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Potters Four: Blaine Avery, Doug Dotson, Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke

Through Sunday, 9 August 2015 / **Show EXTENDED through Sunday, August 16th**

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Left to Right: Doug Dotson, Blaine Avery, Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson

The Ackland Museum Store is proud to present Potters Four. The fourth annual pottery show to be held at the Museum Store will feature the work of four exemplary North Carolina potters, including Blaine Avery, Doug Dotson, Bruce Gholson, and Samantha Henneke. Demonstrating beauty and function through form, texture, pattern, and glaze, the potters in this show bring their own sensibilities and techniques, carrying on the strong vernacular tradition of pottery for which North Carolina is known.

Blaine Avery has been a studio potter for nearly twenty-five years. He apprenticed with Sid Oakley of Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC and has studied glaze formulation at the Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Blaine’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and has been featured in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in the Southeastern United States. Blaine lives and works in Seagrove, NC.

Doug Dotson began making functional pottery in 1991. He studied pottery at the Penland School of Crafts which inspired him to teach pottery classes and begin construction of his own studio. In 1999 Doug received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council to build a kiln designed for soda firing, completing his studio in Chatham County, where he lives with his wife Maura and two sons.

Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke, the husband and wife team of Bulldog Pottery, are both graduates of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Bruce and Samantha’s award-winning work has been widely published, including several of the “500” Series published by Lark Books. Their work is in many permanent collections including those of the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, the Mint Museum, and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Bruce and Samantha live and work in Seagrove, NC.

For more information, please contact the Ackland Museum Store at 919.962.0216.

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Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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