From my friends, the Trogdons. Not sure where I would be today without them.
Ferns from beside the driveway, tiger lilys from the roadside, and vase in TuSk from my studio.
Since 1976 I have owned 5 potter's wheels. This is my latest, a Shimpo VL Whisper. NO NOISE :-)
The Celebration of Spring in Seagrove was this past weekend. We had a great turnout! The images above were taken Friday night on the fly as we set up, and obviously, as we relaxed while setting up. If you would like to know what is going on ahead of time at Tom Gray Pottery, please follow my Facebook page or sign up for my Occasional Newsletter.
The older I become, the more I relish every season, especially Spring and Fall. This Spring appears to have accelerated; the crepe myrtles in our yard, usually budding in June, have already started showing off. Cardinals are building a nest right in front of one of our living room windows and the first lightning bugs appeared about 3 weeks ago.
Which brings me to: The Spring Kiln Opening, now known as the Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, is Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, from 10-5. We have invited my old college and surfing buddy Lanny Pelletier to join us, as well as Black Ankle's only potter, J. Britt Gardner. Most every pottery in Seagrove will have something special going on this weekend, and it will be a great time to visit the Pottery Capital of the United States.
On May 6 and 7, I will be attending the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival. This will be my 2nd year participating in this show and I will be in Booth#37, the same space as last year. If you live near Sanford, NC, it will be a great day trip for art, wine, good food, and good times. NO ADMISSION FEES! Also, there is a pretty good pizza joint in downtown Sanford, La Dolce Vita :-)
I have given handmadeinseagrove.com a facelift and continually post new images on my blog, add favorite recipes, and update the gallery page. You can also preview my new glaze pattern, TUSK, an updated version of the work I was making in Littleton in the late 80's.
If you prefer, you can see what is coming out of the kiln on facebook.com/tomgraypottery.
That's all for now. We hope to see you soon!
Tom Gray and Jane Muse
Every kitchen needs a clean, simple, and tasteful vase for flowers.
This why I make pots.
I am not sure what to call this -- this spare, minimalist look, but I like it.
My first bisque load this year, and teapots, one of which is headed to the Cedar Creek Invitational Teapot Show X. This is the 10th. Teapot Show they have held over the last 26 years, and is also part of Cedar Creek's 50th. anniversary. In the late 70's and early 80's I visited there often, as they had a great selection of work from US potters to inspire me. In 1980 the brother of an old friend began working there as well, Brad Tucker. Brad is one of the most gracious people I've ever known, and one of my all-time favorite potters.
I love when my customers share their pottery collections with me! This is a photo of an older glaze pattern I used for a while, temmoku and Reeve's green. We have some pieces in the house, like these, we use often.
We get so wrapped up in what we're doing here at home and in our studios, we sometimes don't take the time to see what else is going on around us. With a regional sculpture conference last year, and an international wood fire conference in the coming months, there is far more going on in and around Seagrove than ever before. Today we stopped in at Starworks to see an upcoming exhibit of works by Ibrahim Said, a ceramic artist in Greensboro. These are some impressive pots! When the show opens check out the School House Gallery while you're there.
I have been invited to display and sell my pots at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show! My friend Dan Triece of Dirtworks Pottery here in Seagrove, has asked me to join him along with a few other friends. Dan is in space # S1 this year, right smack dab in the entrance of the show! The show dates are February 24 - 26 and March 3 - 5, held at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Rd. Charlotte, NC.