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Family Day at the NC Pottery Center

Posted on 08/16/13

Seagrove, NC - On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the town of Seagrove, NC, is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a Centennial Celebration. Wishing to contribute to the day’s celebration of the area’s history and the festive atmosphere of the occasion, the North Carolina Pottery Center is having a Family Day on Saturday, September 21, 2013, in cooperation with Seagrove’s Centennial Celebration.

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be contributing to the day by showcasing the tradition of pottery through demonstrations and other activities! Please join us as we help to celebrate Seagrove’s 100th anniversary.

All NCPC activities will be taking place on NCPC property except for the 12:00-2:30 NCPC booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration. Alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and other weapons are prohibited. No pets, with the exception of service animals, will be allowed onsite on Family Day due to liability issues.

It is recommend that attendees bring folding chairs, blankets, etc. as some of the day’s activities will be located outside.

Schedule of North Carolina Pottery Center Activities on Family Day, Saturday, September 21, 2013

12:00-2:30 pm                    Pottery Identification by Dr. Terry Zug and Steve Compton
(Inside the NCPC)
Dr. Terry Zug is a pottery expert who is the former chair of Southern Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina. Steve Compton is an avid longtime pottery collector who was the first president of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild.

  • Maximum of three pottery pieces per person.
  • Donations are welcomed and encouraged, but not mandatory, for this service. Suggested donation: $5.

12:00-2:30 pm                    Pottery Ornaments for Kids & General Info with Seo Eo and his students
(NCPC Booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration on Old Plank Road)
Seo Eo, an Associate Professor of Ceramics at East Carolina University, and some of his students will be helping kids paint bisque ornaments.

  • Free - Donations are welcomed.

12:15– 2:15 pm                  Native American Pottery Demo by Caroleen Sanders
(On the grounds of the NCPC)
A Catawba Indian master potter, Caroleen Sanders, learned to make pottery in the traditional Catawba method by watching her mother and other family members and will be demonstrating her craft for visitors.

  • Free

1:15 – 3:15 pm                   Raku Firing Demo by David Garner & Dan Triece
(On the grounds of the NCPC)
David Garner is a life-long local potter who has stretched his creative boundaries and is known for his horsehair and Raku pottery. David is the owner of Turn & Burn Pottery in Seagrove, N.C. Dan Triece is another local potter who makes use of a variety of colors and glaze combinations and is known for his copper luster Raku pottery. Dan is the owner of DirtWorks Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.

  • Free

2:00 – 3:00 pm                   Pottery Turning Demonstration by Chad Brown
(NCPC Education Building)
Chad Brown is a local 5th generation potter who is recognized as an up and coming potter and who has been invited to show at this year’s Potters Market Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. on September 7th. Chad has purchased some land recently and is also in the process of building a kiln.

  • Free

3:30 – 4:30 pm                   Agate-ware Turning Demo by Eck McCanless
(NCPC Education Building)
Eck McCanless, a local potter, has been turning pots since the age of 18 and is known for his distinctive “agateware” pottery. He and his family were the subjects of Jim Sharkey’s film, The Fourteenth Shop, which won the Award for Creative Excellence at the 2002 International Film and Video Festival in Redondo Beach, California. Eck is the owner of Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.

  • Free

5:00-7:00 pm                      Evening Festivities
(On the grounds of the NCPC)

  • Music – Bluegrass experience
    The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast's most respected traditional music groups.
  • Food – BBQ sandwiches, fixings, dessert and drinks. (While quantities last - Donations are welcomed.)

This schedule of events is subject to modification by the North Carolina Potter Center. Inclement weather may affect the feasibility of some activities.

For more information about the schedule of activities (parade, booths on Old Plank Road, historical displays, etc.) being undertaken by the Seagrove Centennial Celebration, please visit the “Seagrove NC Centennial” page on Facebook.

The North Carolina Pottery Center looks forward to adding to a fun and festive atmosphere and celebration of Seagrove’s 100th anniversary!

North Carolina Pottery Center activities and projects are supported, in part, by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. For more information, please call 336.873.8430 or visit us on Facebook.

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