FIfty outstanding potters to sell their creations at Mint Museum Randolph

10th annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational set for Saturday, September 6

Collectors will once again have access to the latest works by leaders in the rich tradition of North Carolina pottery when potters from across North Carolina and surrounding areas return to Mint Museum Randolph for the 10th annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Fifty outstanding North Carolina potters have been invited to participate in this year’s event, presented by the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum, promoting ceramic arts and education.  Every year, hundreds of pottery enthusiasts line up hours in advance of the opening to gain access to the day’s best treasures.

Among this year’s participants is Ben Owen III of Seagrove, N.C., a member of one of the most well-known families in North Carolina pottery. “The Delhom Service League’s Potters Market Invitational held at the Mint Museum is a potter’s top-notch opportunity and a pottery collector’s playground,” Owen said. “Potters are honored to be invited to showcase their most recent creations among North Carolina’s premiere clay artists.  Shoppers are treated to a wide range of clay creations in a focused environment that offers them a veritable tour of our state’s best potteries in one tent, one day.  Discover a new adventure in a world shaped in clay!”

The Delhom Service League is proud to honor collectors this year by naming Carol Gorelick Honorary Chair of the Potters Market Invitational. While she and her husband Shelton collected broadly in the crafts, their focus is mainly on North Carolina pottery. Carol’s advice to beginning collectors: “Buy what speaks to you, but always buy the best you can afford.  Choose one good piece rather than a number of lesser pieces….I like the personal contact with the artist that you have when you collect North Carolina potters.”

Added Barbara Perry of the Delhom Service League: “Any collector can relate to Carol’s ardent admiration for pots, and her enthusiasm for their makers. She is the epitome of the true collector: avid, focused, selective, but not afraid to take a risk on an unknown potter. Carol is one of those who have helped keep the North Carolina tradition healthy and alive.”

The $10 admission fee includes access to the event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as free admission to The Mint Museum.  Additionally, there are folk musicians, pottery-making demonstrations, and food.  Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Individual sponsorships of $100 include special parking, continental breakfast, and admission to the pre-sale at 9:15 a.m. For $150, sponsors can also attend the Meet the Potters Party being held Friday, September 5 from 6:30-9 p.m. Sponsors will enjoy dinner, music, and an opportunity to mingle with the potters and other pottery enthusiasts. Funds raised by Potters Market provide acquisitions of pottery and library materials for the Mint.

Potters Market Invitational online admission begins August 1; details at this link.  Admission is also available at the door.  For questions, please email or for sponsor information call 704.733.9393.  Find Potters Market Invitational on Facebook. On view for pottery enthusiasts at Mint Museum Randolph is North Carolina Pottery: Then and Now, an ongoing exhibition drawn from the best examples of N.C. pottery in the museum’s extensive collection. Also opening September 6 at Mint Museum Uptown is Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection. Special exhibition admission is required, but free passes for opening weekend will be distributed to all PMI attendees.

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Participating potters include:

Michel Bayne, Cynthia Bringle, Tammy Leigh Brooks, Kyle Carpenter, Josh Copus, Donna Craven, Jeff Dean, Claudia Dunaway, Kim Ellington, Susan Filley, Carol Gentithes, Bruce Gholson, Becky Gray, Samantha Henneke, Mark Hewitt, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Matt Jones, Matt Kelleher, Crystal King, Eric Knoche, Julie + Tyrone Larson, Suze Lindsay, Sid Luck, Courtney Martin, Stephanie Martin, Andrew Massey, Alex Matisse, Kent Mclaughlin, Shane Mickey, Raine Middleton, Reiko Miyagi, Frank and Cindy Neef, Karen Newgard, Ben Owen III, Pam Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Jane Peiser, Michael Rutkowsky, Joseph Sand, Akira Satake, Ken+ Connie Sedberry, Eric Serritella, David Stuempfle, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Shoko Teruyama, Jim Whalen

Above image: Benjamin Wade Owen III. American, 1968- . Edo Jar 2013. Stoneware. Gift of Daisy Wade Bridges. 2013.71.4. Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mint Museum to Publish New Ceramics Catalogue

Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph to remain closed until May 2 for curatorial research

The Mint Museum, in collaboration with D. Giles Limited of London, is producing an illustrated catalogue showcasing its renowned collection of eighteenth-century British ceramics. And to facilitate research for the catalogue, the museum is closing its historic Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph through May 2 to enable curatorial research of ceramics items from the gallery, many of which have not been removed from their glass-enclosed cases in more than 30 years.


The catalogue is being generously funded by the Delhom Service League, the Mint’s affiliate group supporting the ceramics collections of the museum. Additional photography for the project is made possible through a digitization grant that the museum received from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013.


The catalogue will be released in fall 2015, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the museum’s purchase of the Delhom Collection of British and European ceramics. The catalogue will feature 200 objects, selected because of their rarity, craftsmanship, or as important examples of particular methods of production or decoration.  It will include contributions by Brian Gallagher and Barbara Perry, the Mint’s current and former curators of Decorative Arts, as well as noted ceramics scholars Diana Edwards, Patricia Halfpenny, Maurice Hillis, and Letitia Roberts.


The Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph closed to the public and most museum staff effective March 31 to enable de-installation of British ceramics. Many of those objects were put in place with the construction of that portion of the museum, which was added on to the original Mint building in 1983. The detailed study of these objects will later contribute to a plan to re-install the gallery and add more recent acquisitions from the Mint’s permanent collection.

The Mint’s collection of British pottery and ceramics numbers over 2,000 items, and includes one of the most in-depth collections of Staffordshire pottery to be found in the United States. It also holds representative examples of ceramics from most of the major eighteenth-century porcelain factories, including Chelsea, Bow, Longton Hall, Bristol, and others.


For questions about the closure of the Delhom Gallery, please contact Leigh Dyer at 704.337.2009 or

Above image: Pear-Shaped Sugar Bowl and Teapot, circa 1760, lead-glazed earthenware. Staffordshire, England. Delhom Collection.



In response to strong shopper demand for merchandise associated with two special exhibitions on view at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, the Mint Museum Uptown Shop is expanding its hours of operation. Effective April 1, the shop has now added Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. to its normal Wednesday-Sunday hours of operation. (The museum galleries remain closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays). Mint Museum Uptown Shop hours are now 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information or recommendations of merchandise for Mother’s Day or other seasonal stories, please contact Shop Manager Sandy Fisher at or 704.337.2038.


The change was prompted by the opening of two special exhibitions at Mint Museum Uptown: Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, & Fashion, on view through August 10, 2014; and Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, on view through July 20, 2014. A variety of merchandise related to both exhibitions, as well as other temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, is available in the shop. More information available at