Seagrove Area Potters Association
artGuide Magazine is excited to feature the Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters this weekend, November 18-21. The Seagrove area in North Carolina features potter studios, many of which are open to the public. This yearly show exhibits many of these potters in a wonderful setting. Check it out!
Seagrove, NC is a truly unique spot in the center of North Carolina. Home to the country’s largest community of working potters in the country, the backgrounds of the ceramic artists are as varied as the work produced here. Coming from family tradition, local community college programs, internationally known ceramic educational institutions, they have all settled in Seagrove, an area long known for pottery making and the clay found in the ground. Today, this community draws people from around the world to visit, learn more, and buy one of a kind work.
Once a year a majority of the Seagrove clay artists gather under one roof to showcase their work together. The Seagrove Area Potters Association hosts the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, featuring only artists that live in and create their work in Seagrove. It is always the weekend before Thanksgiving, indoors at the historic Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove.
The event begins Friday night with a Gala from 6-9pm offering early shopping, a fully catered reception and the collaboration auction. Tickets are available on line at discoverseagrove.com. Saturday (9-5pm) and Sunday (10-4pm) the Potters Market is open for shopping. Food trucks, children’s activities, demonstrations, and more will also be offered.
One of the most unique offerings is the Friday night Gala Collaboration Auction. Many potters step outside their studios to create a work with another artist that they donate to the auction. This is something that they would not normally do, working with another artist to create something unique and collectable. Stepping outside the usual boundaries working with a different clay body, different firing processes, glazes and another artist is challenging and sometimes stressful. It makes the potters stretch their imagination, learn new tricks and do things that they wouldn’t normally do. These pieces can only be found at this auction each year and are all one of a kind.
More information is available on www.discoverseagrove.com and our FaceBook page (Celebration of Seagrove Potters).