Mint Museum brings Inspiration and Scholarship to the Community this October

Pottery symposium, inspiring art classes, and much more!

Nationally noted critic Garth Clark will visit Mint Museum Randolph for a day-long symposium, Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future, on Tuesday October 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Clark, a prolific writer and advocate of ceramics, brings North Carolina and its potters a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with one of the field’s brightest thinkers.

The symposium is organized by the Delhom Service League, an affiliate group of The Mint Museum devoted to the support and study of ceramics. Admission is $25 or $20 for Mint members and includes lunch.

Clark, considered one of the nation’s leading critics, is South African by birth and has lived in the U.S. since the 1970s. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, and the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards. His book Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics was recently published by Yale University Press.

The symposium featuring Clark is just one of the October highlights at the Mint, which offers a range of free and affordable events to bring inspiration and scholarship to the larger community.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Mint Museum plans to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by offering free admission to anyone who is a breast cancer survivor. Visitors to either Mint location may simply notify the Guest Services Desk of their status at the time of their visit (no documentation is required).We honor those who have fought and are fighting breast cancer. The Mint Museum is committed to its role in sustaining a healthy community in Charlotte and beyond.

Inspiring art classes for children, adults, and teens

The Mint’s lineup of fall art classes begins in October, and there is still room in the classes beginning as soon as October 2, so please be sure to peruse the full listings at A sampling of upcoming offerings:

Take inspiration from the long light filtered through the trees as autumn arrives in the Carolinas. Make plein air studies from observation and then develop the study of your choice into a finished work. Materials provided. Tuition is $125; members save $15.

TEEN CLASS: MUD WORK | Oct. 6, 20 (four Saturdays), 10 a.m. | UPTOWN
Be inspired by ceramic sculpture in the permanent collection, and then make your own sculptural forms using a combination of pinch, slab, coil, and wheel techniques. Classes continue Nov. 3 & 17. Ages 10-15. Tuition is $160; members save $20.

SPECIAL EDITION CLASSES FOR TEENS | Oct. 6 (three first Saturdays), 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. | UPTOWN
Journeyman classes, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., are based on working from observation and explore a wide range of materials and techniques. Ages 13-15. Intermediate level. Personal Voice, 2-5 p.m., focuses on developing concepts and defining intent, emphasizing two-dimensional media. Ages 14-18. Intermediate and advanced level. Classes continue Nov. 3 & Dec. 1. Tuition is $125; members save $25.

ADULT CLASS: POLITICAL PUNDITS | Oct. 10, 13, 17, 10 a.m. | UPTOWN
Work with metal smith Allie Farlowe in this three-part metal fabrication class to create brooches that carry symbolic messages from the wearer to the world. Intermediate level. Tuition $90; members save $15.

Membership special

The Mint Museum has been celebrating its 75th anniversary all year long with membership discounts on the 22nd of every month.  The anniversary year comes to a close Oct. 22. From Oct. 16-22, save $7.50 on Individual, Dual and Family memberships, or save 75% on Sustainer and Benefactor memberships.  Memberships include free admission to both Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, 10% off at Mint Museum Shops, Halcyon and American Roadside restaurants plus a special members rate at Flex + Fit, invitations to members-only events, and much more.  Regular membership prices are $60 for Individuals, $80 for Dual, $100 for Family, $250 for Sustainer, and $500 for Benefactor.  In-person purchase only; new members only.