The North Carolina Pottery Center is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2015 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). The TAPS program is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC Pottery Center in partnership with Seagrove Elementary School and sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Each year, fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School area invited to participate in the program, and each fall and spring, ten students learn pottery local history and skills.
The TAPS program aims to connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. Students receive instruction in an art form that has deep cultural roots in their community, taught by experts utilizing traditional instructional techniques. Students learn numerous clay processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing of pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice. Seagrove potter Sid Luck, winner of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, leads the class. Luck is assisted by Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, NCPC Artist-in-Residence Josh Floyd, and NCPC educational program manager, Emily Lassiter.
“The North Carolina Pottery Center’s TAPS program is so fortunate to have fifth-generation potter Sid Luck teaching Seagrove pottery traditions to the community’s young people,” says Sally Peterson, Folklife Director at the NC Arts Council. “A career public school teacher himself, Sid combines high level teaching skills with time-honored pottery knowledge to present an enriching program that connects students to the very heart of their community. Rising generation potter Chad Brown and others contribute an energy and creativity to the program that would be difficult to match anywhere outside of a university program. I love visiting the TAPS program, because the students are so enthusiastic and really perform way beyond expectation,” says Peterson.
The fall session of TAPS is coming to an end. To celebrate TAPS students’ hard work, the Pottery Center will stage an exhibition of their work and a reception on Wednesday, December 16th from 2:45 – 4:00 pm. Students’ work will be on display in the Center and light refreshments will be served. The general public is invited to attend the exhibition and reception.