Donated by Pam, Vernon, Travis, and Bayle Owens, Jugtown Pottery, Seagrove, NC. North Carolina’s pottery is steeped in tradition, and Jugtown, simply stated, is all about tradition, family, and community. This wonderful wood-fired, salt-glazed lidded jar with its rooster finial and Chinese Blue was made by Pam, Vernon, Travis, and Bayle. The jar made by Travis, the handles and rope by Vernon, the lid by Pam, and the Rooster by Bayle. Stamped and Signed by Pam (on lid underside), Vernon, Travis, and Bayle (on lid underside). Dated 2017. 26” H x 14.75” Dia.
Donated by Fred Johnston, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Seagrove, NC. Handmade of wild local clay and salt fired, this skillfully formed and glazed vase in what Fred refers to as his guinea hen motif, always appears to be keeping an eye on things. Signed. 19" H x 14.5" Dia
Donated by Kim Ellington, Ellington Pottery, Vale, NC. This wood fired five-gallon jar, made of local clay and with it's distinctive alkaline glaze, is a complex piece that fully reveals itself to you the more you look at it. An instant Catawba Valley classic from a Catawba Valley master craftsman. Stamped & Signed. 17" H x 13" Dia
Donated by Steven Forbes-deSoule, Weaverville, NC. One of a "Vortex" series, this Raku piece with its 'space rock' glaze does make one think of space. An out-of-this-world piece, figuratively speaking. Signed. 10" H x 11" Dia
Donated by Deborah Caliva, Wilmington, NC. An intriguing and eye-catching orb-shaped etched porcelain bottle with a stylish finial. A lovely and charming piece. Signed. 10" H x 8.5" Dia
Donated by Claudia Dunaway, Yummy Mud Puddle, Burnsville, NC. Claudia calls this fantastic piece "Primordial," and it certainly has an appealing earthy and, well, primodial look to it. It's designed to be used as a platter, but is also set up to be used as a wall-hanging. Signed. 21" Lx 9" W x 1.5" H
Get close to the heat, stoke Mark’s big kiln!
An Extreme Experience! Firing and Unloading Mark Hewitt’s Kiln…Have you ever wondered what it is like to fire a big wood-burning kiln? Well, get stoked with Mark Hewitt at either his November or April firing! You’ll stoke his big wood-burning kiln at 2400F, taking an active roll in the breathtaking baptism by fire that produces his magnificent pots. Be part of a team of wild flamers in this exercise in controlled pyromania. Get your workout and make beauty all at the same time! A great detox, you won’t just warmly glow, you’ll sweat buckets! And then collapse with refreshments and cocktails afterwards… The high bidder will also get to help unload the kiln - the most special day of all at Mark’s pottery!
Donated by Matthew Kelly, Matthew Kelly Pottery, Asheboro, NC. A well-formed, wood fired, salt-glazed gourd vase with iron slip decoration under blue glaze and ash glaze transition. The nice glaze control speaks to the skill of the potter. A piece that draws the eye back to it repeatedly. Signed. 17" H x 7.5" Dia
Donated by Mark Hewitt, W.M. Hewitt Pottery, Pittsboro, NC. Made by one of North Carolina's finest craftsmen, this monumental sized vase with its lively incised floral motif under a luminous celadon glaze is one of Mark’s largest pots (weighing over 300 lbs!). Dramatic, but lending an air of tranquility to wherever it is located. Unless you happen to have a Sumatran tiger, you don't have to worry about your cat tipping this one over. Stamped. 56" H x 24" Dia.
Donated by Ken Sedberry, Sedberry Pottery, Burnsville, NC. A charming and exquisitely crafted wood fired ram sculpture. Off-white and brown, with subtle blue-ish tones that UNC's Ramses would like. Stamped. 12" H x 15" L x 5" W
Donated by Will Dickert, Will Dickert Studios, Asheville, NC. This wood fired vase, with its rich earthy tones, has a nice dramatic ash glaze pattern. Stamped. 12" H x 7" Dia
Looking at 'Black Hole,' an inside/outside cube as Marie describes it, is like looking into the cosmos and spying an area of space that seemingly defies the laws of physics with black holes all converging on a singular point in space, and much like its namesake draws one's attention to it! One of a series of cubes by Marie, this piece has been impressed and incised and features multiple glazes to create its effect. Fired in December 2016. Stamped on base and cube. Approx. 25.5" H x 17" W x 21" D
Donated by Eric Knoche, Alexander, NC. An eye-catching stunner, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toast all come to mind when looking at this wonderful three-sided, twisted vase which was hand built, using local clay. Not marked. 30" H x 8" D
Donated by Josh Copus, Asheville, NC. If this piece looks like it has been through a fire, that's because it has! The fantastic exterior of this large wood-fired oval vase is highly tactile and, figuratively speaking, has character written all over it. Handmade, using local clay, by one of North Carolina's most enthusiastic potters. Bottom marked. 23" H x 12" W x 10" D
Donated by Bob Meier, Doe Ridge Pottery, Boone, NC. This delightful vase with its green and blue surface glaze and its sophisticated decorative carving and glaze inlay is itself reminiscent of a flower and will only accentuate any flowers you put into it. The 'bowl' of the 'flower' is the open vase portion. Signed. 21.25” H x 7.75” Dia.
