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Bruce Gholson in his studioSamantha Henneke

Covered Jar decorated with dots by Samantha HennekeDotted mug by Samantha Henneke

Short Biography

Seagrove potter Samantha Henneke is co-owner, with Bruce Gholson, of Bulldog Pottery.  Samantha was born in Tallahassee, Florida and moved with her family to Blacksburg, Virginia where she celebrated her first birthday. Both parents worked at Virginia Tech, her father is a professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and her mother worked as an executive administrative assistant in the Physics Department. Samantha attended Virginia Tech and took a ceramics class in the spring of 1991, immediately falling in love with Alfred University in the fall of 1992. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1995. Samantha and Bruce moved to Seagrove, NC in 1997 and founded Bulldog Pottery.

Artist's Statement

I respond to working with smooth texture clays such as porcelain or white stoneware for the brilliant color response glazes have when applied to its white surface.   I enjoy decorating the surface of the pots I make, and many times I will design the clay forms for particular glazing techniques.  My approach to surface decoration varies depending on my choice of glazes, the type of firing, and my current mood.   Sometimes I like to decorate my decorative functional pottery with a simple swirl of slip or numerous dots can be an example of how a tight patterning can affect ones vision which creates an op-art effect of movement and vibrations. Other times I will use intricate techniques for imagery such as cuerda seca.   I am fascinated and inspired by the intricacies of the insect world. Our molybdenum crystalline glazes and its unusual star pattern and iridescence reminds me of insects' iridescence body colors. When creating my ceramic wall paintings I enjoy juxtaposing insects, flora, and sometimes figures together to create fantastical garden scenes.

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Samantha Henneke Resume (click to open)

Birth Date: September 26, 1970

Birth Place: Tallahassee , Florida

Education:
1992-1995 New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, BFA in Ceramics, Cum Laude, Deans List: four semesters
1988-1992 Virginia Polytechnic Institute, GPA 3.2

Work Experience:
2000-… Studio Potter and partner at Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove , NC
Aug 1997-2000 Potter and designer at Dover Pottery Seagrove, NC
Aug 1995-97 Studio Potter, and part-time glaze researcher at Moore-Merkowitz Tile Company in Alfred , NY
1997 Adjunct Professor at Alfred University , Liberal Arts Pottery, spring semester
1990-1992 Virginia Tech Slide Room Assistant, cleaning, masking, mounting, and cataloging

Collections
2009 Scott Cornelius Design Studio Ltd. Bulldog table lamps in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution: Presently in the First Family's, Private Quarters of the White House 2008 Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile , AL
2006 Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NC State University , Raleigh
2005 Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte , NC

Selected Exhibitions:
2009 AKAR Yunomi Invitational, March 27-July, Iowa City , IA
2008 “Bulldog Pottery: New Works”, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Art Gallery, 60 pieces, October 3-November 2, Raleigh, NC
2008 “Potter's Market Invitational”, sponsored by the Delhom Service League 2008 Featured Artist along with Bruce Gholson at AKAR Design Gallery, September 29 – October 19, Iowa City , IA
2008 National Teapot Show VII, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor , NC
2008 Gen X: Post-Boomers and the New South, Mobile Museum of Art , Mobile , AL
2007 “Potter's Market Invitational”, sponsored by the Delhom Service League
2007 Bulldog Pottery Exhibition at the London Square Gallery, May 5 – July 4, Norfolk , VA
2007 “The Natural World”, 90 pieces of Bulldog Pottery in a group exhibition, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, January 25 – May 13, NC State University, Raleigh , NC
2006 “Bulldog Pottery: New Works”, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Art Gallery, 130 pieces, October 6-November 26, Raleigh, NC
2006 “Potter's Market Invitational”, sponsored by the Delhom Service League, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte , NC
2006 “ North Carolina Pottery from the Elizabeth and Leo Kohn Collection”, Levine Gallery, Mint Museum of Art, Aug 5 – Nov 5, Charlotte , NC
2006 “Color and Memory”, The Rye Arts Center , Rye , NY
2006 Tea Bowl Invitational, Hardeman Gallery, Mercer University , Macon , GA
2005 “Potter's Market Invitational”, sponsored by the Delhom Service League, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte , NC
2004 “Southern Mugs”, Southern Pottery Work center and Gallery, Columbia , SC
2004 “Flora, Fauna, Fossils, Crystals, and Clay”, 117 pieces of Bulldog Pottery at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Art Gallery, October 1 – November 28
2004 “A Family Affair”, Pannonia Gallery, Blacksburg , VA 2004 “Southern Pitchers”, Southern Pottery Work center and Gallery, Columbia , SC
2004 ”Seven Studios from Seagrove: Legacy takes a Detour”, Burroughs-C Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach , SC
2003 “Four Potteries”, a Group Show at Moring Arts Center 's Main Gallery, Asheboro , NC
2001 “Strictly Functional Pottery National”, Lancaster Museum of Art , Lancaster , PA
1999 “Wood-fired…A Living Pottery Tradition”, exhibit at the North Carolina Pottery Center Publications:
2008 500 Platters and Chargers, juried by Linda Arbuckle, Lark Books, Sterling Publ. Co., New York
2006 “Feats of Clay” Our State Down Home in North Carolina, magazine article by Eden Foster, July,
2006, 100-108 2006 500 Animals, Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, juried by J Joe Bova, Lark Books, Sterling Publ. Co., New York 2006 Brown, Charlotte Vestal, The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove – The Folk pottery of a Legendary North Carolina Community, Lark Books, Sterling Pub. Co., New York 2006 500 Pitchers – Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form, juried by Terry Gess, Lark Books, Sterling Pub. Co., New York

Honors and Activities:
1997 summer Pottery Assistant at Peter's Valley Craft Center , New Jersey
1993 Junior Functional Design Award, Alfred University