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The Ceramicists of Seagrove, NC
Start Date: 2/6/2014Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 2/6/2014End Time: 4:00 PM
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Event Description:

The ETSU Department of Art & Design and the Slocumb Galleries present “Ceramicists of Seagrove, NC” from January 13 to February 7, 2014. The exhibition features artists from ten of the most prominent ceramic studios from the Seagrove area is curated by contemporary art historian Dr. Scott Contreras-Koterbay. The reception with gallery talk is scheduled on January 30, Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, Dr. Contreras-Koterbay shall discuss some of the works in the exhibition as well as the significance of Seagrove as a ceramicists haven during ArtIfact on January 16, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Slocumb Galleries.

The history of art production in the area can be traced since the late 1700s when craftsmen have migrated and started making pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina. Dr. Contreras-Koterbay stated, “around 1920, however, what had been a local industry started to become a tourist attraction.” Seagrove has continued to flourish not only as the ‘Pottery Capital of North Carolina’ but also as one of the longest established ceramic community in the country. He added, “centered around the Original Owens Pottery, which was founded in 1895, and Jugtown Pottery, since 1921, it has become one of the most productive and famous ceramic arts centers in the world.” The curatorial intent touches on the traditions of the past but also highlight “younger artists who have moved to the area, some from as far as Japan, and offers a survey of breadth and depth of the quality work produced in the Seagrove area.”

The participating artists and studios are: Ben Owen, Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke from Bulldog Pottery, Daniel Johnston, Jeff Dean and Stephanie Martin of Dean and Martin Pottery, Carol Gentithes and Fred Johnston of Johnston and Gentithes Studios, the Owens of Jugtown Pottery: Bayle, Travis, Pamela and Vernon Owens, Hitomi Akebi Shibata and Takuro Shibata of Studio Touya, Tom Gray, Mark and Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery and Sid Luck.

The Ceramicists of Seagrove, NC is an exciting exhibition of ceramic work in the region celebrating the vessel and the mastery of pottery in one of the most vibrant ceramic artists’ community in the country whose respect for tradition is equally significant with its exploration of contemporary forms in clay.
The Slocumb Galleries’ events are all open to the public free of charge, from Mondays thru Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 6 p.m., receptions and ArtIfact lectures. Located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, along Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus. For more information, contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via email or call (423) 483-3179. Parking and handicapped access are available. For more information, please visit the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Museum and Galleries or style="font-family: times new roman;">
Location Information:
ETSU Main Campus - Ball Hall
Room: Slocumb Galleries
Contact Information:
Name: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay
Phone: 423.483.3179
Untitled by Fred Johnston
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