Delhom Service League

Celebrating the remarkable ceramic artists of today, building on tradition, and embracing the past.


The Delhom Service League is the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. Members enjoy the camaraderie of a group that shares an interest in the ceramic arts while expanding their knowledge and supporting the ceramics collection of the Mint. Other benefits of membership include participation in ‘members only’ travel opportunities and social events.

It was organized in 1972 by Mellanay Delhom, who came to the Mint with her historical collection in 1967. Our mission is to create and nurture interest in ceramics, from ancient to contemporary. Over the past 40 years the focus of the group has expanded but the mission remains the same. Today the league presents nationally and internationally known speakers such as curators, educators, ceramic artists and other experts in the field of ceramics. It offers trips and tours to museums and private collections, as well as focused ceramic studies, many of which are free and open to all.

Delhom Service League has funded the acquisition of numerous objects for the Museum’s collection and has funded catalogues for ceramics exhibitions and gallery tours such as the recent Classic Black: The Basalt Sculptures of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries. It also makes contributions to the acclaimed Delhom-Gambrell Reference Library for the decorative arts.

The signature fundraising event is Potters Market at the Mint. This year it was planned for September 26, 2020 but has been postponed to September 25, 2021. Since 2005 the event has delighted ceramics collectors and pottery fans alike with the opportunity to get to know dozens of North Carolina potters. The event showcases the depth and breadth of ceramics in what has become known as The Pottery State.

For membership inquiries and other information, contact us at delhomserviceleague@gmail.com or call 704.337.2021.

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Potters Market at the Mint details can be found at pottersmarketatthemint.com

Upcoming Events:

THE CERAMICS SERIES

Talks, videos, panel discussions, hands-on sessions, and tours focused on ceramic art in all its fabulous forms. Programs are held at Mint Museum Randolph unless otherwise noted. Free to Mint members and the public.

A Studio Visit with Akira Satake
April 22, 2021
Virtual Event

Potters Market at the Mint
September 25, 2021
Mint Museum Randolph

The event scheduled for September 26, 2020 has been postponed to September 25, 2021. The potters scheduled to participate in 2020 have been invited to come again in 2021. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Potters Market website.

In the meantime, please support the artists of the NC pottery community. You can view their work at pottersmarketatthemint.com. Please consider purchasing directly from the artists on their own retail websites.

The Ceramics Series Virtual Studio Tours

Julie Wiggins

Visit potter Julie Wiggins in her studio to hear about her current work, learn about her creative techniques, and hear about some of the challenges facing potters during the pandemic.

Leah Leitson

Leah Leitson, ceramic artist and educator based in Asheville NC, discusses her career in ceramics from her first interest as a studio potter to her current role as Professor of Ceramics at Warren Wilson College. For more information about Leah, you can visit her website at www.leahleitson.com.

Amy Sanders and Ron Philbeck

Amy and Ron discuss their individual work, and then discuss their collaboration on a series of work created during the pandemic. While their individual work is very different, their collaborative work has been very popular and a great learning process for them both. If you would like to see more of their work, you can visit their individual websites, amysanderspottery.com and ronphilbeckpottery.com. Both potters are scheduled to be exhibitors at the Delhom’s Potters Market at the Mint on Sept. 25, 2021.

Steve Compton

Steve Compton discusses his history as a collector of NC pottery, and how his interest led him to become a noted researcher and author. Steve shares details about his collection of pottery, now including over 2,000 pieces, and some of the many books he has authored.