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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

Filtering by Tag: NC Pottery Center


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towards the end of the auction with just a few more paintings left.
It's Monday and I should be "Twelving" but I just wanted to send out a ♥♥ post to everyone who painted a painting and all of those who came out in support and to bid on the paintings at the 1st Annual Potter's Palette fundraiser for the NC Pottery Center.

Fred Johnston walking a painting down the aisle.

Our auctioneers, Virgil Thomas and Mark Hewitt auctioning a beautiful painting by one of my clay cousins, Samantha Henneke.
It was truly a blast with a big crowd of enthusiastic bidders and many of the potter/painters. The paintings commanded $16,000 for the Pottery Center! Thanks to all who made it a success!

Here are Adam Landman and Ron Philbeck looking a little blurry. Could have been camera the poterazzi's camera. Maybe the beer? Maybe both? ;)
Ron and I had a great drive out to Seagrove and we talked about many things. Some of which I will share after I get some pots worked on. Until then ...
Thanks to all who made the event a resounding success.

More than Palatable: The Potter's Palette

Michael Kline

I made a trip to Seagrove, NC this past weekend. I tooled around visiting folks, talking shop, visited the Cousins, and talked a lot about the NC Pottery Center upcoming party. Everybody is talking about the attention that the upcoming Potter's Palette auction is getting in various Piedmont newspapers and how amazed they are at the canvases that are on display. After seeing them in person I agree! They're spectacular!
Here's the idea the NC Pottery Center had. Like so many non-profit art centers, the Center is in desperate need for funds to continue to operate and carry out its mission. Asking potters for yet another pottery donation and patrons to bid on them has given both parties donor fatigue. So the folks at the Pottery Center have come up with some new and a very different "spin" on fund raising. Give our fine NC potters each a 12 in. by 12 in. primed canvas and ask them to paint whatever they like. What resulted was quite a variety of expression, as varied as the actual pots these potters make.
SO this Saturday in Seagrove, at the NC Pottery Center, 90 rare and unique paintings will be auctioned off! I hope I will see you there. I will be tending bar and would be delighted to pour a glass for you! I also have my eyes on a couple of those paintings! Many of the potters who painted a canvas will be at the event.
Come meet us!
Yesterday, the Pottery Center posted a hint on their Facebook page, of what goodies one might find at the partay!
...we'll have lots of shrimp, salmon pate, tapenades, fresh made caramelized onion tarts, veggie and meat lovers stuff, and some vegan things, lots more than that-we don't want to tell all, but come on and spend some time with us. $15 gets you the wonderful buffet, lots of beverage choices and the very best part....a chance to bid on and own one of the canvases, which are sure to become one-of-a-kind collector items.

Here is a link to buy tickets for the Potter's Palette.
Can't make the auction, but would like to bid? Absentee bidding form here.

Tom Starland, of Carolina Arts Unleashed, is a huge supporter and wrote recently about the NCPC,
The NC Potter Center is a great place to visit if only to learn about pottery, the history of pottery in North Carolina, what kind of pottery is being made in North Carolina today as well as the Seagrove area, but beyond that, it presents important and education exhibitions of pottery – historical and contemporary. It is also a great educational facility for the region’s school students. And because offering all that takes money – lots of money – they need the public’s help to supplement the funding they receive from local, regional, state and national sources. Whether you take part in one of the fundraisers offered, you can always make a donation – on a visit, by mail or on their website. Anything you can do will make a difference.

You can read the Carolina Arts blog here.
I painted three canvases. Here is one.

I hope to see you Saturday!

Blue, White, and Gold

Michael Kline

Here is a pot that was fired in today's lustre firing (cone 018). I've been busy finishing up the pots for the wood kiln and didn't have time to properly photograph the ones that Stacey and I painted this morning. I'll try soon, promise! Since I had this one down at the house, I snapped this shot with the ole web cam.

My "leave a comment" contest is still on and since I'm leaving early in the a.m. to go to Seagrove and the NC Pottery Center's annual meeting, I won't be able to do the drawing with the gals until Monday. That means that any comment left here on the blog on any post(NOT ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER) between now and Sunday midnight, EST. will qualify for this weeks gift certificate.

OK, Thanks.


