Schedule

The similarities in our differences

The theme of this year’s conference is inspired by the transition of the event from one organization to another. As organizers, makers, or manufacturers, we all use a variety of skills and techniques to achieve a similar goal… to create the best products we can.

This year’s conference will primarily continue in the same format of past conferences centering around two-days of demonstrating artists in addition to multiple speakers. Three demonstrators will work side-by-side, encouraging questions, and conversing with the audience and each other. Interspersed in the program are speakers that will help to inform on contemporary business practices including marketing, advertising, and manufacturing. Every aspect of the 2020 NC Potters Conference is designed to explore the similarities and differences that we all share in executing our craft.


Schedule of Activities: March 5-8, 2020

See the MAP on the Travel & Lodging page for directions to the Historic Luck’s Cannery, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Tour Locations, and more.

Thursday, March 5

Noon - 7:00 PM
Registration Check-In @ Historic Luck’s Cannery | 798 NC-705, SEAGROVE, NC 27341

Guided Tours: The change in venue has inspired us to begin the conference with a day of guided tours around the Seagrove area showcasing some of the area’s thriving examples of ceramic history and industry. The tour hosts will change from year to year in order to celebrate the quantity and quality of Seagrove Potters. Note: The distances given below are from the Conference Site - the Historic Luck’s Cannery.

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Guided Tour @ STARworks by Takuro Shibata | 100 Russell Dr, Star, NC 27356 | 9.7 miles

3:00 - 4:00 PM
Guided Tour @ Jugtown Pottery by Pam and Travis Owens | 330 Jugtown Rd, Seagrove, NC 27341 | 8.8 miles

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Guided Tour @ Ben Owens Pottery by Ben Owen III | 105 Bens Pl, Seagrove, NC 27341 | 6.1 miles

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Guided Tour @ NC Pottery Center by Steve Compton | 233 East Ave, Seagrove, NC 27341 | 0.7 miles

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Presenters Exhibition Reception @ Historic Luck’s Cannery


Friday, March 6
Historic Luck’s CannerY | 798 NC-705, SEAGROVE, NC 27341

8:00 AM
Registration Check-In

9:00 AM
Welcome, Announcements, Remembering Dwight M. Holland (Mark Hewitt, Bruce Gholson, Daniel Johnston)

10:00 AM
Demonstrating Artist Slide Presentations (Bede Clark, Lisa Naples, and Dan Finnegan)

11:00 AM
Break

11:15 AM
Pottery Demonstrations Begin

Noon | Lunch

1:30 PM
Pottery Demos Continue

3:00 PM
Break

3:15 PM
Pottery Demos Continue

4:30 PM
Demos wrap up for the day

5:00 PM
Dinner

6:00-7:00 PM
The Dwight M. Holland Speaker - Alex Matisse

7:00 PM
OYO Time, Explore Asheboro


Saturday, March 7
Historic Luck’s Cannery | 798 NC-705, SEAGROVE, NC 27341

8:00 AM
Registration Check-In

9:00 AM
Speaker - Thomas Schmidt

10:00 AM
Break

10:15 AM
Pottery Demos Resume

Noon | Lunch

1:30 PM
Pottery Demos Continue

3:00 PM
Break

3:15 PM
Pottery Demos Continue

4:30 PM
Pottery Demos Conclude

6:00 PM
Pottery Shows/Sales End
OYO Time, OYO Dinner, Explore Asheboro


Sunday, March 8
Historic Luck’s Cannery | 798 NC-705, SEAGROVE, NC 27341

(Sunday morning’s presentations are in memory of Dot & Walter Auman.)

10:00 AM
Social Media & Marketing with Connie Matisse

11:00 AM
Online Sales and Marketing with Ron Philbeck

Noon
Conference concludes, OYO Lunch, Explore Seagrove & Asheboro