5th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters This Weekend
Seagrove, NC - The 5th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is next weekend, November 16th - 18th. Seagrove potters have been hard at work in preparation for the big event. This year's Celebration features 65 Seagrove pottery shops and more than 100 authentic Seagrove artists. The Celebration, held in the historic Luck's Cannery on N.C. Highway 705 in Seagrove, is one of the most spectacular pottery events in North Carolina. Approximately 5,000 people visit each year throughout the weekend.
The Friday Night Gala, November 16th, provides customers the opportunity to preview all the pottery available and to be first in line to purchase. Additionally, they enjoy live jazz music and meet and greet with potters during the catered reception. This year features local restaurant, "Something Different" of Asheboro, music from "The Gary Woodard Band" and samples from local Asheboro brewery "Four Saints". Ticket information at www.CelebrationOfSeagovePotters.com. Tickets for the Gala are $40 in advance. The Gala ticket price also includes Saturday and Sunday admission to the Celebration. Event tickets can be purchased at the door for $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.
The collaborative auction is an exciting aspect of the Gala. The auction offers the rare opportunity to bid on special pots created by two or more potters working together. These unique pots showcase each individual's talent, creating one of the most diverse and exceptional groupings of highly collectable pots available. For a preview of what will be offered during the Gala auction, visit www.CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters.com. Among the collaborations are works by Bruce Gholson and Ben Owen, Pam and Travis Owens and Jennie Keatts, Sid Luck and Stacy Lambert, David Garner and Jeff McDowell, Michael Mahan and Will McCanless, Frank Neef and Paul Ray, Donna Craven and Susan Greene, Janice and Bruce Latham, Crystal King and Jeffery Dean, Bonnie Burns and Chris Luther, Michael Mahan and Phil Pollet. The Celebration of Seagrove Potters can also be followed on Facebook. Potters regularly post updates and photos of what they have been working on.
The Celebration continues November 17th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and November 18th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday visitors will have the opportunity to bid on special pots donated for the silent auction, which takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Potters will demonstrate throughout the weekend event. Demonstrating potters include: Eck McCanless, Michael Mahan, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Charles "Doc" Tostoe, Frank Neef, Jared Zehmer and David Fernandez. Children are encouraged to attend the event with two booths designed with them in mind. In one, children have the opportunity to explore their creativity with hands-on activities. The other features donated pots that only children can purchase, priced from $1 to $5. The proceeds benefit art programs in local schools.
Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Country Pots, Cross Creek, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Dixieland, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fat Beagle, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, Jessica Dennis, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Jugtown, Keith Martindale, King's, Koepnick, Kovack, Lantern Hill, Latham's, Luck's Ware, Lufkin, McCanless, McKay, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Ol' Henry, Old Gap, Original Owens, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Thomas, Tom Gray,Triple C, Turn & Burn, Uwharrie Crystalline, Whynot, Windsong and Zehmer.
The Celebration appreciates the support of the following sponsors: Life 103.1, The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, First Bank, Wet Dog Glass, Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation, Asheboro Elastics, Starworks, Insurance Associates of the Triad, NC Zoo Society, Carolina Arts, Flowers on Main, Four Saints Brewery, Mistletoe Meadows, Village Printing, Prevo Drugs, Upton Accounting, Stan Beck Insurance, TreesNC, Bay Electric and Century Link.
More information about the Seagrove area pottery tradition and the potters who are carrying on that tradition can be found at www.DiscoverSeagrove.com. Be sure to stop by the Patron Membership table at the Celebration to get information on special events and offers available at individual shops throughout the year.