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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, September 02, 1993, Image 17

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mum under the sun INSIDE THIS SECTION: THE BRUNSWICKftBf ACON LP BSporfs, Pages 6-10 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1993 H L ? _i 11 WmmrMFishing reports, 1 I HIROSHI SUEYOSHI'S pottery is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian 's Renwick Gallery. -V*; f - ' r HHmv; " ELLEN JONES of Long Beach works on hand-building a " trea sure box. " wm - - 9 Hi HA 1.1)1(1 A of Southport etches designs along the border of a hand-built piece. LAURA SPATHOLT of Calabsh attends pottery classes twice a week in Southport. Expressions In Clay Students Explore The Functional, Sculptural Art Of Pottery Shall tlw clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou ? ? Isaiah 45:9 TEXT AND PHOTOS BY LYNN CARI-SON This is my ceremonial cup," the potter joked, applying a few design touches to a cylindrical clay vessel big enough to hold two gallons of liquid. "This is not what it started out to be. but this is what the clay told me it want ed to be." So who says a cup has to be 6 to 8 ounces, any way? Or that it even has to look like a cup? Certainly not Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Japanese-born potter and teacher guiding a friendly group of novices and experienced amateur potters through hand-throwing, hand-building, glaze-making and decorative techniques at the Franklin Square pot tery studio in Southport. The students are studying pottery through Brunswick Community College; Hiroshi is a vis iting instructor from Cape Fear Community Col lege holding four six-hour workshops with them. An award-winning potter whose work is on permanent display in the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, Hiroshi has assigned the fashioning of a ceremonial cup. as well as a treasure box, to the students. The Japanese take their ceremony very serious ly, he advises; even the act of getting up and drinking coffee can be one As for treasure boxes, he's not looking for something to stow jewelry in. rather a work of clay which symbolizes anything that the potter treasures. Hiroshi learned pottery 23 years after first pur suing engineering ("I didn't like it") and industri al design ("you can't express too much of your own opinion"). What appealed to him was pot tery's outlets for both functional and sculptural expression. Pottery, after all, is one of the world's most en during crafts, its oldest and most widespread art. Primitive peoples fashioned pots and bowls of baked clay for their daily use. Clay tablets and other objects are critical to the archaeological process of dating settlements and civilizations. And. closer to home, pottery has a place in the history of North Carolina. Potters settled Jugtown in Randolph County around 1 750, and today, fifth generation potters continue family traditions of both functional and artistic pottery in the Seagrove community near Asheboro. Laura Spatholt, a student in Hiroshi's work shop, drives from Calabash to Southport twice a week for pottery classes, and has for two years. "It beats work," says Jamie Smith of Southport, working a potter's wheel side-by -side with Spatholt. "It is work," Spatholt replies, "except at work 1 feel a little more in control of what I'm doing." At the end of their second session, Hiroshi's students are clay-spattered, while Hiroshi, except for his hands, remains relatively clean. Some are working on potter's wheels, others using their hands and various tools to hand-build their pro jects. He moves quietly around the room, answer (See STUDENTS, Page 4-B) Wilmington PRIMARY CARE, pa 1990 South 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 (919)762-7071 We are pleased to announce the opening of our new practice. Marcus Rey Williams, M.D. Fred Van Nynatten, M.D. Board Certified Internal Medicine Comprehensive Adolescent and Adult Medical Care By Appointment BC/BS COSTWISE ? PHP ? MEDICARE Superior Care By Qualified Professionals

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