Donated by Matt Jones, Matt Jones Pottery, Leicester, NC. Wood-fired and salt glazed, this large two-handled jar is a 360 degree slip-trailing masterpiece featuring some of Matt's thoughts, multiple bands of both slip and raised decoration, and a veritable slip ecosystem of its own featuring plants, flowers, bees, a dragonfly, a hummingbird, and even a frog. Stamped and Signed. 26" H x 18.5" Dia
The text on this piece reads:
Eternally fertile soil
To become lost is only natural
Nourish your soul
I find myself returning to the garden
You are blessed
Always remember this
Donated by Joseph Sand, Joseph Sand Pottery, Randleman, NC. Wood-fired and salt glazed, this medium-sized triangular vase by Joseph has a personality of its own with its great glaze runs on all three sides that seem to be reaching out, almost stretching to the bottom. Stamped. 20" H x 13" W
Donated by Bobbie Thomas, Thomas Pottery, Seagrove, NC. Stamped. What's more lovable than a playful little panda? Not much. The bonus is that this wonderfully rendered little panda won't require you to plant a grove of bamboo for food. Stamped. 8" H x 7.5" W x 6.5" D
Donated by Vicky Gill, Bluegill Pottery, Lowell, NC. Beautifully carved and incised decorations, along with soothing brown and green colors, this tea set for two evokes a sense of nature and is perfect for sharing tea and quiet conversation with a friend. Signed. 18" L x 9" W x 10" H
Rob & Beth Mangum
Donated by Rob & Beth Mangum, Mangum Pottery, Weaverville, NC. There's no pussyfooting about it, this fern kitty from is simply -purrrfect-! Signed. 18" L x 13.25" H x 3.75" W.
Donated by Terry Childress, Terry Childress Studios, Carthage, NC. Wood-fired and salt glazed, these two Buddha heads exude a sense of timelessness and quiet repose, encouraging you to join them in their tranquility. Fired in Daniel Johnston's kiln. Stamped. 8.5" H x 6" W. 6" H x 6.5" W
Donated by Michael Mahan, From the Ground Up Pottery. Suitable for display in a stand, flat, or as a wall-hanging, this impressively large, thought-provoking platter with its iron oxide stain features multiple trees emanating from a large center spiral leading one to think of the ancient Celts, wisdom and hope, the upper and lower worlds, and the eternal cycle of seasons and life. Signed. 3" H x 23.5" Dia.
Donated by David Voorhees, David Voorhees Pottery, Zirconia, NC. Simply elegant is the best way to describe this jar whose presence is larger than it's physical size. Signed. 6.5" H x 7" Dia.
Chad Brown, Chad Brown Pottery, Seagrove, NC. A substanial orb vase/jar that makes one think of a far away planet with its shades of brown and multiple bands of rings encircling it. An early piece by Chad signed with a stylized CB mark. 18" H x 19.5" Dia.
Hal Pugh, Eleanor Minnock-Pugh
Hal Pugh & Eleanor Minnock-Pugh, New Salem Pottery, Randleman, NC. A beautiful and beautifully slip-trailed flower floats upon a field of soothing green on this plate that is testament to tradition and detail. Signed & Stamped. 1.25" H x 13.25" Dia.
Donated by Ronan Peterson, Nine Toes Pottery, Chapel Hill, NC. Playful circles float upon a background of brown and white on this good-sized jar, almost like bubbles in the air. 22" H x 12.5" Dia.
Donated by Vicky Smith, Rice Branch Studio, Snow Hill, NC. A piece representing nature made of nature, clay and fire, two wood-fired birds emerging from a stand. Signed. 9" H x 12" L
Donated by Anne Partna, Blue Hen Pottery, Seagrove, NC. "Venus in Green," what more needs to said really with this exquisite piece? STARworks stoneware and oribe glaze, wood-fired and salt glazed in a Bourry-Box kiln. Signed. 20" H x 7.75" W
Ben Owen III
Donated by Ben Owen III, Ben Owen Pottery, Seagrove, NC. Evoking images of nebulas and galaxies far away, this piece sports Ben's patina green glaze which he first developed while in college at East Carolina University in the 1990s. A handsome piece, indeed! Signed. 20" H x 10.5" Dia
Ronan Peterson & Doug Dotson
Donated by Ronan Peterson (Nine Toes Pottey, Chapel Hill, NC) & Doug Dotson (Doug Dotson Pottery, Pittsboro, NC). What happens when two North Carolina potters collaborate? Fun and interesting things such as this colorful and playful bottle with its circles, lines, and dots. 9.25" H x 7.75" Dia
Donated by David Stuempfle, David Stuempfle Pottery, Seagrove, NC. Heavy with wood ash and rich earthy tones, this long-necked vase exudes a feeling of elemental nature. Stamped. 19.25" H x 9.25" Dia