Upcoming Classes at NCPC

Kid’s Holiday Ornament Class

Saturday, December 13, 10 am-12 pm $5 per person. Come get in the holiday spirit at NCPC! We invite kids (and kids at heart) to join us in creating one-of-a-kind ornaments. Participants will choose three stoneware ornaments from a range of precut selections, and then decorate them with paint. After they’re sealed, ornaments will be ready to take home and enjoy the very same day! All supplies included. Additional ornaments will be available for purchase, if you’d like to make more. For more information, or to register in advance, call the Pottery Center at (336)873-8430.

Sgraffito & Slip Decoration Class

Wednesday, December 3, 7-9 pm NCPC Members $35/Non-Members $40  Learn the sgraffito decorative carving technique! NCPC Artist- in-Residence Josh Floyd will lead participants in scratching a design into a handmade clay tumbler, then decorating them with colored clay slips. Pieces will be glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in 1 week. All supplies included. Additional tumblers will be available for purchase, if you’d like to make a set. Please note that class size is limited. Registration and payment due by Wednesday, November 26. For more information, or to register in advance, call the Pottery Center at (336)873-8430.

Lark Artists Handmade Holiday Art Show

Start your holiday shopping on Saturday, December 6, at the Fourth Annual Lark Artists Handmade Holiday art show and sale! This extravaganza of 30+ area artists will be in uptown Asheboro, NC at 105 Worth Event Centre, Worth Street. This is a free event, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artists who will be participating in this holiday shopping event are as follows: (more…)

Joseph Sand Pottery Opening


Joseph Sand Pottery
Holiday Kiln Opening
featuring guest artist, Susan Harrell
Dec 6th – 9am to 5pm
Dec 7th – Noon to 5pm
Dec 13th – 9am to 5pm
Dec 14th – Noon to 5pm

Christmast at the Sunset Theatre with Swing On!

700x500-Christmas at the Sunset Theater with Swing-On!DATE:     SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
LOCATION:     SUNSET THEATRE—Downtown Asheboro
TIME:     3:00 PM
COST:     $ 8.00 ADVANCE—$ 10.00 at Door

Holiday Open House and Tea

Open HouseHoliday Open House at Brightside Gallery and Herb N Garden

Asheboro, NC——Come out for an evening of Christmas cheer on November 14, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street!  They will be featuring a trunk show by Kernersville jewelry artist, Wendi Mink, holiday music and yummy treats to nibble and sip. They will be open for the evening to give you a chance to get a jump on your holiday festivities! There is nothing quite as invigorating as a little merry-making to get the season started!

Wendi Mink is a chainmaille artist extraordinaire. Seven years ago Wendi was inspired to explore design techniques while preparing to showcase her jewelry at a fair in Lucketts, Virginia. She was introduced to the ancient art of chainmaille and was immediately smitten with both the process and the end result. Chainmaille was the earliest form of metal armor and was probably invented before the 5th century by the ancient Celts. Over time, the technique of “weaving” small metal rings of precious metals began to be used for jewelry as well. Wendi enjoys the challenge of coming up with new designs and truly enjoys custom orders

Herb N Garden will be open during this evening with their latest holiday designs, drinks and tasty refreshments! Herb N Garden is located at 170-B Worth Street, directly behind the Brightside Gallery building.


Christmas TeaCARRIAGE HOUSE TEA—–FREE TEA TASTING:  Christmas Blend Black Tea

Asheboro, NC——Carriage House Tea will be holding a free tea tasting on November 14, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. This tea tasting will be featuring their Christmas Blend Black Tea–an exquisite black tea from the tropical island of Sri Lanka. This is a FREE event and the public is invited.

About the tea: The aroma of cinnamon and clove is reminiscent of an evening European Christmas market. The cup confirms it! Mmm… Das Gute! The luxury ingredients in this tea are: Black tea, Candy, Cinnamon, Clove, Jasmine petals, and Natural flavors. It is pure magic in a tea cup or a glass! This tea makes an absolutely tremendous iced tea or a heavenly hot tea. It is high in antioxidants and medium in caffeine content. Carriage House Tea will be serving this selection as a hot tea. Please join them for a tasty visit!

RCC Cultural Series – Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 6 p.m.

Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert

R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center Auditorium – campus of Randolph Community College

Come enjoy the 7th annual lighting of the RCC Christmas tree followed by a holiday handbells concert featuring the First Presbyterian Bell Choir under the direction of Rick Morgan, director of music. Approximate running time: 60 minutes.

33rd Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival

Seagrove, NC— The Seagrove Area Pottery Center; formerly known as the Museum of NC Traditional Pottery, is proud to present this year’s 33rd Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival! The Festival will include booths filled with pottery and various traditional crafts, both of which have helped to make the Festival one of the best places for meeting the potters and craftsmen while shopping. Food and Drink will also be available.

The event is held at the Seagrove Elementary School located at 528 Old Plank Road in Seagrove and takes place November 22 & 23, 2014, from 9:00am-5:00pm both days. The Festival auction will take place on Sunday at 4:00pm. Admission is $5.00 per person each day. Members of the Museum, as well as children under 12 with a paying adult, will be admitted free.

