11th annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational set for Saturday, September 12
Once again, collectors and pottery lovers will have access to the latest works by leaders in the rich tradition of North Carolina pottery when potters from across North Carolina and surrounding areas return to Mint Museum Randolph for the 11th annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
Fifty outstanding North Carolina potters and one South Carolina potter have been invited to participate in this year’s event presented by the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum, promoting ceramic arts and education. The addition of Jim Connell, professor of ceramics at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., to the lineup of potters broadens the regional focus while keeping the spotlight squarely on North Carolina pottery traditions. Other well-known participating potters include Donna Craven, Alex Matisse, Ben Owen III, and Eric Serritella. Every year, hundreds of pottery enthusiasts line up hours in advance of the opening to gain access to the day’s best treasures.
The potters will showcase and sell their creations including functional, decorative, and sculptural works – a veritable tour of the wide range of clay creations produced in North Carolina. Attendees have the opportunity to get to know the potters as well as their works. Additionally, there will be live pottery making demonstrations, talks about collecting ceramics and gardening in a pot, live music, and food to make for a fun-filled day.
“There is no other experience like the Potters Market Invitational!” said Janet Nelson, chair of this year’s event. “The 2015 PMI provides a feast for all the senses: wondrous objects to see and buy, music playing, stimulating lectures and demonstrations, cool conversations with the potters, and great food and drink. Come join us this year and enjoy a magical day in Charlotte under the big tent at Mint Museum Randolph!”
The Delhom Service League is proud to honor collectors this year by naming Caroline Gray and Betty Holland as Honorary Chairs of the Potters Market Invitational. Longtime members of the Delhom Service League and avid collectors of North Carolina pottery, both Gray and Holland traveled extensively to see and learn the tradition of North Carolina pottery, making many potter friends along the way. As a way to share the excitement and tradition, they originated the idea for the first Potters Market for the Mint in 2005. Since that time, this important annual happening has grown, generating awareness and appreciation of pottery in our state.
The $10 admission fee includes access to the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as free admission to the Mint’s galleries. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Individual sponsorships of $100 include special parking, continental breakfast, and admission to the pre-sale at 9:15 a.m. For $150, sponsors can also attend the Meet the Potters Party on Friday, September 11 from 6:30-9 p.m. Sponsors will enjoy dinner, music, and an opportunity to mingle with the potters and other pottery enthusiasts. Funds raised by Potters Market help support ceramic acquisitions and ceramic education at the Mint.
As a special benefit for all attendees of Potters Market Invitational, attendees will also receive coupons valid for free special exhibition admission to America the Beautiful: Works on Paper from The Mint Museum at Mint Museum Uptown on September 12 and 13.
Potters Market Invitational online admission begins August 1 at mintmuseum.org/happenings . Admission is also available at the door. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or for sponsor information, call 704.366.2504. Find Potters Market Invitational on Facebook.
On view for pottery enthusiasts at Mint Museum Randolph is North Carolina Pottery: Then and Now , an ongoing exhibition drawn from the best examples of N.C. pottery in the museum’s extensive collection. And, during PMI, installation will be underway for the Mint’s first new exhibition of historic British ceramics in nearly four decades. Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825 will open at Mint Museum Randolph on November 21 and will be accompanied by a major scholarly publication which was generously funded by the Delhom Service League. Additionally, the Mint is at work installing a new comprehensive survey of contemporary British ceramics drawn from the collection of Diane and Marc Grainer, members of the Mint’s Founders’ Circle affiliate. See more information at mintmuseum.org/art .