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Spring kiln openings in Seagrove this weekend

Posted on 04/14/09

Contact: Jennie Keatts or Susan Greene, [email protected]

Seagrove, NC - Working together for the good of the community.... Seagrove potters are again coming together to create an eventful weekend with something for everyone. Close to 40 clay artists will be offering special events and kiln openings throughout Seagrove the weekend of April 18-19, 2009. Spring has always been a time for renewal and awakening in Seagrove and this year an unprecedented number of shops are opening their doors together to Celebrate spring with special events, which quite appropriately coincide with Earth Day! A great weekend to come out and leisurely browse, shop and learn about local, lasting treasures made from the minerals and clay of the Earth.

A large variety of events are scheduled throughout the weekend including but not limited to loads of beautiful new pots fresh from the kilns, door prizes, refreshments, turning demonstrations and raku firing. Descriptions of events can be found at www.CelebrationofSeagrovePotters.com.

The shop events happening Saturday coincide with the annual fund raising event at the North Carolina Pottery Center. In a year that has demonstrated a great need for funding; the annual event features the appropriate and creative name and theme "Many Faces for the Center". And this does not mean just face jugs! Pieces will be available for viewing all day, with a silent auction beginning at 2:30, a social hour with refreshments at 4 and the live auction at 5pm.

Many pieces were donated from the recent community firing held at the NC Pottery Center on the 4th of April. A community firing by Seagrove potters was unloaded this week with each participating potters donating a piece to the auction and several donating collaborative works.

Stop at the NC Pottery Center or any participating shop to pick up a map of the area and listing of events as you come into Seagrove, or print the list from our web site www.CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters.com.

Participating shops include:
Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Cady Clay Works, Cagle Road, Caldwell-Hohl, Crystal King, Dean & Martin, DirtWorks, Dixieland, Dover, Fireshadow, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, His Hands, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Jugtown, King's, Kovack, Latham's, Luck's Ware, Lufkin, McCanless, Old Gap, Original Owens, Potts, Ray, Seagrove Stoneware, The English Potter, Thomas, Turn & Burn, Uwharrie Crystalline, Village, Westmoore, Whynot, Wyndham & Brookehaven. Full details, including hours and events are listed at www.CelebraionOfSeagrovePotters.com.

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters is a gathering of diverse clay artists joining forces to showcase the traditional and contemporary pottery of the historic Seagrove community. The goal is to maintain the authenticity of Seagrove pottery by working together in a community effort to promote the historical, educational and artistic aspects that can be experienced when visiting Seagrove, and to draw customers to the shops to have a first hand Seagrove experience. The Celebration of Seagrove Potters, November 21-23, 2008, was the first event and was a resounding success. Please visit our www.CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters.com for more information.

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