Preview Gallery April 2016


Adrian King’s pots

Happy Spring everyone!

Here we are again with the sun shining bright, and spring in full bloom.  Along with Mother Nature, we have been working hard here at the pottery. Between developing new glazes to be fired in Mark’s three chamber alkaline glaze kiln, testing new materials, and processing rocks into glazes, it has been an immensely busy four months.

This has also been my last making cycle here at Mark’s, and needless to say it will be a bittersweet departure. The past three and a half years have flown by, and I have learned more than I could have imagined.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I was given and will remember and cherish everything I have learned and everyone I have met for the rest of my life.

My next journey in life is bringing me to Portland, Maine where I will be working for the Maine College of Art as the Ceramics Studio Manager.  For the next few years I will be working towards developing new work of my own and beginning my life as a professional potter.  I hope that you will all follow me along in my future.

Thank you all for the endless support and kindness that you have bestowed upon me during my time here in North Carolina.


Hamish Jackson’s pots

It’s been nearly a year since I joined the Hewitt Pottery, and I’m still smiling. This firing cycle has been particularly busy on account of Mark’s plan to develop a bunch of new glazes using local materials. It’s been very exciting to see granite and other rock taken from their raw state, calcined in our gas kiln, broken up into tiny particles in the ball mill and powdered in order to be to be made into glazes. Through much experimentation and trial and error we’ve ended up with some spectacular glazes.

Collecting and processing the raw materials was hard work, but now that the firing is over, we feel the fruits of our labors and it’s very satisfying. It’s magic to me to see how you can take a great slab of granite and turn it into a glaze with very little additional material. I’m used to public studios where glazes are made with a myriad of purchased bags of materials from all over the world, so it’s nice to see how it can be done with local ingredients.

In terms of my pots, I feel like they’re getting better. Still some way to go, but I’m happy with the way many of them came out of the kiln. Some of my favorites are the small items – the kiln fillers – the espresso cups and the shot glasses. I’m also fond of the casserole dishes, and all the promise of delicious stews they will surely hold.

Quick update on the livestock: our 19 chickens are doing very well and laying at least a dozen eggs a day for us. Life is good.

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Stillman Browning-Howe

IMG_3923Hello, my name is Stillman Browning-Howe. I’m the newest apprentice here at Hewitt Pottery. My love for clay started before I could walk, spending summers throwing shapes at my aunt’s house, who runs Sarah’s House of Clay in Durham, NC.

After moving to Pittsboro five years ago, I served an apprenticeship with Jonathan Davis at Locally Grown Art, one of the only lampworking glass studios in the area. Since the New Year, I’ve been here at the pottery studio learning the ins and outs: how the glazes are mixed, where the materials go, and all the other small details that help a studio run smoothly.

I’m excited for my official apprenticeship starting this summer firing. Come back in August to see my work!

PREVIEW Firing Kay – April 2016

I’m delighted by the results of our recent firing! The pots are the culmination of six months of glaze testing using North Carolina granites and feldspars. The resulting indigenous celadons are stunning. The pots we make are a direct expression of where we live, a manifestation of our beautiful place. The clays we use are wild, and the glazes are increasingly made from native rocks, reflecting and extending the North Carolina ceramic tradition of gathering raw materials locally. They echo Chinese and Thai celadons, and likewise are reminiscent of glazes developed in Edgefield, SC, in the early 19th century by Abner Landrum, Thomas Chandler, and Colin Rhodes.

What’s been accomplished has been the result of a huge team effort, I couldn’t have done it without a little help from my friends.

This has been Adrian’s last production cycle and firing, and he stepped up magnificently, making handsome, mature pots, and adorning them with a dizzying display of decorative delights. After three and a half years here he’s moving back to Maine, where he’ll be working at his alma mater, the Maine College of Art, in Portland. It’s been a treat to work alongside such a talented potter and I look forward to watching his pots develop as he moves towards setting up his own workshop. Best of luck, old chap! And thanks.

Hamish has been steadily picking up steam, making sweeter and bigger pots as he acquires confidence and proficiency. His knowledge of the rhythms of workshop and the considerate ways he makes suggestions are greatly appreciated. His assiduous note taking has also come in handy! Thank you Hamish!

Stillman’s labors and happy disposition made a huge difference this cycle. Firing the newer kiln required additional work, and his youthful energy has been a marvel to behold. He made few pots this cycle, and we look forward to more when his apprenticeship officially begins this upcoming cycle. Welcome Stillman!