Dear friends and family, Several years after moving to Seagrove in 1990, I joined up with other potters in hosting area wide kiln openings, which morphed into the Annual Celebration of Spring. This year's event will be held on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th. My good friend, Lanny Pelletier, will be joining Jane and me in our studio at 1480 Fork Creek Mill Road. Additionally, Carolina Bronze will be celebrating the 5th Annual International Sculpture Day on Saturday the 27th at their new space in the historic Luck's Cannery on Hwy 705. A beer truck and food truck will be onsite.For more info about the participating potters in this year's event please visit https://discoverseagrove.com/celebration-of-spring/We will be open rain or shine, 10:00 – 5:00 both days. Come join us for light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you. Tom and JanePS: Any reply should be made to email@example.com
Teapots, to me, take a particular type of focus; all the stars and moons have to be in the right alignment :-)I haven’t made many teapots since the 90’s but think the time has come to give them another shot.The pics above are from teapots I made around ‘94-’98.
I spent New Year’s Eve firing Little Bertha and January 2nd unloading all the fired pots. This was the 5th time I fired the kiln and it was by far the best. It still has some bugs, but then every new kiln takes time to figure out. I’m looking forward to the quicker turnarounds this smaller kiln offers. BTW, all the little cups are either test glazes or old glazes I have yet to document. It was a very successful firing overall, and the tests provided new insight.
#1- Our driveway after yet another rain. It’s getting tiresome, all the rain, but it is better than drought.#2- Big Bertha kiln firing #9 for 2018.#3- The glow at the completion of firing #9. Close to 2300 F inside the kiln. Nice and warm in the kiln shed :-)#4- Coffee in the AM with a new mamo glazed mug. This is #whyimakepots———————————————————————————Don’t forget! This weekend is a special time in Seagrove! All of us will be open and/or participating in the Celebration of Seagrove Potters at the old Luck’s Bean Plant on Hwy. 705 or the Seagrove Pottery Festival behind Seagrove Elementary School on Old Plank Rd.Come and see us!
Dear family and friends,This has been a busy year, having built a new smaller kiln, and having conducted lots of glaze and clay experiments, the latter exclusively with NC minimally processed clays. The smaller kiln was built in hopes of having quicker turnaround times between making and firing, but the closer we got to the holidays, and the more pots stacked up in need of glazing and firing, the more I have relied on Big Bertha, my old car kiln. As I write this I'm gearing up to fire Big Bertha again this week, and possibly a smaller load in Little Bertha next week. Whew!In the event you can't make it here, we are also in the following NC galleries - Seagrove Pottery in Cary, Baxter's in New Bern, and Pea Island Art in Salvo.In addition to keeping my shop open Mon-Sat throughout the holiday season, TGP will also be in the following events:The Southern Christmas Show (thanks to Dan Triece of Dirtworks Pottery), November 8 - 18, at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte, NC.From November 17 through January 5, I will have pots in the Holiday Gift Invitational, Christmas at Captain White's, at the Alamance Arts Council, Graham, NC.From November 24 through January 4, my work will be in the first Holiday Invitational at the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, NC.Saturday, November 17, I will be participating in my annual trunk show in Wilmington, NC. This is a private event so please send me an for an invite if interested. That's all for now. I have to get back to glazing pots and loading kilns! We hope to see you all soon! Tom and Jane
Here is what is going on with Tom Gray Pottery between now and New Years:Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC - Holiday Gift Invitational - November 7 through January 5.Southern Christmas Show - The Park Expo and Conference Center- Charlotte, NC - November 8 - 18. My work will be with Dirtworks Pottery, in booth #6.Center for Visual Arts - Greensboro, NC - November 24 - January 4 - Holiday Invitational.Celebration of Seagrove Potters - weekend of November 17 - 18 - my shop will be open Saturday and Sunday, although we will not be participating in the Celebration at the Luck’s bean plant. We will also be at an annual, invitation only trunk show in Wilmington, NC on Saturday the 17th. Please email for more info and an invitation.