May
3
to Jun 2

Ben Owen III & Jessie MacKay exhibition at Arts Council of Moore County

Ben Owen III and painter, Jessie MacKay have been invited to be guest artists for an exhibition at the Arts Council of Moore County Southern Pines, NC beginning May 3rd-May 31st.     A special reception will be held on May 3rd 6-8pm and open to the public.  Come visit the gallery for a fun evening!  For more info, go to the Campbell House Gallery of the ACMC website. Campbell House Galleries located at, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines, NC.

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Jun
1
to Jun 2

Seagrove Wood Fire Studio Tour

Ben Owen Pottery will be part of the inaugural Seagrove Wood Fire Studio Tour and Sale held June 1st & 2nd, 2019. Hours will be Saturday (9am-5pm) and Sunday (12pm-5pm). New work will be available in a variety of glazes featured for this special studio tour and sale. Come see a wonderful group of potters who have joined together to create a great experience visiting each studio. Enjoy seeing pottery with an emphasis in wood firing. For more info, go to the Seagrove Wood Fire website and the Studio Tour card below. Mark your calendar!

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Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Kiln Opening 2019

Ben Owen Pottery will be starting the fall season with a Kiln Opening on Saturday October 4th, 2019 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 our Micro-Crystal glazes, Pomegranate, Chinese Blue, and Chinese Red.  The opening will be held 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. A Preview of pottery will be on our website on October 5th after 6pm.  Come enjoy some refreshments and see the pots prior to the opening 9am-9:50am on the 6th.  Ben will be demonstrating on the potters wheel in the afternoon.

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Nov
22
to Nov 24

Celebration of Seagrove Potters - 2019

Ben Owen Pottery will be participating in the Celebration of Seagrove Potters 12th Annual Festival, in the historic Luck's Cannery in Seagrove.  The event will be held Friday evening, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th, 2019.  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/

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Dec
7
to Dec 21

Holiday/Christmas Kiln Opening 2019

Ben Owen Pottery will have a Holiday/Christmas kiln openings on December 7th, 14th, & 21st (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 November 30th after 6pm. Come visit to see the new work available and enjoy a cup of coffee and other tasty treats!

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Bottle in Patina Green-Wood Fired Stoneware

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May
19
2:00 PM14:00

A Down Home Picnic at Ben Owen Pottery and Residence

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Come join us for a great afternoon in the studio and our home next door for some great food and fellowship. Come visit and learn more about the North Carolina Pottery Center. They offer many educational programs in clay for the Piedmont and surrounding areas. Would love to see you!

Ben & LoriAnn Owen.

Everyone knows Ben and what his family tradition means to NC Pottery. Join Ben Owen III & his wonderful wife LoriAnn as they open their home and shop for a down-home, fun-filled afternoon of great food (beer/wine 21+) and camaraderie. See Ben’s gallery & workshop, their family museum, and new state of the art laser engraver, as well as a demo by Ben and activities for kids or kids at heart. There’ll even be four door prizes, including pieces by Ben and his grandfather.

Only 150 tickets are available for this event. They’ll go fast, so get yours soon. Tickets: $125 per adult. Kids under 18 with Paying adult: $25.

You may purchase tickets online by clicking here on the NC Pottery Center Website, by calling the center at 336-873-8430, or sending a check to North Carolina Pottery Center, PO Box 531, Seagrove, NC 27341.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

Spring Kiln Opening at Ben Owen Pottery 2019

Ben Owen Pottery will be having a Kiln Opening on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th, 2019 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

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Ben Owen III on UNC-TV March 11, 2019
Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Owen III on UNC-TV March 11, 2019

Ben will be featured in a new segment for “Pottery Live with Ben Owen III.” For a firsthand look at this art form famous in the Tar Heel state, join Ben Owen III during this live 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. For more information, go to UNC-TV Website.

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gallery at Grandover Resort (Grand Opening)

Ben is featured in a new gallery at The Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. A selection of work will be represented along with many other artists of the region. A reception will be held on March 7th (6pm-8pm). Come visit the show, some wine tasting and food, and live music. Will be a great evening! For more information, go to The Grandover Resort website.

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Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Valentines Kiln Opening

Ben Owen Pottery will have a new kiln opening of Chinese Red along with some other new colors to be featured for that special Valentine gift.  Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Ben will demonstrate on the wheel during part of the day.

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Christmas/ Holiday Retail Schedule
Dec
23
to Dec 31

Christmas/ Holiday Retail Schedule

Ben Owen Pottery will be closed December 23rd-December 31st for Christmas and Holiday Break. Our retail store will be closed January. We do take appointments for visits in January if you can email us at info@benowenpottery.com or call 336-879-2262 to set up a time.

