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Yearlong art students visit Seagrove, NC potteries
Yearlong Art students traveled to Seagrove, NC – the oldest continuous pottery community in the US- as part of their ‘Voices in the Clay’ cultural arts study project. The NC Pottery Center was the first stop on the trip where students saw an overview of area potter’s work and exhibits outlining the history of NC pottery. Students visited Turn & Burn Pottery, which specialized in horse-hair pottery; Uwharrie Crystalline Pottery, which grew crystals in pottery glazes; and Pottery Road Studio & Gallery, the home of Walton Pottery. Phil Morgan, well-known NC potter gave students a tour of his hand-built kiln and explained methods of kiln construction and salt-firing. Students also toured the wood burning kilns at Ben Owen Pottery. Pottery Junction potters demonstrated an outdoor raku firing for students, explaining how raku clays, glazes, and firings differ from standard clays and firing processes. The students came away from their travels with new inspirations for their upcoming ceramic projects.
Written by: Margaret James
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 by Karen Barbee