From Mountains to Seagrove
For more than two centuries, the pottery capital of the Southeast has been located in Seagrove, N.C. The area is famous for both keeping alive the old traditions and pushing the boundaries of the ceramic arts.
Now, for the first time in its history, the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove will host an exhibit featuring the works of high school potters in our state.
The exhibit, titled “N.C. Student Ceramics Exhibit I: High School,” will be on display at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove from May 11 through July 28.
The center will host an opening reception for the exhibit May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free, and the public is invited.
Of the nearly 1,000 works submitted for the exhibit, jurors selected 130 of the best pieces for the show. Of those 130 pieces in the show, 10 were created by student artists from Watauga High School.
WHS students who will have pieces in the exhibit are current seniors Liam Knight and Stephanie Nance and 2011 graduate Keiver Hunter.
For the official postcard created by the N.C. Pottery Center to promote the exhibit and reception, Liam Knight’s “Puzzle Mug” and Kiever Hunter’s “Galaxy Teapot” are prominently featured.
Other North Carolina high schools participating in the inaugural Seagrove student exhibit include Carolina Friends School in Durham, East Chapel Hill High, Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, Freedom High in Morganton, Green Hope in Cary, Greensboro Day School, Greensboro Middle College, Lee County High, Middle Creek High in Apex, Military and Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte, Mitchell High, Pamlico County High, Robert L. Patton High in Morganton, Smoky Mountain High in Sylva, Stone Circle Academy in Greenville, the Oakwood School in Greenville, Union Pines High in Cameron, West Johnston High in Benson, and William A. Hough High in Cornelius.
The new exhibit is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts.