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Blaine Avery

Blaine Avery Contemporary Ceramics

View Blaine Avery’s works featured on Ceramics Now Magazine

Blaine’s work has been exhibited nationally in several solo and group gallery exhibitions exhibitions, like the “Strictly Functional National” in Lancaster Pennsylvania, NC State Craft Center’s “From These Hands” in Raleigh, NC. His work can be seen in publications such as Ceramics Monthly and Lark Books’ 500 Bowls and Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firing. Along with private and corporate collections, his work is included in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Blaine Avery has been a studio potter since 1991. He took a position apprenticing with Sid Oakley at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC. After a year under Sid’s direction, Blaine stayed on at Cedar Creek, renting studio space as a resident artist, and selling his work through the gallery, along with other galleries throughout the southeast. 
In 2002, Blaine moved to Seagrove, NC to open his own retail gallery and studio, Avery Pottery & Tileworks. Today, Blaine sells his work primarily through his gallery, through select craft galleries and fine craft shows.

"Inspired by an amalgamation of ancient cultures, the gestural surface decorations on my work are applied with porcelain slip and under glazes at the green stage of the process. Layering the slip designs underneath the glaze creates a greater sense of depth that accentuates the contours of the forms. Pattern, rhythm, imagery and color are all used to complete the form, which is grounded in the bold and refined characteristics of traditional southern pottery." Blaine Avery

→ Blaine Avery will also be featured in the first printed issue of Ceramics Now Magazine.


Blaine Avery's C.V. (resume) - View his works

Owner Potter, Avery Pottery & Tileworks 2002-Present
Demonstrator, Vision Day New Hope Church, Durham NC 2011
Instructor, Workshop: Claymakers Durham NC Ceramic surface design 2009
Instructor, Workshop: Montgomery Community College 2005
Instructor, Workshop: Meredith College 2001, 2004
Instructor, Workshop: Triangle Potter’s Guild 2000, 2010
Exhibiting Member, Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild 2002-Present
Maintained personal studio at Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC 1993-2002
Ceramic Studio Manager and Pottery Instructor Cary Arts Center, Cary, NC 1993-2000
Potter’s Apprentice with North Carolina Living Treasure,
Sid Oakley, at Cedar Creek Pottery, Creedmoor, NC 1992-1993

“Ceramic Surface For Beginners: Surface, Glazing and Firing”, Lark Book Publications, 2010
 “500 Bowls” Lark Book Publications 2003
“Strictly Functional Pottery National” Giffen Tec. Inc. Award 2003
Ceramics Monthly November, 1999
Spectator Magazine November, 1998
Carolina Chronicle, NBC 17 — interview August, 1998
Cary News July, 1998
Fayetteville Observer-Times April 9, 1993
Henderson Daily Dispatch September 23, 1992

HOSPICE of Randolph County, NC custom tile installation 2010
Mint Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Charlotte, NC 2005
J. Walter Thompson 2003
Fladd and Associates Architects 2001
North Carolina Trust, Raleigh, NC 1999

North Carolina Crafts Gallery Carrboro NC 2011
Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh, NC 2001
North Carolina Craft Gallery, Carrboro, NC 2000, 2002
Collective Arts Gallery, Raleigh, NC 1999
Green Tara Gallery, Carrboro, NC 1998

“Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story” Campbell House, Arts council of Moore County 2010 
“The art of craft” Historic Rosedale Plantation Charlotte NC 2010
 “Carolina Designer Craftsmen, A Tradition of excellence” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor,
    NC 2010
“A New Generation of Seagrove Potters “ North Carolina Pottery Center
   Seagrove N.C.  2010
‘Drawn to clay: Vessels Emblazoned” Clayworks Durham N.C. 2009
“Shop Seagrove– Pottery Revisited” Cabarrus County Arts Council, Concord, NC 2008
   2009, 2010
“An Independent Spirit: The Potters of Seagrove Today” NC Pottery Center,
    Seagrove, NC 2008
“Sid Oakley: Artist, Mentor, Friend” NC State Gallery Of Art and Design 2006
“Made at Cedar Creek” – Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC 2007
“Carolina Designer Craftsman Member Show”, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC 2005
“Seagrove Area Potters Association” NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC 2005
“From Pantry to Pedestal”, High Point Museum of Art, High Point, NC 2005
“Connected in Clay”, Moore County Arts Guild, Southern Pines, NC 2004
“Seven Studios from Seagrove NC: Legacy Takes a Detour” Burroughs-Chapin Museum,
    Myrtle Beach, SC   2004
“Jugtown Area Potteries”, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA 2003, 2004
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA 2001, 2003, 2008
Giffen-Tech Award, 2003
“Mug Invitational” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC2001
“From These Hands” North Carolina State Craft Center, Raleigh, NC 2000
National Teapot Show, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011

NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
Mark of the Potter, Clarksville, GA
The Village Craftsman, Ockracoke Island, NC
Seven Sisters Gallery, Black Mountain, NC

Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Seagrove, NC 2008, 2009, 2010
Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC 2008
Mint Museum Invitational Potters Market 2005-2008, 2010
Carolina Designer Craftsmen 2002-2008
American Craft Council Sarasota, Florida 2001
American Craft Council Charlotte, NC 2001, 2004, 2008
Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, FL 2000
Lincoln Center Arts Festival, New York City, NY 2000, 2001
Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA 1999
Centerfest, Durham, NC 1998-2000
Rosen Wholesale Show, Philadelphia, PA 1997

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