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Seagrove International Ceramics Conference
June 5-10, 2005
June 11-12, 2005

The most exciting pottery event of 2005 is taking in North Carolina. The Seagrove International Ceramics Conference is bringing together potters, ceramic artists, collectors, and educators from around the world.  In addition to providing demonstrations, lectures and panel discussions; there will be traditional craft exhibitions, kiln building and firings. Add to this some wonderful bluegrass music and great Southern cooking and you have an absolutely perfect week.

What better place to meet than in Seagrove, North Carolina, the heart of United States pottery tradition since before the American Revolution. What better time than 2005, the year the state of North Carolina celebrates its heritage of Craft Tradition.

This world-class experience will allow participants the unique opportunity to mingle with and learn from the best ceramics artists in the world.

Alan Caiger-Smith (United Kingdom)
Author and ceramic artist, lusterwares

Scott Barnim (Canada)
Lusterware ceramic artist

Santa Kumar Prajapati and Laxmi Kumar Prajapati, (Nepal)
From a traditional village of 800 potters

Jin Win Wei, China
Head of the Ceramics Dept., Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute

Marino Moretti, (Italy)
Contemporary majolica from a traditional family

Thancoupie, Australia
World Famous Aboriginal ceramic artist

Joe Bosco, Australia
Aboriginal ceramic artist

Esthela Dagua, Miriam Vargas, Ecuador
Hand built pottery from the rainforests

Longquan Ceramic Artists (China)
Famous for Celadon glazes

Neville Assad-Salha, Australia and Lebanon
Internationally known for his large sculptural ceramic

Noted lecturers include:
Walter Ostrom (Canada)
Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Joe Molinaro (United States)
Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Doug Casebeer (United States)
Chair of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch

Dr. Terry Zug (United States)
Retired Professor, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Louise Hamby (Australia)
Research Fellow, Australian National University

Gerry Williams (United States)
Past editor and founder of The Studio Potter magazine

There will be a lecture on the celadon tradition on Longquan.

Other scheduled activities include:
A visit the Pottery Studios and exhibitions
Seagrove and the Montgomery Community College

Dinner and Dance-Evening with the Animals,
North Carolina Zoological Park

Building and firing a large-scale sculpture

Demonstrations and exhibitions of spinning, weaving, quilting, basket making and blacksmithing.

Eight Seagrove potters will be doing demonstrations

“The potters of Piedmont North Carolina hold a unique position in the United States because they have a continual tradition of pottery making, dating back before the American Revolution. In all other areas of this country, the traditions that existed for hundreds of years died out before or during World War II.”

1st annual Seagrove Pottery Festival Booklet
November 21, 1982

There is nowhere else in America where a Sunday drive down country backroads includes tantilizing glimpses of kiln stacks in the woods. The simple signs nailed to trees at the end of long, dirt driveways reflect the two hundred year history of Seagrove. Cole, Owen, Teague, Craven, Graves, and Craig to name but a few.

The tradition is being carried on by the current generation. There are more than 100 working potters, old and new in Seagrove. Most sell their work directly to the public from their studios. On any afternoon you can step into their world and experience the thrill of watching clay being turned and burned into a vessel.

It is also the home of the North Carolina Pottery Center which promotes public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making.

Conference cost: $375.00
Includes four lunches and six dinners
Students: $275.00
Includes four lunches and six dinners

A $100 deposit will insure your place

For Additional information Please Contact:
Randolph Arts Guild
123 Sunset Avenue
P.O. Box 1033
Asheboro, NC 27204-1033
office: (+1) 336 629-0399
fax: (+1) 336 629-2892