Originally from Miami, FL, I developed an interest in pottery after writing a couple of stories on potters for The Enquirer Journal in Monroe, NC. I settled in the area in the 1980s, covering Seagrove for the Courier-Tribune in Asheboro. I stepped behind the potter's wheel full time in 1986, when I opened up WILD ROSE POTTERY in Whynot, just south of Seagrove. I now own and operate FROM THE GROUND UP, just south of Seagrove. I also play Irish flute.
We unloaded the kiln today and in spite of the mishaps, it was a good firing. I took a lot of pictures, and I'll take some more tomorrow, but for now, I'll share my favorite from the firing (above). The pitcher is thrown with local clay that I dig on my land. I get a lot of bloating in the clay, but every now and then I get a piece that works, like this one. The white flashing slip is a recipe from Ben Owen which includes some King's Mountain clay.
Levi's big pot got some nice flashing
It gets hot when you climb into a 270-degree kiln to unload the pots