Ben Owen Pottery will have a Holiday/Christmas kiln openings on December 2nd & 9th (10am-5pm) featuring a great assortment of glazes and styles for you holiday gift needs. A preview will be held 9am-9:50am and the sale beginning at 10am. Chinese Red, Ash Glaze, Stardust, Dogwood White, and other glazes will be featured for this event. A Preview will be online on December 2nd after 6pm. Come visit to see the new work available and enjoy a cup of coffee and other tasty treats!
Ben Owen Pottery retail store will be closed for the month of January. Customers are welcome to make an appointment to visit during this time. Call us at 336-879-2262 or 336-953-9596. Ben will be working on commission pieces for upcoming projects. We will reopen with normal business hours of 10am-5pm on February 6th.
Ben has been invited to share his process in clay at Harvard University prior to the opening of his exhibition at Pucker Gallery.. The workshop and lecture will be held on February 1st (1pm-6pm). For more information, go to Harvard Ceramics website.
Pucker Gallery in Boston showcases Ben’s pottery in an exhibition featuring new work for 2018. Opening reception will be held on February 3rd, 2018 (3pm-6pm). Ben will give a presentation in the gallery on Sunday February 4th (2pm-4pm). For more information, go to Pucker Gallery website.
Ben Owen Pottery will be participating in the Celebration of Seagrove Potters 10th Annual Festival, in the historic Luck's Cannery in Seagrove. The event will be held Friday evening, November 17th through Sunday, November 19th, 2017. The Friday Gala will be from 6pm to 9pm and feature early buying opportunities, catered reception, live music and the collaborative auction. The Saturday show is from 9am to 6pm with demonstrations, children's hands-on activities and historical and educational talks. The Sunday show hours will be from 10am to 4pm. This is an all indoor event and promises to be a lot of fun!
More information can be found on the Celebration of Seagrove Potters website: http://www.celebrationofseagrovepotters.com/
Ben Owen Pottery will be starting the fall season with a Kiln Opening on Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th, 2017 in conjunction with the celebration of American Craft Week. We will have work in a variety of glazes for this special weekend. Our feature will be Chinese Blue, Ash, Blue Celadon, Chinese Red, and Speckled Trout. Bryan Pulliam, our studio and alchemy assistant, will feature his work this weekend with some of his popular Black & White along with some of the Polychrome glazes. Bryan is a great welcome to our team and you will enjoy getting to know him. The opening will be held 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. Sunday hours will be 12–5pm. A Preview of pottery will be on our website on October 13th after 6pm. Come enjoy some refreshments and see the pots prior to the opening 9am-9:50am on the 14th.
Our retail manager, Susan Chriscoe, will be retiring from Ben Owen Pottery this month. We will miss her and the laughs and smiles she would always have for visitors. We wish her many blessings and some much deserved rest along with more time with her family!
Seagrove has recently been given the title of #1 Town for Craft Lovers!
Ben Owen III has been invited to participate in the 13th annual Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC, September 9, 2017. The Delhom Service League has invited 50 North Carolina potters to participate in this intimate selling event. The potters will have their work displayed under a large, spacious tent with plenty of room for potter enthusiasts to move around and view the ceramics.
"The Delhom League sponsors the annual Potters Market Invitational as a fund raiser for the Mint Museum of Art ceramics collection. By guaranteeing that buyers can find high quality wares at the Potters Market Invitational the Delhom League seeks to encourage popular support of North Carolina pottery. Monies raised will be dedicated to acquisitions and projects that further the study and appreciation of historical pottery and porcelain at the Mint Museum of Art."
For more informtion visit: http://www.mintmuseum.org/delhom-service-league.html
Ben has been invited to be a guest artist for the 27th annual member and guest artist exhibition at the Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC beginning April 28th-July 24th. A special presentation by Ben will be on May 5th 6-8pm and open to the public. Come visit the gallery for a fun evening! For more info, go to the Cape Fear Studios website.