Michael Kline

As alluded to in my post from the other day, I made my quarterly visit to Seagrove, the "cousins", and the NC Pottery Center. As I close in on my first year as a board member at the Pottery Center Jennie Keatts and I went around the center taking pictures for the NCPC Facebook page. Jennie and I also got together to brainstorm about the Pottery Center's online mission before the BOD meeting. It's a place of great pride that we have our own pottery center in NC and the Center is always looking for ways to brag on our traditions and our future of NC potters.

one of the many picnic tables at the center. this one decorated with handmade tiles made by local school children during a special workshop at the educational building at the Center
The NCPC is located in the heart of Seagrove North Carolina, and the grounds are a favorite spot for visitors to have picnics under the beautiful old oaks. The NCPC was designed by NC architect Frank Harmon. (Mr Harmon has also designed the Iron Studio at the Penland School!) The Education Building has a great covered outdoor space that is sometimes used for workshops. I've always loved the idea of working outside during fair weather.
the "porch" at the Education Bldg.

the groundhog kiln at the Pottery Center

After my official business at the Center I went to stay for a couple of days at Bruce and Samantha's place south of Seagrove. We discussed plans for our upcoming "Cousins in Clay" sale in May, our Summer "Cousins in the Mountains" sale, and worked on some collaborations. It was a lot of fun, to say the least! I always get so much from my visits to their studio and seeing what they're working on. As I was decorating some of Samantha's yunomi, I realized that the shape that I had been making back in my shop were very similar to hers. Uh... Oh.... well I guess that's what "cousins" is all about.
Bruce and Samantha working on some of the pots I painted with their special kind of polyurethane.

closeup of Bruce hydro abrading!

After two days and a lot of talking and brainstorming, we had about ten pieces done. I have some unedited HD video that I want to share. But I am finding out that all those hours of footage take hours to edit! Where is Buddy Squires and Ken Burns when you need them! We plan on taping all the various steps from these first stages all the way to their finishing touches! [Sigh/Phew] Someday! For now you can visit Samantha and Bruce's blog to read and see more pictures of our fun together last week!

We'll announce a little sale of these pieces if they hatch from the kiln with all the splendor we are hoping for. So don't forget to check back the updates and if you don't want to take any chances, sign up for email announcements here. We'll be sure to let you know!

Slack Blogger Returns

Michael Kline

myself, Elsie and Val Cushing
Bulldog Pottery
Seagrove, NC

Out of desperation to keep the blog alive, I wanted to send out a big hello and brief update from this slacker-potter-blogger! I just got back from Seagrove where I sold some pots with my clay cousins, Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson, and Val Cushing. What a great honor it was to spend the weekend with Val and his wonderful wife Elsie! Their friends came from far and wide to say hello and spend a little time together while they were down from Alfred, NY.

I guess I feel like a slacker because I didn't take many pictures at all, and didn't do any blogging. But I did have a rich and thoroughly enjoyable time. And I swung by the NC Pottery Center on the way out of town and looked at the Buncombe Co. Pottery Show. There are some amazing pieces assembled both historical and contemporary. I'm in the midst of editing the shots I took there and will try to post them soon.

Meanwhile, I'm getting the showroom ready for the Toe River Studio Tour coming up this weekend! I'll let you in on some of the preparations and some of the pots I'll have for you in the coming days. There's also a little surprise I found on my return that I'll show you all tomorrow.
Thanks for reading and stay in touch.

On Edge

Michael Kline

Up late with a bisque kiln, so I thought I would say hello and post a few pictures. As the title of this post cleverly alludes to, it's that time of the session when things get kind of nerve wracking and I make the mental transition from throwing at the wheel to surface and glazing work.

Also speaking of edginess, here are two ways I treated some hump molded bowls (aprés Bandana Pottery) The above edge is just "thumbed" across the edge of the mold while the clay was pretty soft. The picture below shows a bowl that has been cut with a wire to get a sharper edge. Which one do you prefer? I sort of like the first example. The process, there, seemed a little Natural, while the wire cutting was awkward. I think that shows in the end. Oh well, I have to explore the possibilities with this "cover".

I made a variety of sizes just to see how proportions worked with the mold. Also this is a good way to remember how much clay I used if I want to repeat these shapes in the future. (this is a good use of the blog for those out there wondering why they should start a blog of their own. since this blog is searchable you can go back and review whenever you want.)

