Kiln Firing at the NC Pottery Center by ECU Students

Join the North Carolina Pottery Center Friday, August 1, to learn about the wood firing process with East Carolina University students as they fire the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Also, on Saturday, August 2, there will be a Raku firing demonstration at the center.  These two days of firings are the finale of the summer internships conducted at the NC Pottery Center by East Carolina University Ceramics Graduate students Erin Younge and Devin McKim. They will be available to explain the process and answer questions from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

As part of an on-going collaboration between the NC Pottery Center and East Carolina University, Erin Younge, a 3rd year graduate student in ECU’s Ceramics Program, has been interning with us this summer and teaching a number of clay programs for all ages. Devin McKim is a 2nd year graduate student who has been working with local Randleman potter Joseph Sands to learn production ceramic techniques.

The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.  “Firing a groundhog kiln is a great introduction to Seagrove pottery,” explains Devin.  “I am excited to be joining in on that traditional style of salt firing.”

The Raku firing will be broken up into smaller, more manageable batches to fire, remove, and fume – and then repeat with each following batch.  That will give visitors a chance to see finished pieces more quickly than most other types of firings.  Erin says, “I am amazed by the range of color that Raku firings produce. The transformation that takes place in both the clay and the glaze by using simple combustible materials like sawdust or flowers is always a treat.”


NCPC – Many Faces: North Carolina’s Face Jug Tradition

Many Faces: North Carolina’s Face Jug Tradition will be the next temporary exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina. This exhibition, which will run from August 8 through October 25, opens with a reception on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The opening reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Curated by L.A. Rhyne, a pottery collector who lives in western North Carolina, Many Faces explores a fascinating group of 19th and 20th century face vessels made by many traditional and contemporary folk artists. North Carolina examples are highlighted along with some from other states and countries. Perhaps first initiated in the United States in the 1800s in South Carolina by enslaved African-Americans and potters from the northeastern U.S., the face jug tradition spread to Georgia, North Carolina, and throughout the South and other regions. Many Faces includes many face jug styles made by a wide range of talented potters.

Lego Mania returns to Asheboro library August 1

ASHEBORO – The Asheboro Public Library’s raucous and immensely popular Lego Mania competition returns for its sixth year at 2 p.m. Friday, August 1.

Teens and younger kids ages 10-18 are invited to create ingenious Lego structures for fun and prizes. The event is free but registration is required; call 318-6803 to sign up.

Participants will be divided into teams and age-appropriate groups to compete for prizes to be awarded by community judges.

Lego Mania is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is part of “Spark a Reaction,” the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program. For more information about the library’s Summer Reading programs and a complete schedule of events, visit

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.


Tickets are now available for RSVP Community Theatre’s presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical classic, The Sound of Music.  Advance purchases may be made at Morings Fine Crafts at the Randolph Arts Guild by visiting the shop at 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro or calling 336-629-0399.  Prices are $12 for adults and $10 for Seniors (60+) and students (up to age 18). Advance purchases can be made by cash, check, charge or debit card.  Tickets at the door are cash or check only.  Open seating.

The show will be performed at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, at 7:30 pm on July 25 & 26 and August 8 & 9.  Sunday matinees are at 2:30 pm July 27 and August 10.  The Brightside Gallery is the Producing Partner for this attraction.

The Sound of Music is a heartwarming and thrilling story of family and of escape from an oppressive regime.  The von Trapp family used their musical skills not only for home entertainment but also as a means of leaving Austria at the time of the Anschluss, as Adolph Hitler consolidated his power in the alpine region.  While the songs are beautiful and memorable, the values of love and loyalty in the pressure cooker of the late 1930’s have a poignancy that make a full theatrical experience for audiences of all ages.

Director Scott Lilly refers to this show as “The classic you thought you knew.”

Scott has energized a group of more than thirty performers to bring a joyful and splendid production on the jewel box stage of The Sunset Theatre.

For more information about RSVP Community Theatre, about The Sound of Music, and the upcoming presentation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Bicentennial Park, visit Facebook at RSVP Theatre or online at  Questions?—call 336-736-3120.

