Kiln openings

Mark Hewitt Pottery > Kiln openings

2020 is a year of firsts, and for the first time our Holiday Kiln Opening Sale, will run, BY APPOINTMENT, from THANKSGIVING WEEKEND to DECEMBER 23rd!   We have hundreds of beautiful pots of all shapes, sizes and prices from our recent firing, Firing 104, and we can’t wait to share them with you! Come enjoy a safe and fun visit to the pottery. Our large barn/showroom allows for easy physical distancing. Face coverings required. We are booking only a handful of appointments per hour, so you can bring your family/friends/pod with you if you wish. Click HERE to make your appointment today!

Kiln Opening North Carolina

If the time slot you want is taken, give us a call and we will find a convenient time for you. If you need an appointment where you are the only person/pod here, please call us at 919-542-2371 or email sales and we will happily arrange that.

Kiln Openings ~ BC and now

Before COVID: For the past 20 some years we have held three Kiln Opening Sales each year, one in the Spring, another in late Summer, and the third the first two weekends in December. We send postcards and emails to everyone on our Mailing List a few weeks before each Sale. Kiln Openings are fun, lively events, with plenty of pots for everyone. There are 1000 – 1500 in each firing and most of those are on the shleves and table pots each Kiln Opening. Light refreshments are provided in Mark’s workshop. Kiln Openings are festive occasions, with lots of good chat, and a chance to talk with Mark about the pots and the pottery. Visitors can tour the pottery workshop, wander inside the kilns, and enjoy the lovely country setting, surrounded by our meadows and pond. Children are always welcome – in fact we have a swing set just to make their visit more enjoyable!

Then came 2020.  We were forced to furlough our two apprentices, postpone our spring firing and cancel our Spring Kiln Opening. Mark fired the gas kiln a couple of times which resulted in far fewer pots, but the results were lovely. We created and opened an online store, which has been wonderful for so many customers from around the country and beyond who can’t get to our kiln openings. We have also shipped many pots to people right here in the Triangle area of NC when we were all cautiously keeping our distance. Eventually we put together a quarantined crew to pack and fire the kiln and we figured out a way to hold a Summer Kiln Opening by extending it from 4 days to 9 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 are doing that again. Which leads us to….now! And to our Holiday Kiln Opening 2020!

Again this year we are part of the Chatham Studio Artists Tour, that is held the first two weekends in December. We are #26!  The tour runs:
Saturday, December 5th 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 6th  noon-5pm
Saturday, December 5th 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 6th  noon-5pm
Watch for the red triangles throughout Chatham County!
You need to book an appointment for those dates as well.

As always, children are welcome – we have swings!

Looking ahead: We are planning on 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 get a postcard and/or email about our kiln openings, including sneak preview photos a few days before the kiln opening, please click here.

Other opportunities to purchase pots?

If you can’t get here for a Kiln Opening, you are always welcome to call us for an appointment and come at a more convenient time (919) 542-2371. We also ship pots all around the world, from our online store.

Who made what?

For help identifying which potter – Mark or his apprentices  – made 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:)