The Festival focuses on the pottery and craft heritage of this region. Educational activities for children and adults alike are available. Potters will be demonstrating while handcrafted items from a blacksmith, basket makers, leather crafts, woodcarvers and weavers will also be available for purchase. Percheron Draft Horses will be stabled near the parking lot.

Seagrove is located just 40 miles northwest of Pinehurst or 35 short miles south of Greensboro, off exit 61, I-73/74. After exiting the interstate, follow the signs to the festival location. For more information call the Seagrove Area Pottery Center at 336.873.7887 or visit them at


Brown Family Pottery Exhibit Opening November 8th at Seagrove’s NCPC

Simage006eagrove, N.C.   One of the South’s most significant pottery-making families will be celebrated in a North Carolina Pottery Center exhibit called A Handed Down Art: The Brown Family Potters beginning with an opening reception on November 8th.

According to exhibit curator Stephen C. Compton, “A Handed Down Art: The Brown Family Potters is a tribute to this family’s long, unbroken, multigenerational chain of potters whose knowledge about making pottery has been passed down from family member to family member for about two centuries, and whose adaptive and innovative approach to the trade ensured its durability.”

After many years working as potters in nearly every Southern state, brothers Davis and Javan Brown opened their own Brown Brothers’ Pottery in Arden, N.C., near Asheville, in 1925. Nearly a century later, Charles Brown keeps the family tradition going in his Brown’s Pottery shop where his grandfather Davis Brown, and his father, Louis Brown, last turned wares. Nearby, Javan Brown’s granddaughter, Cherry Brown Corn, keeps her wheel turning after many years working side-by-side with her parents, Evan and Mercedes Brown, at Evan’s Pottery. Following many years as a military and commercial airline pilot, James E. Brown Jr., another Davis Brown grandson, recently opened his own Brown’s Pottery shop near Hiddenite, N.C. In Alabama, Jerry Brown runs a traditional pottery shop where clay is ground up in a mule-powered pug mill.

Nearly two hundred objects gleaned from family and private collections will be displayed in the exhibit representing the work of numerous Brown family members. Examples include utilitarian, decorative art, and dinner wares. The Browns are well known for their face jugs, including one folk art masterpiece in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and many of these whimsical objects will be featured in the exhibit.

A numbered, limited edition, 154 page exhibit catalog will be available that includes many historic images never before published and color photographs of all displayed items. A limited edition of specially marked and numbered face jugs made by Charles “Charlie” Brown specifically for A Handed Down Art: The Brown Family Potters will be available for purchase.

A Handed Down Art: The Brown Family Potters opens on November 8, 2014, at the North Carolina Pottery Center located at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, N.C. and runs through January 24, 2015. Please join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 8th,  from 12:00 – 3:00p.m. The reception is open to the public and free of charge. NCPC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Randolph Arts Guild to Host Indie Folk Artists Ian Thornton & Shiloh Hill – LIVE at the Sunset Theatre


Asheboro — On Wednesday, November 19th at 7pm the Randolph Arts Guild will host indie folk artists Ian Thornton & Shiloh Hill LIVE at the Historic Sunset Theatre in Downtown Asheboro. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale in advance at the Randolph Arts Guild (Mon. – Fri 10am -5pm and Sat. 10am – 2pm) and at the door as available.

The Randolph Arts Guild, in its efforts to continually push the envelope in the realm of creating cultural opportunities for the community is venturing into hosting local “indie” or “independent” musicians at the Sunset Theatre. According to Executive Director, Derrick Sides “We feel that featuring local and regional indie musicians is an area of cultural experience that is currently untapped.  After the success of Mike Gaffney’s concert earlier this summer we’re excited to follow that show with two equally talented acts.  Ian Thornton is a phenomenal solo artist, and Shiloh Hill is a brand new group that is destined to go far.”

Ian Randall Thornton is a locally grown musician and song writer from Norfolk, Virginia. He plays many instruments in multiple genres, but prefers the unadulterated simplicity of folk music as the setting to display his more weighty lyrical content and concepts. Though Thornton is still in his early twenties, his maturity, insights and experience are far beyond his years.

Similarly, in an age where the “folk” and “indie” genres are taking the music world by storm it is not often that you find a band that not only understands their roots but also understands how to create a sound that is continuously evolving and fully unique. Many artists have the ability of portraying exactly what is expected from a genre but few recognize the importance and have the knowledge to be more and move outside of that prototypical sound. This is where Shiloh Hill comes in.

Shiloh Hill is a project that focuses on a joint contribution of artists showcasing not only excellent songwriting and lyricism, but a simple yet effective ensemble of harmonizing vocals, guitars, banjo, and percussion. With just the right mix of folk, pop, and fireside feeling, each song has way of pulling you in and eventually taking you away.

The show set for 7pm Wednesday, November 19th and will be held at the Historic Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Ave. in downtown Asheboro, NC. Doors open at 6pm.


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