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The Celebration of Seagrove Potters kicks off the weekend with an exciting and festive Friday night Gala event and ends with a special Sunday surprise!

This is your opportunity to browse and shop the booths before the marketplace opens Saturday morning. Featuring a catered reception, live music and the popular "Seagrove Collaborative Auction" - artists from different potteries working together to make one-of-a-kind pieces, all created here in Seagrove!

The 7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is November 21st – 23rd. Seagrove potters have been working for months in preparation for this big event. This year’s Celebration features 56 Seagrove pottery shops and more than 100 authentic Seagrove artists. The Celebration, held in the historic Luck’s Cannery on N.C. Highway 705 in Seagrove, is one of the most spectacular pottery events in North Carolina. Approximately 5,000 people visit each year throughout the weekend.

The Friday Night Gala, November 21st, provides customers the opportunity to preview all the pottery available and to be first in line to purchase. Additionally, they enjoy live music and meet and greet with Seagrove potters during the catered reception. This year the menu features local restaurant, "Something Different" of Asheboro, “Bold Music” of Charlotte and festive beverages from “Four Saints Brewery” of Asheboro. Ticket information at www.CelebrationOfSeagovePotters.com. Tickets for the Gala are $45 in advance purchase here. The Gala ticket price also includes Saturday and Sunday admission to the Celebration. Event tickets can be purchased at the door for $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.

The collaborative auction is an extremely exciting aspect of the Gala. The auction offers the rare opportunity to bid on special pots created by two or more potters working together. These unique pots showcase each individual’s talent, creating one of the most diverse and exceptional groupings of highly collectable pots available. Among the collaborations are works by:
* Jennie Lorette Keatts and Pam Owens – JLK Jewelry at Jugtown and Jugtown
* Eck McCanless and Frank Neef – Eck McCanless Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef
* Eck McCanless and Will McCanless - Eck McCanless Pottery and McCanless Pottery
* Zeke McCanless and Will McCanless – Dover Pottery and McCanless Pottery
* Keith Martindale and Matthew Kelly – Keith Martindale Pottery and Matthew F. Kelly Pottery
* Eck McCanless and Frank Neef – Eck McCanless Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef
* Michael Mahan and Michele Hastings – From the Ground Up Pottery and Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown Pottery
* Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown – Michele Hastings and Jeff Brown Pottery
* Fred Johnston and Bruce Gholson – Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery and Bulldog Pottery
* Sid Luck and Stacy Lambert - Luck’s Ware and Stacy Lambert Pottery
* Chad Brown and Ryan McKay – Chad Brown Pottery and McKay Pottery
* Ben Owen and David Stuempfle – Ben Owen Pottery and David Stuempfle Pottery
* Tom Gray and Anne Partna – Tom Gray Pottery and Blue Hen Pottery
* Frank Neef and Paul Ray - Pottery by Frank Neef and Ray Pottery

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters can be followed on Facebook. Potters regularly post updates and photos of what they have been working on. Check in regularly for updates on many more works in progress and to enter fantastic contests.

The Celebration continues November 22rd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and November 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday visitors will have the opportunity to bid on special pots donated for the silent auction, which takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We have a very special surprise for our Sunday customers. The stage will be set up featuring Seagrove Potter musicians Eck McCanless of Eck McCanless Pottery and Michael Mahan of From the Ground Up Pottery providing lively entertainment from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Festive beverages will also be available.

Seagrove potters will demonstrate throughout the weekend. This year’s demonstrators include Eck McCanless, Michael Mahan, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, David Fernandez, Morgan Hatfield, Jared Zehmer, Patrick Rowe, and Matthew Kelly. Children are encouraged to attend with two booths designed with them in mind. In one, children have the opportunity to explore their creativity with hands-on activities. The other features donated pots that only children can purchase, priced from $1 to $5. The proceeds benefit art programs in local schools.

We work hard to provide the best for our customers and great food is on the top of our list. There is a large tent with ample seating and tables outside as well as an inside break room set-up if the weather is less than perfect. The food vendors include:
Taco Truck - Fresh, authentic Mexican food made to order.
Pacific Rim Noodles -Flavorful veggies and noodles.
Marco Enterprises - Traditional fair food including Philly Cheese Steak, Sausage,Peppers and Onions and juicy Hamburgers.
Boy Scout Troop 61 - Hot Dogs with all the trimmings, chips and sodas.

The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, a community that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery. Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 56 shops, are participating this year. Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel & Kate Johnston, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McCanless, McKay, McNeill's, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Southern Spirits, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, and Windsong.

7th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters
November 21 - 23, 2014
Friday Nov 21, Gala 6 - 9
Catered reception, live music, collaborative auction, 1st pick of pottery
Saturday, Nov 22, 9 - 5
Silent auction 1 - 3
Demonstrations 12 - 5
Sunday Nov, 23, 10 - 4
Demonstrations 11 – 3
Entertainment 1 - 3
Saturday & Sunday Show Admission $5
Children 12 & Under Free
Friday night Gala $45 in Advance
Gala tickets and more info available at www.CelebrationOfSeagovePotters.com

The Celebration appreciates the support of the following sponsors: Life 103.1, Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, Starworks, Wet Dog Glass, Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, First Bank, Our State Magazine, NC Zoo Society, Stan Beck Insurance, Carolina Arts, Flowers on Main, Village Printing, Carolina Pharmacy, James Upton Accounting, Randolph Hospital, Asheboro Elastics, Insurance Associates of the Triad, Toms’ Creek Nursery and Century Link.

 

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