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NC Potters to be featured in nationwide tv broadcast

Posted on 09/15/2009

On Wednesday, October 7th, at 8 pm, PBS TV, will air a nationwide broadcast of a brand new episode of the Peabody award-winning series, "Craft in America," that features two well-known North Carolina potteries. "Craft in America" producer, Carol Sauvion, explains why. "North Carolina pottery has inspired and influenced potters from all over the world," says Sauvion, "It is authentic, original, and powerful in its simplicity. By including Jugtown and the Hewitt pottery in its new episodes, the Craft in America series showcases their significant contribution to the history of craft in America."

Jugtown potters, Vernon and Pam Owens, and their children Travis and Bayle, and Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, are proud to represent the state's pottery tradition in this stunning documentary that serves as a tremendous affirmation of North Carolina's role in shaping the ceramic heritage of United States.

Both Pam Owens and Mark Hewitt are on the board of the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, and have helped organize a series of simultaneous "viewing parties" across the state on October 7 to coincide with the broadcast, and to raise funds for programming at NCPC.

These "viewing parties", described as, "a collective group hug for all the potters and pottery lovers across the state," demonstrate a remarkable show of support from North Carolina pottery guilds and patrons across the state. This support acknowledges the camaraderie among North Carolina potters, and validates the role that the North Carolina Pottery Center plays in promoting public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

Eight pottery Guilds, from the coast to the mountains, are hosting "viewing parties" for their members and supporters, including the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild in Wilmington, the North Carolina Pottery Collectors Guild and the Triangle Pottery Guild (both in Raleigh), Durham Clayworks, Carolina Claymatters and Carolina Clay Connection in Charlotte, and the Potters of the Roan in Bakersville and Penland. There will also be a gathering at UNC-Asheville.

The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, NC is partnering with NCPC, Craft in America, and UNC-TV, to host a Gala Dinner, Dessert and Viewing Party.

In addition, there are seven parties being held at the homes of NCPC patrons in cities across the state - in Edenton, Fayetteville, Seagrove, Asheboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Pittsboro.

Visit www.ncpotterycenter.com or phone 336-873-8430 for more information about attending one of these events. To contact Jugtown Pottery visit www.jugtownware.com or phone 910 464 3266, and to contact Mark Hewitt visit www.hewittpottery.com or phone 919 542 2371.

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