“I believe creativity is something you have to invest in everyday, and making beautiful pots at Bulldog Pottery with my wife Samantha Henneke is the creative core of my life.”
[...Whatever the material or clay, the passion the artist puts into it, is what makes the work sing....]
Hello, My name is Bruce Gholson, and I own and operate Bulldog Pottery along with my wife Samantha Henneke. We moved to Seagrove in 1997 and have been potters in the community for over 17 years. I create functional and decorative ceramics throwing with a variety of clays and developing unique glaze formulas. I find changing between porcelain, stoneware, and red clays stimulates ideas and possibilities for continued exploration in my work. I have been fascinated with fossils, fish, reptiles, and insects since childhood. Recent interests have included fossilization in amber, Chinese scholar stones, and arrowheads from the region. I received my M.F.A. in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997, and my BFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1978. I worked at Berea Colleges Clay program in Berea, Kentucky, for three years as the graduate apprentice, making pots, managing the materials inventory, firing schedules, and studio maintenance. Originally I am from Stillwater, Oklahoma, where I started making pots in 1973 after my first exposure to clay in my hometowns college ceramics facility at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. I have work in many private and museum collections including AMOCA, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramics Art, Mobile Museum of Fine Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Gregg Museum, and The Mint Museum.