From Jugtown Pottery to hyalyn Porcelain – A Collector’s Journey.

NC Pottery expert, collector, and author, Stephen Compton, visits Delhom Service League in a live virtual program on Zoom.

Alamance County, North Carolina native Stephen C. Compton is an avid collector of traditional eighteenth-to-twentieth-century North Carolina pottery. Widely recognized for his expertise, Steve is frequently called upon as a lecturer and exhibit curator. He once served as president of the North Carolina Pottery Center, a museum and educational center located in Seagrove, North Carolina, and co-founded the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild. Steve holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Emory University. He currently resides in Montezuma (Avery County), North Carolina.

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From Jugtown Pottery to hyalyn Porcelain – A Collector’s Journey.
March 15, 2021
10 AM | Virtual

Stephen Compton: From Jugtown Pottery to hyalyn Porcelain

Stephen Compton: From Jugtown Pottery to hyalyn Porcelain: A Collector’s Journey

Delhom Service League Studio Visit

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.

A Studio Visit with Ron Philbeck and Amy Sanders – Delhom Service League

Delhom Service League will host a live virtual program with ceramic artists Ron Philbeck of Shelby, NC and Amy Sanders of Charlotte, NC.

Ron and Amy are from different areas of North Carolina but during the pandemic they have been collaborating on new ideas for their work. Join us for an informal chat in their studios where they will discuss how they’ve managed working together, and about each if their individual work and process.

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Studio Visit with Amy Sanders and Ron Philbeck – Delhom Service League

Studio Visit with Amy Sanders and Ron Philbeck

Delhom Service League

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.

Leah Leitson Ceramics: Then and Now – Delhom Service League Studio Visit

Leah Leitson Ceramics: Then and Now

Delhom Service League Studio Visit

Join the Delhom Service League as they Leah Leitson, ceramic artist and educator based in Asheville NC. She 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.

The Ceramic Series tour of Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries

black basalt stoneware of bearded man
Wedgwood. Staffordshire, England, 1759–present
Socrates circa 1775–1780
Stoneware (black basalt)
The Mint Museum. Gift of the Starr and Wolfe Families in memory of Lydia and Bernard Starr. 2018.68.2

Brian Gallagher will lead Delhom Service League members on a tour of the Mint’s new exhibition Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries.  Read More

“You broke the Buddha, now what?” with Lydia Thompson

Metaphorically speaking the buddha is viewed as a spiritual and historical vessel. Once the piece breaks the inquiry begins… should the piece be repaired, should we throw it away or has it earned its place for further examination? The shard serves as a clue to the past and a moment to explore the culture. Thompson’s presentation will discuss how her ideas, techniques and ethnic influences are woven into her creative process. Her experiences continue to widen her lens about how she defines landscape, overcomes obstacles and maximizes her artistic practice. She has an endless love for ceramics which offers so many techniques for experimentation that capture the human interaction with the world.

Lydia Thompson is currently the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Charlotte and is a recent board member for Clayworks in Charlotte, NC. Thompson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from The Ohio State University and her master of fine art degree from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

January 22, 2020
6:00 PM Wine Reception
6:30 PM Lecture
Mint Museum Randolph
FREE

 


The Ceramics Series by Delhom Service League, the Ceramics Affiliate of The Mint Museum.
presents “You broke the Buddha, now what?” with Lydia Thompson. This program is offered in collaboration with The Guild of Charlotte Artists.

View the Ceramics Series brochure to see a calendar of programs and the story of Delhom Service League.

Delhom Service League loves all things ceramic – from ancient to contemporary. For membership information contact Pat Viser, pviser@carolina.rr.com.


This event is located at Mint Museum Randolph


The first exhibition focused exclusively on black basalt sculpture to open on Feb. 9 at The Mint Museum with striking, contemporary presentation

Charlotte, NC (January 9, 2020): The Mint Museum is pleased to announce its upcoming presentation of Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries, opening February 9, 2020 at Mint Museum Randolph.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 works of art on loan from across the U.S., as well as England, and will focus exclusively on black basalt sculpture—the first show of its kind to do so. Classic Black will showcase works ranging from life-size portrait busts to fanciful vases, dynamic statues of mythological heroes to portrait medallions in low relief.

The exhibition features loans from major museums in the United States and England such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, as well as important, one-of-a-kind objects from notable private collections in America, some of which are making their public debut.

One noteworthy aspect of the show is its presentation: a completely groundbreaking, contemporary treatment. With the help of the prominent Charlotte muralist and street artist known as “Owl,” each of the exhibition rooms will feature a specially commissioned graphic mural in striking, sunset hues. The bright colors and graphic patterns will challenge visitors’ expectations and enliven the historical pieces, making them more relevant to the modern viewer. And while completely unconventional, the design aesthetic nevertheless recalls 18th-century architecture and interior design, reinterpreting it for the modern-day audience.

And it’s a presentation that Wedgwood himself — as a master marketer of luxury, with an eye for presentation — would likely approve of, says Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts at The Mint Museum. “Wedgwood would have never wanted his works to sit on a putty-colored pedestal, against a putty-colored wall,” says Gallagher.

Classic Black is also the Mint’s first exhibition dedicated completely to sculpture. And because the museum is known for its British ceramics collection, it’s appropriate that its first sculpture show draws from an aspect of that collection.

Classic Black and its remarkable presentation will break every mold,” says The Mint Museum’s President and CEO Todd A. Herman, PhD. “And we believe it will attract longtime Wedgwood enthusiasts as well as a new audience keen on seeing the marriage of 18th-century pieces with 21st-century mural art.”

About one-third of the works on view in Classic Blackare based directly on marble and bronze sculptures from the classical world. Other objects in the exhibition derive from works of art created in later centuries by some of the great figures in European art history, including Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, published by D. Giles Limited, London, which will include extended object entries and introductory essays contributed by Robin Emmerson, Gaye Blake-Roberts, Nancy Ramage, and MG Sullivan.

The exhibition was made possible with generous support from presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Private Bank.

“This is not your grandmother’s Wedgwood,” says Jay Everette, Officer of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Wells Fargo’s Foundation decided to serve as presenting sponsor of the exhibition as part of its focus on arts, history, culture and heritage community grants. We were intrigued by the compelling contrast of past and present. We hope it allows viewers to see Wedgwood’s story, works and legacy in a different light.”

Additional support was provided by Moore & Van Allen and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The Exhibition catalogue was fully funded by the Delhom Service League and an anonymous patron.

 


About The Mint Museum

Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations—Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown on South Tryon Street—the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community.