The first part of the Celebration of Spring in Seagrove is done! The firing at the NC Pottery Center was Saturday. Samantha has a great documentary of the day on her blog http://bulldogpottery.blogspot.com/ if any of you haven't read it. Sam has been our "official photographer" for this and also she does all the postings for our events.
Takuro and Hitomi deserve a huge thank you! They helped me understand what I needed to do to organize the firing and create the firing schedule. Hitomi has fired the kiln more than anyone and understands it best. She was a team leader with Chad on loading the kiln and she and Takuro were the leaders for the final shift.
Morning crew lead by Fred Johnston with Scott Thomas, Susan and Tim Greene and Eck McCanless. they started about 4:30am! Susan and I are Co-Chairs for Publicity and marketing. She worked closely with the printer and our flyer was mailed out to almost 13,000 people. If you didn't receive one and want to be on our mailing list go to www.CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters.com and sign up.
Ben Owen III stopped by mid-afternoon at a point where there was a lot of uneven heating going on. So he went to work helping out until we could get Takuro and Hitomi back.
Takuro, Chad, David, Michael, Alexa and part of Susan
At 6:30 we had a pot luck dinner (Bonnie Burns chief organizer). I don't know why I didn't get photos of all the great food. We had all kinds of things from venison to spinach salad! And a great turn out of potters and friends in the community. A week from today pots will be unloaded, the kiln cleaned and everyone that had pieces in the firing will select a pot to donate to the NCPC annual auction on the 18th. Plan to visit Seagrove then.
Pick up a map and the listing of kiln openings and special events (or print it from our web page). After a day of shopping with the potters you cn return to the NCPC for the auction at 5pm. Don't forget though, the silent auction will run from 2-4pm so a stop in there to bid should be in thep lans as well!