Ben Owen Pottery will have new work out of the kilns periodically during the summer. Info on the works will be posted here on our website and through social media. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch.
We have unloaded our newly re-built wood kiln this week with several pieces. The new batch of pots were part of a wood firing last week in conjunction with the Wood Fire NC conference and Seagrove Area Pre-conference. With about 15 participants involved, we conducted a wood firing that lasted about 100 hours. The results are some of the best effects so far with much variety within some of the finishes and forms. To view some of the work available from this recent firing, go to the Items for Sale Page.
For future kiln firings in the rest of the summer, we will have Chinese Blue, White, Red, Stardust, Cabernet, Cobalt, and other select glazes will be featured. To be notified, add you email address on the Contact Page for notifications. Other kiln openings and Special Events are listed for the fall and holiday season on the Events page.
The International Woodfire Conference will take place at STARworks in Star, North Carolina June 8th-11th, 2017. Ben has been invited to present during the conference along with many other well known wood firing potters in the USA and abroad. It will be a great opportunity for potters and collectors of clay to learn more about our continuing tradition of wood firing. Many exhibitions will be available to visit at STARworks NC, the NC Pottery Center and a chance to explore the talented potters in the Seagrove area. For more info and to register for the conference, go to the Wood Fire NC website.
Ben Owen Pottery will host a wood firing for a limited group of particpants June 3rd-June 6th. This pre-conference event is being held in conjunction with Wood Fire NC to be held June 8th-11th. Individuals will be able to bring pots to be loaded into the wood kiln and participate in the firing process. It is a great time of learning and fellowship during the firing. There are additional wood kilns being fired in the Seagrove area for the pre-conference and will give participants the opportunity to experience a variety of techniques. To register for our wood firing and others in the area, go to the Wood Fire NC website.
A schedule for our wood firing will be as follows:
• Firing: Saturday, June 3rd to Tuesday, June 6th
• Kiln Description: This is a 85-95 hr firing in our new Anagama kiln.
• Thursday, June 1st last day to accept pots by 3pm and sign up for shifts
• 5 pieces per person
• 12 inches or less, no plates
• 1-3 people per 6 hr shift and all participants for final side stoking shift on June 6th
• Must be cone 10 clay
• It is not required to have pots in the kiln to participate or visit during the firing
The wood kiln will be unloaded on June 11th (2-5pm) after the end of the Wood Fire NC conference.
To kick off the exciting pre-conference festivities, Ben Owen III is hosting a party at his home on Saturday evening, June 3rd. This celebration is a way for the pre-conference artists to meet and share their experiences during an exciting week dedicated to the love and beauty of ceramic woodfiring.
Ben Owen III will give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the NC Museum of History.
Gather with other museum members and supporters at the Umstead Hotel and Spa for this year’s annual meeting with lunch and our featured guest speaker Ben Owen III—the grandson of Jugtown Pottery’s first master potter. Collecting Carolina: 100 Years of Jugtown Pottery remains on exhibit in the museum’s lobby case through May 29.
$45 per person; $35 for Associates/museum members
For information, or to register, visit ncmuseumassoc.com or call 919-807-7847.
Ben Owen Pottery will be having a Kiln Opening on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd, 2017 in conjunction with the Spring Kiln Opening weekend for many of the Seagrove Area Potters. We will have new work from a variety of kilns for this special weekend. The opening will be 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. Sunday hours will be 12–5pm. A Preview of pottery will be on our website on April 21st after 6pm. The Seagrove Area Potters will be having the 9th Annual Kiln Opening all weekend. For more info and directions, go to www.DiscoverSeagrove.com
Ben will be featured in a new segment for “Pottery Live with Ben Owen III.” For a firsthand look at this hands-on art form famous in the Tar Heel state, join Ben Owen III during this live, annual event. UNC-TV’s Shannon Vickery welcomes this renowned artisan as he creates wondrous works of art while sharing the history behind this generations-old Carolina craft.