Curry – Spring 2015

Meet Curry Wilkinson.  He’s decided to stick around.  And, that makes us happy.  He’s a super duper hard worker, naturally talented ceramicist and an exceptionally nice guy.  And (this makes me most happy), Owen and him get along like two peas.  It’s adorable.  We are thrilled to have him around and hope he stays awhile.

We’ll do a little meet & greet for our summer opening so you can get to know him a bit better.

And, without further delay, here is a small selection of the gorgeous pots that Curry made for the spring firing.  Keep an eye out for the “CW stamp.” Nice work, Curry!

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Spring Kiln Opening Preview 2015

Firing #14 was a beauty.  Lots of blues, reds, whites, salt glaze, ash glaze, and a few new glazes thrown in the mix for fun.  Joseph created a new line of sculptural fountains, both large and small.  Seeing (and listening to) them in person is the ticket.  The big pots can either be fountains or just sit in their natural beauty as sculptures.

Here is the preview video if you haven’t seen it yet.  The preview photos are just down below.  We look forward to seeing you this weekend and next (don’t forget that next weekend is Mother’s Day…so, come out this weekend to make sure you get her a present with time to spare!).

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Preview for Holiday Kiln Opening 2014

Here is the long awaited preview video and photos for the upcoming pottery sale this weekend and next.  This firing, as usual, was quite beautiful.  Lots of goodies for everyone including the usual plates, bowls, cups, mugs, platters, jars, and vases.  But, a few more seasonal items like double jars (spoon included), ornaments, earrings, and garlic dishes.  In addition, Joseph has started a new venture to offer custom fountains.  As you can see in the video, the sizes range from substantial outdoor fountains to tabletop fountains made from your favorite vase and bowl.  Contact us if this is something that you are interested in and we would be happy to talk to you more about it.

Come see us this weekend and/or next and stock up on gifts for your friends and family (and maybe sneak in a gift or two for yourself!).

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Dec 14th from Noon to 5pm

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A New Face

Kurry Wilkenson
We have a new face in the workshop.  Meet Curry.  He came to us randomly through a friend, in search of an apprenticeship.    Unfortunately, we don’t get to keep him.  We have Curry for only a brief amount of time, until we say goodbye to him in the spring, where he will be jetting off to the chill mountain air to continue learning from our dear friend, Alex.

Curry grew up in rural Chapel Hill, NC (when there was such a thing!).  Having studied psychology in college, with a smattering of pottery classes mixed in, he decided to really pursue clay full-time post-graduation.

It is always refreshing to have a new person around, to liven things up, give us someone to talk to during the work day (hey, it can be pretty quiet around here!), and to help us accomplish more in the few productive hours we have each day.  Curry’s strong work ethic is immediately apparent: no complaints about having to cut and stack wood for a few hours before lunch, pugging clay for someone else, or helping with loathsome chores around the place.  He is a super friendly guy, very talented, and a quick learner; we’re grateful to have him around for this short period of time.

Come meet Curry at our next kiln opening!

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Kiln Opening Preview – Summer 2014

This production cycle was a definite change of pace.  After a grueling month-long bathroom renovation, Joseph was anxious to get back to work.  Joining him this summer was Devin McKim, a graduate student from East Carolina University.  The university partnered with us and the NC Pottery Center to give a student an opportunity to take production pottery for a “test drive.”  Which is a really good thing.  Some may have the taste for it, whereas others….not so much.  Devin was an excellent help and a great intern and “neighbor.”  We housed him in our quaint little guest house, which is just a short walk to the studio.   Since we failed to introduce him at the beginning of the summer, here’s our brief exit interview so you can learn more about him.

The guys really hit the wheels pretty hard this go-around.  Big pots, planters, vases, jars, mugs, bud vases, plates, bowls……and several different test glazes.  So, needless to say, the shelves in the gallery are a well-stocked in an array of color.

View the Preview Video

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