Lillian came up for a spin on the treadle wheel Saturday! She's doing pretty good despite the fact that the wheel head is just below her shoulders!

On Sunday it was back to the Seagrove area for the NC Pottery Center's annual membership meeting. It was a gorgeous drive and pleasantly warm.

Here's one of the highway signs you'll see as you near
the town of Seagrove.
Six exits to pottery!!

During the membership meeting I was voted onto the Board of Directors at the Pottery Center so I'll be making frequent trips there. It's a real privilege to be asked to serve on the Pottery Center Board and I'm really excited to be a part of that fantastic nexus for pottery in our state. I'll try to introduce you to some of the wonderful potters working there. If you're interested in Seagrove and it's potters check out Three Corners Clay blog. It has announcements about Seagrove area pottery.

Back home there was much to catch up on. I scrambled to finish up the wet work and these lidded jars, the first in a long while. I can't remember the last session that I made lidded jars. But I've enjoyed these in addition to the knob-and-all's that I made last week.

More kiln work is in order for the morrow, hopefully that'll get wrapped up so I can get the brushes out for to begin the leaves and birds (and who knows what else) There's always a surprise that emerges when one sits down for several days with a brush and hundreds of pots! I hope I can record some of the fun. See you then!

Pottery Bloggery Foggery

Michael Kline

A quiet gray day here at the pottery. Jack is snoozing in his box as I write this. Thank goodness he doesn't snore! (yet) Clay is thawed, mixed, and pugged. But first there were taxes to finish and still a layer of fine sawdust on everything in the shop to rid before I start to spin. Aaaaaa, what's a little fine sawdust wedged into my clay!

This morning, before I head up the hill, I'm planning a trip to Seagrove. Next week I'm meeting with my "cousins" to plan our show (June 5, 6th!!!) and was also checking out the NC Pottery Center to make sure they would be open so I could see the current show (Fire in the Valley: Catawba Valley Pottery Then and Now). I'll take my tripod and take some pictures for you when I visit.

I'm also hoping to see cousin Ron over Shelby on the way!

I also checked into Mark Hewitt's web page to see if there was anything going on over on Johnny Burke Rd. and found this.

Related to yesterday's post, Mark puts it in simple concise language, as only Mark can, "...take what you've learned and add to it."

[Want to learn how drive a truck? Well, I found this just for you.]

Let's make some pottery!

Film at 11.

Craft in America/Pottery and Ice Cream in NC

Michael Kline

The Potters of the the Roan are excited to announce that on Wednesday, October 7, at 8pm, an episode of the Peabody Award winning series, “Craft in America,” entitled “Origins,” featuring Jugtown Pottery owners Vernon and Pam Owens, and Mark Hewitt’s Pottery in Pittsboro, will be broadcast nationwide on PBS-TV. Both Pam Owens and Mark Hewitt are on the Board of the North Carolina Pottery Center!

Please join us for ice cream and fellowship at 7:30pm to support the NC Pottery Center and watch this excellent Craft in America episode at 8:00 pm. The program will show the nation the continuing importance of North Carolina’s role in shaping the ceramic heritage of America.

Donations are most welcome and go toward continuing the Pottery Center's commitment to our state's ceramic heritage. All donations of $20 or more include a NCPC membership which includes free admission to the center, quarterly newsletters, and notice of on-going pottery exhibits and events. Suggested levels of giving include: $20 for potters, $35 for individuals, and $50 for families.

There will be pottery door prizes for those donating at the $50 level courtesy of The Potters of the Roan and the Penland Potters.

If you think you will attend please RSVP by doing so in the comments!!
Thank You!

Owen/Owens Catalog

Michael Kline

Took my afternoon coffee break with this little catalog! I posted this on Facebook, but thought I would put this out there for my readers here. It's the cover of the catalog from a recent exhibit at the NC Pottery Center. Great images, great show. 30 pages, color and b/w photos, intoduction by Sally Peterson, Ph.D. and essay by Dr. Charlotte V. Brown. $8 + s/h, and well worth adding to your potter library.

The show is no longer up, but the catalog is available at NC Pottery Center bookstore. or Call them at 336-873-8430.