100th Firing Celebration

From April 1-3, 2019 Mark and his apprentices and helpers fired the kiln Mark built in 1983 for the 100th time. This momentous occasion called for a memorable celebration!

It was Easter weekend and the start of Passover. Saturday was National Pot Day, Look-a-Like day, and Lima Bean Day. Sunday was Big Word Day, British National Tea Day, and Bulldogs are Beautiful Day. Monday was Earth Day, but by then we were cleaning up our corner of the earth & resting after all the festivities!

It was even Go Fly a Kite Day!

We were honored to throw a big thank you event for our customers support and encouragement – for buying pots, bringing families and friends, becoming our friends, and generally making these least 36 years so eventful and rewarding.  

IT WAS A BLAST! Our families came from near and far. Past apprentices, people we hadn’t seen in years, local friends and newcomers.

About 1000 people came on Saturday, and another 400 on Sunday!
We had soooo much fun!

THANK YOU for helping us celebrate this important milestone in Mark’s potting career.

Here’s what we did.
I hope you got to join in the fun!


Friday, April 19th

Live Music! The weekend kicked off with Even Trade, Carol’s brother Dan, and his son Luca, headlining at the City Tap in downtown Pittsboro from 8:30-11pm!

Saturday, April 20th

8 – 8:45am Preview ~ a chance to view the pots in the barn, no sales or reservations at this time. (Everyone got a number and got back in line at 8:45 in that same order.)

9am – 5pm Kiln Opening Sale ~ all pots were stamped with ‘100’ and the makers mark.

We even had t-shirts and hats! We have a few left. If you’d like one, use this form and I’ll contact you.

9am – 1pm Mr A’s Beignets Food Truck ~ fresh beignets, little pillows of deep fried dough that get rave reviews!

Arlton Cangelosip (Mr. Al) making his authentic, delicious beignets.

11am – 2pm Dumplings! ~ Kim Hunter, of Kimbap fame, now Umma Foods, served Korean dumplings (veggie.)

Kim Hunter teaching a class on how to make delicious dumplings!

12 – 3 pm Locopops! ~ yummy locally crafted popsicles

Children love Locopops, and we love children!

12 – 2pm Tommy Edwards & LaNelle Davis ~ ever popular LaNelle Davis, late of the band Big Medicine, and The Bluegrass Experience’s award-winning Tommy Edwards played traditional music performed with guitar, bass, and banjo ~ original songs along with some folk, country and bluegrass favorites.

12-4pm Southern BBQ pork sliders ~ Bread Shop buns filled with locally raised, whole hog, wood-fired barbecue and homemade coleslaw from Picnic in Durham.

1pm – 100th Firing Birthday Cake Cutting made by The Country Bakeress! 

2 – 3pm Kiln-side Chat- this was fabulous! and we will post a recording at some point.

Lively conversation among renown pottery scholars ~ Christopher Benfey (Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College), Henry Glassie (Professor Emeritus of Folklore, University of Indiana), Louise Cort (Curator Emerita for Ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution) and Terry Zug (Professor Emeritus of Folklore and English, UNC Chapel Hill.)

3 – 4:30pm Onyx Club Duo of Dave Smith & Gabe Pelli ~ original songs and some of the gypsy jazz that’s made them famous!

3 – 5pm Local Cheese Boards from Angelina’s Kitchen ~ featured an array of local cheeses, Chicken Bridge bread, dried fruit and nuts and more….

3 – 5pm Under the Oak Farm Charcuterie Spread – Blake uses sustainably local raised beef and pork to create an exquisite array of charcuterie.

9am -5pm Larry’s Coffee and Local Pastries ~ as usual, all day long, there was Larry’s Coffee, Joan’s homemade muffins and cookies, and Phoenix Bakery brownies in the workshop! And the first picking of strawberries from our neighbors, Phillips Farms!

Sunday, April 21

 Noon – 5pm Kiln Opening Pottery Sale continued

12 – 3pm Yee Haw Donuts ~ fresh made cake style Sweet Potato Donuts

2 – 4pm Homeland Creamery ~ Make-your-own ice cream cone!

3 – 5pm Empanada Republic ~ delicious, traditional Argentinean Empanadas made by Fabian Lujan and Sandra Sarlinga.