The Ceramics Series – “The History of Salt Firing” with Kira Campbell

Delhom Service League welcomes Kira Campbell, ceramic artist and instructor, who will give a brief history of salt firing. Salt firing is a process where unglazed ware is fired to high temperatures and salt is introduced into the kiln chamber to achieve a characteristic ‘orange peel’ glazed surface.

Kira has an undergraduate degree in theater and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Michigan, where she studied under Georgette Zirbes and Sadashi Inuzuka. She has been working in clay for over twenty years, and has experience ranging from production pottery to university instruction to large-scale installation art. Kira has participated in residencies in Denmark, Hungary and Ireland and has work in several international museums. While her exhibited work is all sculptural, she enjoys exploring the vessel in all its forms whenever possible. She is currently an instructor at Clayworks in Charlotte.

(there will not be a reception before this program, so it will begin promptly at 10:00 AM)


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


Charlotte Garden Club: John P. Ertz

John P. Ertz will be discussing Perspectives on Our National Parks/Challenges for the Giant Sequoia. More info at charlottegardenclub.com.


Originally from Long Island, NY John is a graduate of the Forestry Program of Oregon State University and has spent over 40 years in the forestry industry working as a forest ranger, firefighter, national parks ranger, certified arborist, and with American Electric Power. He is most comfortable “in the woods” and will bring up-to-date information from a recent month long trip to some of our national treasures.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


The Ceramics Series – “New Discoveries in the History of American Porcelain”, with Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

Delhom Service League presents this lecture with Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts.

Porcelain has captured the imagination of many, and it has challenged American entrepreneurial potters from colonial times. This lecture will focus on three pivotal moments in the history of porcelain-making in America. It will begin with the 18th century, and America’s very first attempts at making porcelain, highlighted by an exciting new acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum. The second moment dates to the mid 19th century when the American porcelain dinnerware industry was launched. The lecture will close with the very early years of the 20th century, highlighting in particular the work of Adelaide Alsop Robineau, arguably America’s finest ceramist of that century.

Ms. Frelinghuysen has curated, published, and lectured widely on the subject of American ceramics, glass, stained glass, and late nineteenth-century furniture, as well as all aspects of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. She recently spearheaded and co-authored American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection (with Martin Eidelberg and Adrienne Spinozzi, 2018), which celebrates the extraordinary gift by Robert Ellison of American Art Pottery to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Preceding the lecture at 6 PM, refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 PM.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


The Ceramics Series – “Porcelain and Place: The Sutnar Tea and Dinnerware sets”

Emily Pazar, the assistant editor of Art Reference at Oxford University Press New York and former Curatorial Assistant of Craft, Design, and Fashion at The Mint Museum, will conduct a discussion about a tea set and dinnerware set in the Mint’s collection. These pieces were designed by Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976) for Krasna Jizba, a company aiming to make progressive design available to a wide consumer base. The porcelain sets were produced by Epiag in Loket, Western Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic) between 1928 and 1932. Pazar will examine the ways that Sutnar’s distinct brand of functionalism was both influenced by and a reaction to the Art Deco movement context of European ceramics in the first half of the twentieth century.

*Registration is required for this program as attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Delhom Service League members receive priority registration now through February 12. Beginning February 13 any open spaces may be filled with non-DSL members. Registration is free. Register by calling or emailing Susan Kooiman 704-293-3921, delhomserviceleague@gmail.com.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


The Ceramics Series – “STIMULUS-What inspires artists to create?”

STIMULUS is intended to offer attendees deeper insight into the work and ideas of contemporary artists. During Stimulus McColl Center alumni ceramic artists Tom Thoune, Terry Shipley and Allison Luce—will share the films, videos, books, music and anything else that has influenced or inspired their work. Current McColl Center curator-in-residence Tom Stanley will moderate.

Participants are encouraged to bring an object that inspires you to share with the artists and other participants.

Join us for refreshments at 5:30 PM and the program at 6:00 PM.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph