Kiln openings

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Our next Kiln Opening will be sometime in June, and add the dates as soon as they are finalized. To be notified via email and/or postcard, please sign up here.

Kiln Opening North Carolina

Kiln Openings ~ BC and now

Before COVID: For the past 25+ years, when we fire a load of about 1500 pots in one our massive wood-burning kilns we hold a “Kiln Opening.” We unpack the kiln, clean and price all the pots, load up the shelves and tables in our barn/showroom, send out a postcard and email, not some social media posts, and we open up to the public for two lively weekends of selling pots. Before 2020, we held Kiln Openings in the Spring, late Summer, and the first two weekends in December. Kiln Openings were fun, festive events, with plenty of pots for everyone. Light refreshments were served in Mark’s workshop. Kiln Openings drew customers, friends, and family from far and wide offering a time for lots of good chat, a chance to tour the pottery workshop, wander inside the kilns and enjoy our lovely country setting surrounded by the meadows and pond, and a time to talk with Mark about the pots and the pottery. Children were always welcome (still are) ~ we have a swing set and playhouse just to make their visit more enjoyable!

Then came 2020.¬† In March 2020 we were forced to furlough our two apprentices and cancel our spring firing and Spring Kiln Opening. Mark fired the smaller gas kiln a couple of times which resulted in far fewer pots, but the results were lovely.In lieu of sales here at the pottery, we created and opened an online store, which has been wonderful for customers from around the country and beyond who weren’t able to come to our kiln openings.

We also shipped pots to people right here in the Triangle are of NC when we were all cautiously keeping our distance. Eventually we put together a quarantined crew to pack and fire the big wood kiln and we figured out a way to hold a safe Summer Kiln Opening by extending it from two weekends to nine full days, and scheduling appointments so there were only a few people here at any given time. It was different, and maybe a bit less festive, but it was a success, and the feedback we got was that folks loved having their own appointment!

So, we did it again for our Holiday Kiln Opening 2020. We opened up on Black Friday, November 27th, and were open for at least a few hours a day, and all day on weekends, almost daily until December 23rd!

We took a short break, but are now open by appointment again. If you’d like to visit the pottery, please call 919-542-2371 or email us at sales@hewittpottery.com. We have a lovely selection of finely crafted pottery for yourself or for the perfect gift. We follow COVID guidelines, and our large barn/showroom makes physical distancing easy.

Looking ahead: We are planning only two firings in 2021 with Kiln Openings in June and December.
When we know the June dates we will post them here, and send out postcards and an email newsletter.
To receive a postcard and/or email about our kiln openings, including sneak preview photos a few days before the kiln opening, please sign up here.

Other opportunities to purchase pots?

We ship pots all around the world, from our online store.

Who made what?

For help identifying which potter РMark or his apprentices  Рmade the various pots on sale here you can view information about the stamps they each put on the bottom of their pots here.

Thanks for reading all this! We hope to see you here are the pottery one day soon:)