Local Potters on Exhibit in Hastings Gallery

Four Moore County potters are currently exhibiting in the Hastings Gallery of Art in the Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College. The free exhibit will run through December 10.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Northern Moore Family Resource Center (NMFRC) and the college.

Helen Probst Mills, who serves on the boards of NMFRC and the Sandhills Community College Foundation, says “We are so excited about this collaborative event featuring some of the talented potters of northern Moore County in an exhibition in the southern end of the county.”

Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sandhills Community College and NMFRC Board member Rebecca Roush says, “We are hopeful that it will become an annual collaboration featuring different potters each year.”

Potters featured in this exhibition are Chris Luther and Chad Brown, descendants of a long line of Moore County potters who settled in the area in the 1780’s. Henry Chriscoe, who stamped his pots “W.H. Crisco,” was Chris’s great grandfather and Chad’s great-great grandfather. W.H. Crisco’s shop was acquired by the Smithsonian Institute in the early 1970’s to display in the American History Museum in Washington DC.

Michael Mahan, owner of From the Ground Up Pottery, is featured in the exhibition. He became interested in pottery while a journalism student at N. C. State University. He took several ceramics classes at N.C. State, but didn’t have the chance to pursue this interest until later in life, when he moved to Asheboro to work as a journalist for the Asheboro Courier Tribune. He has been a full-time potter for more than twenty years.

Husband and wife team, Stephanie Martin and Jeff Dean of Dean and Martin Pottery will round out the featured potters in the exhibition. They moved to Seagrove in 1998 after college. Jeff graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramic Design and Stephanie graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design with a concentration in ceramics. Their work features contemporary vibrantly glazed stoneware vessels, sculptures and wall pieces.

Most pieces that are part of the exhibition are for sale, with 15% of the proceeds benefitting the Northern Moore Family Resource Center.

Closing Event – A Potter’s Christmas

A closing event will be held on Saturday, December 3. “A Potter’s Christmas” will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be a ticketed event with all proceeds benefitting the programs of the NMFRC.

Featured potters will have works available for purchase and each have donated a piece for a raffle to be held that evening. Individual tickets are $20 and Patron tickets are $100. Refreshments will be provided by Wolcotts.

For tickets, please contact the NMFRC at (910) 948-4324.

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