Ben will be working on commissions during the month of January. Normal business hours will resume February 1st (Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm).

If you are interested in any of the work we have posted on the items for sale page, we can let you know the availability and can ship to you if needed.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! Thank you for your support during 2018! It has been a fabulous year!

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Nov
16
to Nov 18

Celebration of Seagrove Potters - 2018

Ben Owen Pottery will be participating in the Celebration of Seagrove Potters 11th Annual Festival, in the historic Luck's Cannery in Seagrove.  The event will be held Friday evening, November 16th through Sunday, November 18th, 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/

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Kiln Opening

Ben Owen Pottery will be starting the fall season with a Kiln Opening on Saturday October 6th, 2018 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 our new Micro-Crystal glazes, Pomegranate, Chinese Blue, and Chinese Red.  The opening will be held 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. A Preview of pottery will be on our website on October 5th after 6pm.  Come enjoy some refreshments and see the pots prior to the opening 9am-9:50am on the 6th.  Ben will be demonstrating on the potters wheel in the afternoon.

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

14th Annual Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum of Art

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Ben Owen III has been invited to participate in the 14th annual Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC, September 8, 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

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Apr
28
to Jul 22

"Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay" at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

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Ben Owen III will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum titled  “Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay”.   Guest curated by North Carolina potter, Herb Cohen. North Carolina has long been recognized for its skilled potters and iron-rich red clay. Potters throughout the state would pull their material directly from the earth and use this clay to form jugs, jars, bowls, platters, and vases, all by hand. Then and now, these utilitarian vessels exist with a sense of humanity, history, and purpose unique to the craft-enriched past of the south. These traditions have both persisted and expanded in potteries and clay studios across the state.

“Handcrafted” presents ceramic vessels and sculpture made by over 40 contemporary North Carolina potters and artists. The works are functional and decorative with a broad range of scales, techniques, concepts, and forms. Together, this exhibition takes a look at the diversity of contemporary ceramics in our state, as well as the stories and relationships these artists have with their work and one another.

Exhibiting artists include Steve Abee, Michel Bayne, Glenn Bolick, Lula Owens Bolick, Cynthia Bringle, Lisa Clague, Herb Cohen, Josh Copus, Cristina Córdova, Donna Craven, Adrienne Dellinger, Susan Filley, Carol Gentithes, Terry Gess, Mark Hewitt, Lynn Jenkins, Nick Joerling, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Kate Johnston, Matt Jones, Eric Knoche, Stacy Lambert, Leah Leitson, Jeannine Marchand, Bob Meier, Ben Owen III, Bayle Owens, Pamela Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Jane Peiser, Akira Satake, Pat Scull, Ken Sedberry, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Eric Serritella, Liz Summerfield, Charlie Tefft, Kathy Triplett, and Julie Wiggins.
 

Special thanks to Herb Cohen, Lee Rocamora, Carol Gorelick, Bill Little, Clayworks, Inc., Cynthia Bringle Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, and Penland School of Crafts.

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Spring Kiln Opening at Ben Owen Pottery

Ben Owen Pottery will be having a Kiln Opening on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd, 2018 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 20th after 6pm. The Seagrove Area Potters will be having the 10th Annual Kiln Opening all weekend. For more info and directions, go to Seagrove Spring Kiln Opening

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Winter Hours for Ben Owen Pottery
Dec
31
to Feb 5

Winter Hours for Ben Owen Pottery

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.

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Dec
2
to Dec 16

Holiday/Christmas Kiln Opening

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 1st after 6pm.  Come visit to see the new work available and enjoy a cup of coffee and other tasty treats!
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Bottle in Patina Green-Wood Fired Stoneware

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Kiln Opening

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!  

Tang Style Vase in Chinese Blue-Red 12" tall.

Tang Style Vase in Chinese Blue-Red 12" tall.

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

13th Annual Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum of Art

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

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Cape Fear Studios exhibition- Ben Owen III
Jun
18
to Jul 24

Cape Fear Studios exhibition- Ben Owen III

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.

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Wood Fire Unloading and Summer Schedule at Ben Owen Pottery
Jun
16
to Aug 26

Wood Fire Unloading and Summer Schedule at Ben Owen Pottery

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.

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Wood Fire NC Conference
Jun
8
to Jun 11

Wood Fire NC Conference

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.

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Seagrove Wood Fire Pre-Conference
May
31
to Jun 6

Seagrove Wood Fire Pre-Conference

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

(3pm-9pm).

• 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.

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NC Museum of History Presentation by Ben Owen III
May
10
11:30 AM11:30

NC Museum of History Presentation by Ben Owen III

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.

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Apr
22
to Apr 23

Spring Kiln Opening at Ben Owen Pottery

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

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