The Delhom Service League is the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. 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. Multiple programs include talks by curators and other experts in the field of ceramics, and visits to museums and private collections, and focused ceramic studies. The annual Potters Market Invitational (coming September 8, 2018), featuring outstanding potters from across North Carolina, showcases the depth and breadth of ceramics in The Pottery State. Funds raised by this fall festival help support acquisitions to The Mint’s ceramics collection.

For inquiries and membership, please contact us at delhomserviceleague@gmail.com or call 704.337.2021. View the Delhom Service League on Facebook.

The Potters Market Invitational

Visit the Potters Market Invitational (PMI) in its 14th year. More than 65 North Carolina potters will gather on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph to sell their creations. PMI showcases the breadth and depth of work by makers in what has become known as the Pottery State. Enjoy this opportunity to purchase works of art directly from North Carolina ceramic artists.

Meet exceptional potters from Seagrove, the NC mountains, the Piedmont and the Catawba Valley. You’ll find works ranging from traditional functional wares to contemporary sculptural works. This is a fun-filled day including clay demonstrations, a pop-up cafe, and live music. Your ticket also includes admission to the Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown. Join us as a sponsor and get benefits including early admission.

To learn more about the artists participating in this year’s show, to get more details about the show including purchasing tickets, and to become a sponsor, please visit our website.

For questions or additional information, contact INFO@PottersMarketAtTheMint.com

Potters Market Invitational is presented by the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum, and helps fulfill Delhom’s mission to stimulate and develop interest in ceramics and promote ceramic arts and education. Many works have been added to the Mint’s well-known ceramics collection and to the Delhom-Gambrell Library through funds raised by the Delhom Service League through PMI.

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Celebrating the remarkable ceramic artists of today, Building on tradition and Embracing the past.


POTTERS MARKET INVITATIONAL

Friday, September 7, 2018, 6 PM | Potters Market Invitational – Preview Party

For sponsors and featured potters. Location: Mint Museum Randolph

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 AM – 4 PM | Potters Market Invitational

One-day pottery sale on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph. Tickets at PottersMarkeattheMint.com and at the door

THE CERAMICS SERIES 2018-19

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.

*September 18, 2018, 11 AM | followed by a Tapas Lunch $10*
“Everybody Wants a Jug”: Joseph S. Mayer’s Majolica Made in Trenton, NJ 
Laura Microulis, Ph.D., Research Associate, Office of the Director, Bard Graduate Center, NY


October 10, 2018, 5:30 PM | “So you want to be a Potter”
Panel Discussion, celebrating #GlobalDayofClay and National Clay Week


October 29, 2018, 10 AM | Ms. Mellanay Delhom and Delhom Service League
“M. Mellanay Delhom, 90 Years” – Film + Panel Discussion


November 13, 2018, 10 AM | Rediscovering Classical Antiquity…and Beyond: Design Sources for 18th-Century Basalt Sculpture
Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Mint Museum


*November 19, 2018, 10 AM | Highlights from the 18th Century British Ceramics Collection – Hands-on Session
Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Mint Museum


January 8, 2019, 10 AM | Fifty Years of Collecting Southern Ceramics MESDA and the Mariner Collection.
Robert Leath, VP, Collections & Research, Old Salem Museums & Gardens Administration


*January 29, 2019, 10 AM | Curator’s Tour at Mint Museum Uptown -“Michael Sherrill Retrospective” Exhibition
Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion,
The Mint Museum


February 13, 2019, 5:30 PM | STIMULUS – What inspires artists to create? An interactive program coordinated by Bob Scheer, VP of Development, McColl Center for Art + Innovation


*February 25, 2019, 10 AM | Porcelain and Place: Thinking Through Ladislav Sutnar Tea and Dinnerware Sets
Emily Pazar, Curatorial Assistant of Craft, Design and Fashion, The Mint Museum


March 13, 2019, 5:30 PM | New Discoveries in the History of American Porcelain
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


March 25, 2019, 10 AM | Making a Big Intricate Ceramic Platter, Film and Talk
Herb Cohen, Ceramic Artist


April 10, 2019 | Folk Art Ceramics-Catawba Valley Pottery, Time/ location TBD


April 29, 2019, 10 AM | History of Salt Firing. Kira Campbell, Ceramic Artist and Instructor

* Space is limited, Reservations required at mintmuseum.org/events