Samantha Henneke

Hello, My name is Samantha Henneke. My Seagrove adventure began in 1997 when I moved here with my husband Bruce Gholson and together we formed Bulldog Pottery.  I am a full-time studio potter and work along side Bruce in our clay studio every day of the week. Our Bulldog Pottery sales shop is open to the public.  In 2000 we named our pottery after our two American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Moka and Babu and continued the tradtion of a English Staffordshire Bull Terrier mascot with Mighty Maxwell. We now are parents to Luna Bella, an English Stafordshire Bull Terrier.  I grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia and attended my home-town college, Virginia Tech. While searching the halls of academia for my place in life I finally found it my junior year while taking a pottery class, in the spring of 1991.  After completing one more year at Virginia Tech I transferred to the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred in the fall of 1992 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1995. My studio art pottery aesthetics are traditional with a flare – a dotted mug, an insect on a plate, or swirl on a covered jar.  I also enjoy creating fantasy garden landscapes depicting life in the garden. I compose crystalline glazed paintings on porcelain canvases of scenes such as a red dressed girl working with a dung beetle, a larger then life red-eyed fly portrait, or a girl skipping through a garden of flowering shoes. I participate in exhibitions throughout the year, and I have appeared in a number of publications, as well as having ceramic work in national museums such as the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, and the Gregg Museum in Raleigh. I am devoted and passionate about my life as a studio potter.

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