Sid Luck Hosts Kiln Opening Aug. 23
Fifth-generation potter Sid Luck will be hosting the 10th annual Luck Legacy Kiln Opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at his pottery shop in Seagrove.
Joining Luck will be former and current apprentice potters who have studied under him, as well as guest potters Kevin Brown and Sandy Cole of Sanford's North Cole Pottery.
In 1957, by age 12, Sid Luck began turning for the J.B. Cole Pottery in Seagrove. With the encouragement of local potters such as Waymon Cole and Nell Cole Graves, he continued turning off and on for the next 30 years. A four-year hitch in the Marines, stints at Sandhills Community College followed by a degree in chemistry from North Carolina State University, and high school teaching jobs in Florida and North Carolina then took precedence over pottery.
Luck opened Luck's Ware on a part-time basis in 1987 at its current location and used both gas and electric kilns. Three years later he left teaching to pursue his pottery dream full time. In 1994, Luck was honored as the recipient of the Living Treasure of North Carolina Award given by UNC at Wilmington's Museum of World Cultures. He was the subject of two 1999 documentaries, "Crawdad Slip" and "Luck's Legacy," by Jim Sharkey. Luck and his sons, Jason and Matt, were featured in 2001 in the UNC-TV's Folkways series on "The Potters of Seagrove," hosted by David Holt. In 2006, Luck was nominated by the North Carolina Arts Council for inclusion in the Southern Artistry registry, a joint effort of the Southern Arts Federation (SAF) and the Center for Arts Management & Technology at Carnegie Mellon (CAMT).
Luck's Ware salt-glazed pottery is fired in a groundhog kiln built in 2003 by Sid, son Matt, apprentice Caroline Smith and a host of volunteers. Bricks from the kilns of Sid's father and grandfather were used in the construction.
Pottery is fired with wood over a period of about 15 hours, culminating in salt being introduced about an hour before the end of the firing.
A wide range of traditional, utilitarian pottery, including salt-glazed pottery, will be available for sale. Salt-fired pottery can also be purchased directly from the groundhog kiln that will be opened at 11 a.m.
There will be free food and cold drinks as well as bluegrass music by Steel Magnolia to be enjoyed in addition to the pottery. There is no charge for admission.
The pottery is located at 1606 Adams Road. For further information, call (336) 879-3261, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at www.luck sware.com.
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