Monday, January 31, 2011

Views of Displays for Heart Month!


February is HEART MONTH for the American Heart Association AND it's Valentine's Day!  In keeping with that theme, featured artists, jeweler / metalsmith Sara Westermark and fiber artist Louise Giordano have focused their displays on hearts and reds.  Here are some photos of these featured displays - through February 24 and our next Fourth Friday Gallery Night.  

PORT CITY POTTERY & FINE CRAFTS is open Monday - Saturday 10 -5:30; closed Sundays in January/February.  Two of our 18 talented artists work every day in our co-op gallery - come in, view our work, and meet the artists on duty.  Always interesting!  Always new items coming in!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Art Tour Across America Visits Wilmington!

Kerry and Paul Filiberto, owners of the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown MA visited Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts during their Art Tour Across America.  What an amazing and ambitious adventure!  During the winter season on Cape Cod, when their tourist town sleeps, they set out to visit art galleries and museums across the country and blog about their adventures: Art Tour Across America.  While in Wilmington, they visited The Cotton Exchange and included The Golden Gallery and Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts.

Pat Holleman and Dick Heiser were "on duty" that day, so you will see photos of them and their work.  Upon their recommendation, Kerry and Paul also visited New Elements Gallery, Justine's, and the Cameron Art Museum.  Read it here:

You can follow Kerry and Paul, read their views of the art scene in a variety of towns as they travel the United States.  It's a beautiful blog, well-written and designed.  We are grateful to the Filibertos for including Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts in their travels and write-up.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Great news for Sara Westermark!


Sara's work is showcased in this THIRD book from Lark Books: 30-Minute Rings. It's in pre-order from Amazon

The others are also available from Amazon.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 28 is Fourth Friday Gallery Night!

The galleries in downtown Wilmington celebrate Fourth Fridays by staying open until 9PM, offering refreshments, and showcasing the work of selected artists.  This Friday, January 28 is no different.

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts in The Cotton Exchange will begin the celebration of Heart Month, a function of the American Heart Association.  Two of our artists will be featured:  metalsmith and jeweler Sara Westermark, and fiber artist Louise Giordano.  A percentage of their proceeds throughout the month, along with Dianne Masi, Pat Holleman, Sybil West, Debbie Williams, and Mary Beth Cook, will support this cause.

Please join us, meet the artists and view their work, have some wine and other refreshments, and support the efforts of our artists.  Included here is a preview of work specifically designed by our featured artists for Heart Month.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Iris Simmons on Exhibition in San Francisco!

Textural Rhythms Exhibition opens next week, January 28, in San Francisco at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and runs through April 2011.  Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition is a juried exhibition of 64 quilt artists from around the country.  Jazz, like quilting, is a woven art form.  Curated by Carolyn Mazloomi.

Iris' work below is the exhibited piece in this show.  Congratulations to Iris!

Quilted Art by Iris Simmons, Wilmington NC
Jazz Remembrances

More of Iris Simmons' work on display in our gallery at Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Going! Going! But NOT Gone!


The popularity of our "World of Miniatures" has been astounding!  There are apparently a large number of collectors and appreciators of SMALLs out there!  Thanks to some excellent press coverage by Judy Royal in yesterday's business section of the Star News, in Play, and earlier reports on local TV station WWAY, there has been much interest in our collection of "smalls."

The miniature art from many of our artists will remain on featured display until January 28, but the artwork will continue to be available until sold.  There just might be incentive for our artists to continue this trend, due to its popularity.  Please visit to experience The World of Miniatures at our gallery in The Cotton Exchange.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Melanie Walter - NICHE Awards Finalist

Melanie Walter, creator of pine needle baskets from the 100 long-leaf needle pine trees in her yard, has received a coveted award from Niche Magazine. Melanie is among the 2011 The Niche Awards Finalists .  Her winning entry is at our gallery to be seen and appreciated right here in Wilmington NC. 

Click on the Finalists link above to see the full image.
We are so proud of Melanie, who was also recognized in August 2010 edition of the North Carolina Our State Magazine in an article by Liz Biro, "The Beauty of the Pines."  Please visit here for additional photos of Melanie's work, and of course, visit us at Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts in The Cotton Exchange.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

WELCOME to the NEW Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts Blog!

What do SIX potters, THREE fiber artists, THREE gourd basket artists, THREE woodworkers, ONE metalsmith, and TWO multimedia artists have in common?

We're all part of a co-op gallery in The Cotton Exchange in beautiful downtown Wilmington, NC!  We ARE Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts!

At this time there are 18 local artists who each work three days per month.  Each artist has been juried in by the five owners, and each piece is then juried before display in the gallery.We occupy a space in an historic set of buildings at 307 North Front Street.  We will celebrate our 5th year in operation in April.

Through this blog, we hope to keep you apprised of new work, new artists, new interests, classes, new press and other media coverage.  We DO send monthly emails via Constant Contact, and you can be part of that by signing up in the right-hand column.  Our blog and our Facebook page will keep you informed between those emails.