So, having been following the saga of the NC legislature pulling funding for the NC Pottery Center, threatening it’s very existence, Meagan brings my attention to the story that Arrowmont is also being threatened with having their land sold to developers for likely another golf/condo/resort complex.
Has the world gone mad??
It’s stunning how short-sighted some people can be in pursuit of a few bucks, neglecting or outright selling our cultural resources and heritage. What kind of world are we leaving to the next generation, devoid of art and beauty?
I’m just hoping this trend of bad news doesn’t come in threes this time.
There’s been a lot circulating in the blogospere recently about the financial plight of the North Carolina Pottery Center. If by chance you’re not up to speed on the situation, their plea for support can be found here.
In addition to preserving and exhibiting the history of North Carolina pottery, and holding exhibitions, classes and workshops, they are also responsible for giving me my first real taste of how wonderful and creative this art form can be.
There are many ways you can help.
Mark Hewitt is raffling off a salt-glazed jar on August 31 for $20 a ticket here.
AKAR Design is putting 100% of the profit from the sale of pieces marked with the NCPC logo toward the fundraising effort.
Or you can donate directly to the NCPC, or become a member here.
So how did I get started in all this?
When I was a kid, my mom took some ceramics classes at the local college and it just always looked like fun. The idea that you could make something out of mud and bake it and turn it into ceramic was just cool! I was too young to take a class, but she found a lady across the street from my piano teacher that made slipcast pieces you could paint and glaze and she would fire. I must have made a hundred various things.
Fast forward 25 years. I’ve been transplanted to North Carolina. My wife and I are visiting the NC Zoo in Asheboro, and exploring our new state, when we discover Seagrove, NC and the North Carolina Pottery Center. After looking at the exhibits in the main building, we went out to the education building where Linda Russell was giving a demo. We were the only ones there, and after about the 10th question I asked, she cleaned off her wheel, got up and said ‘Sit down. The only way to know it is to do it.’ I still have that small, squat pot I threw that day. I was hooked.
Months later, I discovered Raleigh Parks department’s Art program, and that I’d been driving past the Pullen Arts Center twice a day on my commute. I’ve been taking classes and using the studios ever since.