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Groundhog Kiln Firing at NC Pottery Center

Posted on 08/23/13

Seagrove, NC - Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center Saturday, August 31st to learn about the  groundhog wood firing process with Seagrove potter Chad Brown as he fires the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Chad will be available to explain the groundhog wood firing process and answer questions from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm.  Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Sid Luck have been working recently on making some necessary repairs to the groundhog kiln, and the kiln is now ready for firing again. The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.

Chad is a 5th generation potter; his great-great grandfather was William Henry Chriscoe.  Chad learned his technical skills in the more traditional Seagrove fashion, working for years as a production potter for many studios. He expanded his skills by working as a journeyman potter, traveling from studio to studio and turning the various shapes required.  Chad has participated in numerous wood firings with various potters including Sid Luck, Terry Hunt, David Stuempfle, Mark Hewitt and Donna Craven. Chad does turning demonstrations at the pottery center on most Saturdays. This year, Chad has been invited to show at the 8th Annual Potters Market Invitational held at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, September 7th.

While you are at the center, you can also explore our current temporary exhibition, “Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food.” Pottery and food – What a natural combination! Art in everyday life is highlighted in the NCPC exhibition of NC pottery used for food storage, food preparation, and cooking. One half of the wares displayed are historical, the rest are contemporary. This exhibition, curated by Mary Farrell of Westmoore Pottery, runs through October 26, 2013.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported 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 Tue - Sat 10 am - 4 pm. For more information, please call 336.873.8430 or go to www.ncpotterycenter.org

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