Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Potters Market Invitational Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle support the Delhom Service League's work to promote the ceramics arts through free, public programming as well as support for the Mint Museum's ceramics collections.
The winners of each piece are noted below.
This stoneware jug is 12" high and approximately 7.5" in diameter, and was fired in a wood kiln with a salt glaze and a Nebular Purple glaze. This is one of Ben's newer glazes and it is quite striking to see the way small crystals form against a rich navy background around the rim. Retail value $350.
Winner: Kristen Horne
This stoneware planter is 15" in diameter and 9"high, has a beautiful carved design on the exterior, and was wood-fired with a salt glaze. The piece includes a saucer base. An added feature of this raffle piece is that it will be planted by The Royal Gardens (courtesy of the Charlotte Garden Club) to allow you to see the full effect of the plants combined with the pottery. The winner of the raffle gets to keep the plants, but must pick up the planter the day of the show. Retail value of the planter alone $200.
Winner: Harriet Sealey
This dish is 5.25" in diameter and approximately 1.5" high. It has been decorated, including the underside, with Becky's intricate sgraffito work. In this technique, hand thrown porcelain is coated with black terra sigalatta slip, which Becky then carves with a very sharp knife to expose the white porcelain underneath. Retail value $395.
Winner: Ruth Bendersky
This set of wood-fired, salt-glazed dishes consists of 2 noodle bowls (4” high, 7” diameter at the rim), 2 smaller plates (6.5” square) and 2 larger plates (8.5” square). If you have eaten at the popular Charlotte restaurant Futa Buta, you will recognize these dishes as Will made all the dishes used in their service. Retail value of the set $274.
Winner: Marybeth Dugan
This jug is approximately 12.5” high and 7” in diameter. It was wheel-thrown using a light-colored stoneware clay made from regional raw clays of North Carolina. The fossil fish was created by freehand slip-trailing a white slip on a dark slip ground applied before a cream colored matte glaze was applied overall. There are also some spots of Manganese glaze under the matte glaze that bloom and flow in a pleasing manner. The jug was fired in a gas kiln to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Retail value $300.
Winner: Nanette Baltz
This “marble” pot is 12” in diameter and approximately 8” high. The pot was wheel-thrown, burnished, and coated with terra sigillata slip, and bisque fired. Then a wax resist is used to create the patterns that form through a 2 stage firing process; the first a low temperature salt firing, the second a sawdust firing. Retail value $300.
Winner: Catherine Conto