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The pottery of Larry and Sue Anderson will be on display in the Union lobby until
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Local crafts on exhibit
By MEREDITH CREWS
The hand-made porcelain and stoneware pottery in the showcases bring back the
days when beautiful and practical utensils (instead of assembly-line plastics)
covered the dinner table.
Larry and Sue Anderson, whose pottery is exhibited in the showcases of the
Carolina Union South Gallery, believe pots should be a visual and functional
delight for the owner.
"The forms of our pots are simple and classic and the glazes are colorful with vivid
designs," Sue Anderson said.
The Andersons, from Hillsborough, gave up their former professions and have
been making pottery since 1972.
Larry was a social worker and Sue a French teacher before they decided to make
their craft into a career. In 1972, the Andersons began to form their pots, vases, and
plates at their home in Hillsborough. They sell their wares through Anders Hill
Pottery, also located in Hillsborough.
"Our friends thought we had made a drastic decision when we began to devote all
of our time to pottery," Sue said. "But we had always planned to do this."
At their home workshop, Larry forms the stoneware and porcelain objects on the
potter's wheel, while Sue experiments with the glazes and designs on the pottery.
"Our pots are ovenproof, dishwasher-proof and lead-free," she said. "Most of the
pieces we brought for the exhibit are decorative rather than functional, though."
But the Andersons also make functional pottery. This includes mugs, serving
bowls, pitchers, ashtrays, teacups, earrings, soup tureens, porcelain mirrors,
canisters, vases, and dinnerware.
"M ost of our production work (functional pieces) are made by workers at Anders
Hill who design after our prototypes," she said. "We try to make our work employ
beauty and function."
The Andersons have exhibited their work at several craft shows and exhibitions.
"A porcelain platter that we're exhibiting in the showcases was accepted in the
39th Annual Artist Exhibition in Raleigh," Sue said. "We're not going to sell this
piece for obvious reasons.
"A man saw one of our pots and said he wanted to buy it as soon as the Carolina
Union exhibition is finished."
The prices of Anders Hill Pottery vary according to size, design, and the time
spent making the piece.
"The large earthen pot costs around $ 1 50," Sue said. "It took me about two weeks
to build it because 1 didn't use the potters' wheel."
A 10-inch mauve and aqua vase, displayed in the Carolina Union case, sells for
Work from Anders Hill Pottery will be displayed in the showcases until Oct. 7.
The Andersons also will give a demonstration of their pottery-making techniques 1 1
a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Pit.
Ahders Hill Pottery is open every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. four miles south of
Hillsborough. Brochures about their pottery are available at the Carolina Union
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By MELAN1E MODLIN
Asst. Arts Editor
Ask someone to name a notable
Chapel Hill musician and you're likely
to hear the following names: James
Taylor, Kay Kyser, and, in some circles,
Robert Porco o
Porco, 36, assumed the post of
director of choral music at UNC last
year, and conducts the Carolina Choir,
Chamber Singers, and Men's Glee Club.
Although now securely settled in a high
ceiling office in newly renovated Person
Hall, there was a time when he was
searching for the right branch of music
in which-4o specialize.
"It was actually quite by accident that
I got intoconductingatall,"he says. His
quest included such unusual twists and
turns as accordion lessons at age six and
playing piano with a dance band at Ohio
State University. There he also
accomplished the more respectable feat
of earning two bachelor degrees, in
voice education and music theory, plus a
Porco came to Chapel Hill in 1965 as
a doctoral candidate in musicology, but
was soon to swap his scholarly pursuits
for a stint as a conductor. A
"temporary" director was needed for the
Men's Glee Club when its leader left on
sabbatical, but the combination of
Porco and the men singers proved such
a good one that he has remained in
charge of the group ever since.
Something about Chapel Hill was
attractive enough to induce Porco to
stay in North Carolina. He admits that
the college community does have a
certain youthful zest, and seems pleased
to count several students as his close
friends. "Still, 1 think the respect of the
students is more important to me than
having their friendship," he is quick to
The atmosphere on stage at rehearsal
time, while not tense, is one of
professionalism. In the case of the
Carolina Choir, 55 persons standing
remarkably silent, their sole concern
finding and mastering the notes. When
the session adjourns at 1:50, what had
been intense concentration lapses into
loud conversation and laughter, and
Porco relaxes from his formal role as
"I get my greatest satisfaction
watching a group that 1 conduct grow,
not only in the course of one year, but as
a sort of tradition over the years. 1 really
enjoy watching students wanting to be
better to see their standards
becoming higher and higher."
But Porco also expresses regrets
about the state of the arts here. For
example, only 196 people auditioned for
choral organizations at Carolina this
year less than 1 percent of the student
"It probably sounds like a snobbish or
aristocratic view, but very few people at
Carolina seem to be aware of classical
music. More encouragement is needed
from the top down." he says with
Perhaps for the benefit of Chapel
Hillians who do favor classical music,
Porco has undertaken a very ambitious
project, the Mass in R minor by Johann
Sebastian Bach, which will be
performed by the Carolina Choir and
Chamber Singers in February.
Considered by some to be the greatest
mass ever written, the thought of
performing it was to Porco, at first, "an
"Many great conductors and
performers have been associated with
the piece, and in light of this, I found
myself thinking, 'Should I be doing
this?' " The thought of conducting the
work is "very humbling, rather
frightening, hut 1 think in the end it will
Asked if he had any unfulfilled
dreams, Porco quickly shot back with,
"bartending in Bermuda," but retracted
it just as quickly in favor of something
more in keeping with the dignity he
assigns to the topic of music.
"I think I'd like to get into full-time
professional conducting, with more
emphasis on orchestral work," he says,
also admitting that only a very tempting
offer would lure him away from the
University. He cites Carolina's strong
points to be the excellent facilities and
t he degree of independence he is given in
Robert Porco is now beginning his
1 Ith year on the faculty at Carolina and
appears pleased with the fruits that
some of his projects are starting to bear.
Of course, he admits that there are
always higher goals for which to strive.
"Music is my job, it is the thing I love
most, and it is my hobby as well. 1
simply can't imagine functioning
without it. As frustrating as it is to
occasionally fall short of perfection, 1
don't think 1 could ever leave the field
and sit on the sidelines."
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