To say we have been busy since the Studio doors opened for the season would be an understatement. As we quickly reminisce let’s take note:
Mark Koepnich spent a few days demonstrating his absolutely mind blowing techniques literally slinging bowls, mugs and whatever else as we stood with wide eyes and open arms running, catching, grabbing, filling all possible horizontal space. He made sure to keep us on our toes during his quick visit from Sea Grove, NC to the beach. Among those pots, Mark threw a dozen beautiful serving bowls to be used for an Empty Bowls Silent Auction. I’m getting ahead of myself, more about that later.
We finally took the next social media plunge and started our very own Instagram- oh yeah!! Make sure to follow us @kinnakeetclay and show us your #potsinaction by posting pictures of you with your beloved pieces from our very own showroom.
The month of May also included the very popular Shore Break 5k, we were honored to whip up 70+ mugs… and we did it in less than 2 weeks! Yeah, you could say we were certainly “go getters” this month. The Shore Break 5k is a wonderfully created opportunity to seize the moment- running on the beach and inhaling as much salt air as possible. The quickest runners, fingers crossed, walked away with an original mug made right here in our studio.
As the doors continued to swing wide open our classes picked up with slabs down and glazes running. We are currently offering 2 classes per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am and we’ll always add an extra class if we can. The space in our classes are limited so call today and reserve your spot, your inner artist is calling.
Empty Bowls was next on our list of ‘things to do’! 100’s of bowls were made for what is, perhaps, the most anticipated and well attended fundraiser on the island. From hand built to wheel thrown, each bowl is individually glazed and truly a one of a kind. And with each creviced jewel a donation is made to help feed those in need on Hatteras Island. This year we added a layer to the event, inviting island artists to paint a serving bowl (thrown earlier by Mr Koepnick). The super-talented-ten joined us in the studio and wowed us with their creations. We gladly rally for this yearly occasion. It is such a wonderful way to bring the community together and make a difference, one bowl at a time, not to mention it marks itself as one heck of a #glazeathon.
We’d be dreaming if we thought we’d have easy sailing from here on out! Summer is here and the kilns are always hot. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and hatterasguide.com to see what else this beach season has in store. Happy Pots!
Hey, its Jessica again to talk Holiday! With “Tis the Season” here I found it so necessary to talk about the hostess. Parties, parties and more parties are literally just around the corner.. I mean ours is next week, check out our PARTY. Ok, so back to business, let’s talk hostess. The work involved in hostessing a party, dinner, or the simplest of get togethers requires the upmost of positive energy and tons of time. What’s not to thank? So here at the Kinnakeet Clay Studio and Showroom we have pulled together a list of items to make that perfect endowment.
So here are our top 3 picks for that perfect hostess gift. What makes these gifts so great? Well, they are handmade, locally in our studio, and under $20! Its just a little something to show your appreciation for the invite and a thank you for the wonderful time you had.
1. The mini catch-all bowl is a superb option. (I personally would do a set of three, but thats just me) These little bowls are perfect for so many different things. A kitchen catch-all makes all the difference when cooking or organizing ingredients. The hostess will be utterly pleased.
2. The magnet vase, one of our top sellers in the showroom, offers that hostess a fun and funky gift that will certainly become a conversation piece in his/her home, who knew a refrigerator, could look so good? We offer a variety of colors and textures sure to speak to any hostess. Want to get crazy? Bring a small variety of flowers and put that beauty to work right away.
3. And lastly, the coveted jar frog, surely the most sought after gift in our showroom. Put a modern twist on that all-time favorite. What is a jar frog you ask? A simple piece of detailed stoneware that one sets atop a jar and inserts fresh cut flowers… Viola! One stem or ten you’ll create a beautiful arrangement.
So there you have it, a heads up on what’s what in hostess gifting. We made it practically effortless for you to show your hostess how much you honor and appreciate your invite to that special gathering this holiday season. Need a few more ideas? Check us out on Facebook for daily post on premium gifting! Or, in the area? Please stop by we would love to help you out… and did I mention we love to make a great bow?
Shew! Summer is officially over, and here in the studio we are welcoming fall with open arms.