Call to Artists – Emerging Artists Exhibition

Each year, Art Nouveau Winston-Salem presents a juried Exhibition in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. This year the event will open Friday, October 17. They are currently accepting works of art in all mediums due by August 15.

Call for Artists Press Release



Wayne Adams announces his fictional book titled: The Universe Wept.
American astronomer discover an asteroid made entirely of gold.  This begins a tale of international intrigue.
Published by Publish America of Frederick, Maryland.

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‘Virals’ co-author Brendan Reichs to visit Asheboro library

brendan reichsASHEBORO – Author Brendan Reichs will talk about his “Virals” series of teen novels at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Asheboro library.

His visit, part of “Spark A Reaction,” the Teen Summer Reading Program, is free and the public is invited. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Reichs co-authors the series with his mom, famed “Bones” novelist Kathy Reichs. The Virals are a group of teens led by Tory Brennan, niece of forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan. Their exposure to a canine virus at an animal research facility has left them with heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes — leading them into all sorts of dangerous situations.

Books in the series to date are Virals, Seizure, Code and Exposure.

Reichs, who grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Wake Forest University, left a career in the law to write. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Emily and their two children.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Call to Artists – VAE N.E.W. show

4 RN.E.W. show
September 5-25, 2014

deadline for JPEG entries:
July 28 @ 11:59pm

about the exhibtion:
Our annual N.E.W. Show features some of the newest, most innovative works around. This exhibition is open to any artist working in any media. The only stipulations are that the work be original, completed within the past year and not previously exhibited anywhere else.

No media restrictions. Entries must fit through VAE’s 104″ x 71″ door to be exhibited. Juried with JPEGs. Two entries per artist. Entries must be received by 11:59pm on Monday, July 28, 2014.


RSVP Announces Cast for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

RSVP Community Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The play is to be presented in Bicentennial Park, August 29-31. Given in association with the City of Asheboro, this presentation is a gift to the citizens of Asheboro and Randolph County—no admission will be charged. The play is family friendly and inclusive of all members of the community. Set in sunny, coastal Spain, or wherever your imagination takes you, Director Jim Langer offers a treat for eye and ear.

The people of the play are: Robert Bass—Orsino; Kaitlin Smith—Olivia; Mary Moorhouse—Viola; Adam Plant—Sebastian; Eoin Walsh—Antonio; Tim Edwards—Sea Captain; Jaden Skelly—Valentina; Maria Castro—Curia; Manashi C-Lim—Maria; Justin Tarlton—Don Tobias Belch; Jim Langer—Don Andres Aguecheek; Scott Murkin—Malvolio; Bethany Kidd—Fabian; Travis Welsh—Fieste, a Clown; Alyssa Murkin—a Priest. Many of the cast have previous experience with RSVP’s ongoing series of Shakespeare plays presented in the Park. Of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedies, this one sits atop the list. It is an outrageous compilation of jokes, humorous situations, and confused identities making a pretty package that will end up with solutions to all mysteries.

A good time will be had by all. Bring a picnic supper and join the fun. For more information about RSVP Community Theatre visit online or RSVP on Facebook at RSVP Community Theatre. Questions? Call 336-736-3120.

JOB LISTING – Arrowmont: Communications Coordinator

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN is seeking a communications coordinator. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, knowledgeable and committed to the mission and work of the School. Reporting to the director of development, the communications coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of social media strategies, activities, tracking and outcomes; electronic media;  media relations; creation of promotional and marketing materials for development, programs; special events; management of the website, and a variety of marketing and public relations initiatives. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing or a related field and preferably two years’ experience. Knowledge of InDesign and familiarity with other graphics programs, Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop and other software is required. Experience working in a nonprofit or educational organization is a plus. To apply, send cover letter describing your skills and abilities, resume, three professional writing samples, two design samples and four references to Or mail to:  Office Manager, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, PO Box 567, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Arrowmont is an equal opportunity employer.

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