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.

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Meet our intern, Devin

Devin joined us this summer as our first ever intern at the pottery.  We really enjoyed having his quick wit and strong back around.  He has been a great neighbor and is just generally a good guy.  I know that Joseph will miss his company in the workshop.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!
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Devin McKim hails from Raleigh, NC originally and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at East Carolina University, where he’s focusing on regional NC Ceramics and their evolution. Other things he’s interested in are: Blacksmithing, cast iron, aluminum and bronze, steel fabrication,  architecture, drawing, design, photography, visual culture, and sailing. Thanks for reading!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I really like drawing so I wanted to do something that would allow me to do that. At some point I really wanted to be an architect and that was something I worked towards for a while, but life had other plans for me.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?
I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. My undergrad degree is from North Carolina State University.
Was art your favorite subject as a child?
Believe it or not I was always really good at Social Studies. I enjoyed learning about the past.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would have to be working for myself. I don’t thrive under really rigid deadlines and work schedules, and I don’t like having to answer to other people. Ideally it’d be making art.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Have you seen the movie ‘Scarface’? I definitely don’t want to be there. Jokes aside, I don’t have a really clear direction, and that’s by intention. I’d like to live in Montana, but only for a few years.

Biggest inspiration?
I can’t say I have just one biggest inspiration. There have been all kinds of people who have helped me develop myself into the person that I am and it’d be unfair to say I have one biggest inspiration. That being said, I really like Bob Dylan.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Oxygen is probably at the top of the list. After that, maybe ice cream sandwiches?
You’re an adventurous eater. What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? Did you like it?
I can’t think of many things that I’ve eaten and not liked. Scrapple was interesting. I really like the bizarre meats you can get at authentic Mexican taquerias, like tongue, and cheek meat.

And the only serious question on the list: 

Did you feel like the internship was beneficial to your education? In what way? What could have been done differently to make it more successful?
I feel like this internship was very beneficial to me. Not only did I get a long term exposure to the management of a small business but I also go to participate in what I’ve described as the ‘North Carolina School’ of traditional craft, which is a legacy of potters in central NC who have descended from a somewhat common source of Michael Cardew in England. It has allowed me to see how the legacy has, and continues to, evolve. The only thing that could have made it more successful would be if the internship were longer. If the internship had gone over the course of several firing cycles I feel like it really would have caused a substantial development in my technical and theoretical limits.
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Kiln Opening Preview – Spring 2014

We have entered a new year and challenged ourselves in many ways.  Joseph successfully constructed an addition to the property: a wrap-around deck for the gallery and workshop and a fabulous ramp to help expedite the kiln loading process.  It really is beautiful and we’ve already spent a few nights sitting at dusk watching the bats whisk around eating bugs.

Here is the preview for our spring kiln opening.  As always, there are some exceptional beauties to behold.  A new test glaze, “Spring Lilac,” is sure to please the eye.  And, don’t forget….Mother’s Day is on May 11th.  So, best be shopping for that perfect gift.  What better gift is there than a piece of handmade pottery?  Nothing else will do, we say!

May 3rd – 9am to 5pm
May 4th – Noon to 5pm
May 10th – 9am to 5pm
May 11th – Noon to 5pm (Mother’s Day)

The Preview Video Can Be Found Here

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Holiday Kiln Opening Preview 2013

We are excited to share the preview for this next kiln opening.  The pots are gorgeous.  Joseph played around with the new blue glaze (to be named soon) and the results are just awesome.  He says it’s the best firing yet of the big kiln!

Please join us this next weekend and/or the following weekend for some sweet treats and even sweeter pottery pieces.

December 7th from 9am to 5pm
December 8th from Noon to 5pm

December 14th from 9am to 5pm
December 15th from Noon to 5pm

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