Contact Mary Holmes for additional sponsor information at 910-783-5358 or [email protected].
Volunteers serve as the backbone of the festival. We strive to provide Celebration attendees the finest experience possible, warmly welcoming them to spend a leisurely time browsing and shopping, seeing the process, developing and renewing relationships with the potters of Seagrove. This would not be possible without the immense dedication of our volunteers, including members from the Asheboro City Council, The Randolph Arts Guild, auctioneers, educators, pottery lovers and collectors. We are always looking for ways to build on this essential team. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on many aspects of the festival, including the auctions, artist relations, gala preview event, production, special projects and more. Contact Bonnie Burns at [email protected], [email protected] or 336-953-5491.
Seagrove pottery has long been known for its collectability and the Seagrove name is recognized worldwide. Located in the central piedmont, the town of Seagrove is at the intersection of NC Business Highway 220 and NC Highway 705, which in 2002 was designated as Pottery Highway because it runs through the heart of pottery country. Seagrove potters are located throughout the countryside, all around these two major roads, and are all easily accessible from them. The Celebration of Seagrove Potters merged with SAPA, (Seagrove Area Potters Association) a local non-profit marketing entity that promotes, publicizes and markets the Seagrove community of potters in August of 2008.
For up-to-date information and photos on the upcoming Celebration visit www.CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters.com. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook at Celebration of Seagrove Potters for ongoing details. click here
7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters
November 21 - 23, 2014
Friday Nov 21, Gala 6 - 9
Saturday & Sunday Show Admission $5
Friday night Gala $45 in Advance