Teachers of Tradition: North Carolina’s Folk Heritage Award-Winning Potters, a temporary exhibition highlighting and honoring the exemplary work of 13 of the state’s outstanding traditional potters, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon until 2 p.m.
The North Carolina Pottery Center, located in Seagrove, will be open to the public for the reception, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through Saturday, April 26, 2014.
The state’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts is presented to honorees on the basis of their artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and contributions to their field. Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award, a program of the North Carolina Arts Council, has honored the folk artists of the state, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that comprise our rich and diverse cultural traditions.
“As North Carolinians, we celebrate the creative and passionate artists working within the communities of our state to keep our cultural traditions alive,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “Their mastery preserves our heritage and makes North Carolina a better state, and we are so proud of their outstanding skill, unparalleled diligence and eager willingness to share their artistry with the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.”
Past Folk Heritage Award potter recipients include Dorothy and Walter Auman, Burlon Craig, Vernon Owens, Amanda Swimmer, Nell Cole Graves, Louise Bigmeat Maney, Melvin Lee Owens, Celia Cole Perkinson, Neolia Cole Womack, Senora Lynch.
Arnold Richardson and Sid Luck are receiving the award this year, on May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Examples of all of these potters’ work will be on display at the center as part of the exhibition.
The exhibition, which ends Saturday, April 26, is a teaser for the North Carolina Heritage Awards celebration. The event celebrates renowned fiddler Bobby Hicks, whose playing helped shape the music of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and of Ricky Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder; Bill Myers whose versatile jazz band, The Monitors, now in its 55th year, will play highlights of this style master’s repertoire from R&B to swing to funk; and Arnold Richardson, a member of North Carolina’s Haliwa-Saponi tribe and master of the Native American flute, who soothes the spirit with traditional and original compositions. Stunning craft work from master potter Sid Luck and weaver Susan Leveille complete the evening’s offerings. Virtuoso performances and on-stage interviews are all part of this special event. Click here for tickets and more information.
The North Carolina Pottery Center and the N.C. Arts Council’s Folklife Program partnered on images and texts relating to award winners. Exhibitions at the Pottery Center are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation.
For more information on the Pottery Center visit www.ncpotterycenter.org.