Ben Owen III to close CVCC Potters’ Workshop Lecture Series

Ben Owen III PhotoThe Catawba Valley Community College Potters’ Workshop lecture series concludes with American studio potter and Seagrove native, Ben Owen III on Thursday evening, March 19. His presentation will continue along the series’ theme “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition Alive through Contemporary Works.” Owen will discuss how he merges tradition and vision in his work, as he honors the historic Owen aesthetic while creating a new, unique body of work.

Owen was born into a traditional pottery family and was introduced to clay at eight years old. At 13, Owen’s unusual level of interest and natural talent led to an apprenticeship with both his father and grandfather.

Like his grandfather, Owen’s pottery reflects a foundation of traditional designs as well as Asian translations. Owens works are included in numerous museum collections including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC; the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, NM; the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Art in Alfred, NY; and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. He has also received many awards and honors, including North Carolina Living Treasure, 2004; and induction into the North Caroliniana Society.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium, located in the Administrative Building on the main campus at 2550 HWY 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602. The event is open to the public and free to all guests.

The workshop seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The goal is to provide contemporary instruction using local, historical methods and materials to make pottery.

For more information, please visit, or call the Workshop at 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.


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