Antoinette is a busy bee over in the glazing studio and I, Jessica, will be your guest blogger! Our showroom is busting at the seams with new and exciting pieces as we beef up for the Holidays. (I know! Can you believe it?) Therefore, I found it only necessary to hit on the basics of building a fall vignette. Pottery is a great way to showcase your personality while being a functional piece in your home. With so much creativity in each piece, building décor is almost effortless.
Any great decorator will tell you that there are absolutely no rules in decorating, however, I ask one small thing…don’t get hung up on specific “fall colors” but rather incorporate with what you have, or what you absolutely MUST HAVE from our showroom. With newbies coming in daily it was quite a task for me to narrow down choices for a great start to an even better fall vignette.
To mark the end of another wonderful summer on Hatteras Island, we spent August on Facebook celebrating our fabulous fans. Each week, we chose a new fan of the week to be awarded a $35 gift certificate to none other than Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom to be used for shopping, fresh cut flowers or to take a class.
Along with the prize, each fan of the week was highlighted in our cover photos and announced in the timeline. We enjoyed getting to know those fans better and, as always, it is fun to be able to give back!
Here is the full list of winners, where they are from and their fun facts:
It’s hard to believe another season is winding down on Hatteras Island, and we here at Kinnakeet Clay, have experienced time moving even more quickly than ever in light of all the big changes we experienced this year. Our grand re-opening at our new location in Avon Village allowed us to expand our offerings and the new art class curriculum has quickly become just another extension of the gallery.
Locals and visitors alike filled up our weekly classes to learn new skills including pottery, water color painting, screen printing, quilling, mixed media jewelry and more. The classes present a unique opportunity to create your own mementos of your Outer Banks experience. It is a thrill to receive excited posts, emails and notes (and reviews too) when the pots arrive to their makers.
In our continued efforts to spotlight our fans and reward them for their support, we have unveiled a brand spanking new fan of the week contest. All you have to do is enter on our Facebook page here.Enter weekly! Every Thursday we pick a random winner who will receive a $35 gift certificate to no other than Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom. Easy peasy! Use your winnings to shop, take a class or buy flowers- it’s up to you!
Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom recently relocated to a bigger and better space tucked away in Avon village where we’ve been continuously adding new offerings to the “menu”! We are excited to improve our Outer Banks shopping experience offering functional pottery and a variety of other art created by our talented local and regional artists, fresh cut seasonal flowers AND a ton of fun classes to bring out the artist in you. Please check out our calendar for all classes on the schedule and give us a ring at 252.995.0101 to find out what our fresh flower selection is at any given time.
The art students at CHSSCS, with Kinnakeet Clay and Sandcastles Gallery, are planning a festive community evening of creativity, color, collaboration and clay – just in time for the Holidays! It’s happening at the DQ Shops in Avon.
Come enjoy a display of their work as well as that of professional local artists and fine crafters. Nibble, sip and jiggle to Rory and friends’ live music as you discover one of a kind treasures you can purchase for your Holiday gift list.
Participate in the “Handmade on Hatteras” raffle featuring locally made NC pottery, jewelry, painting, prints, photography and fused glass.
“Screaming Lady” t shirts designed by the late Glenn Dodenhoff have been donated by Catfish Pottery and will also be on sale.
Proceeds from this special event will be used to purchase much needed pottery supplies and equipment for the CHSSCS Art Department. Funds will also further support their annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser whereby students with their art teacher, Marta Martinez, island potters and volunteers, raise and donate thousands of dollars to island food pantries and Hatteras Island Meals.
Mark your calendar and plan to get in the spirit with us as we kick off the Holidays with creativity, color, collaboration and clay! We welcome locals and island visitors alike.
Can anyone guess what the newest addition to Kinnakeet Clay – Studio & Showroom will be?
Fresh cut flowers are the newest addition to Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom on Hatteras Island! Make your own bouquet and arrange at home or buy a vase and we’ll help you with a very affordable – super pretty – arrangement. Come on by or call 252-995-0101 to ask about our gorgeous selections- Gerberas, tulips, hydrangeas, roses, sunlfowers and so much more depending on the season!
A Happy Customer
“Olivia just brought these lovely flowers and the gorgeous vase from Kinnakeet Clay in Avon. They make me so happy! And doesn’t the vase look like it was made for the dining table? Thanks so much, Antoinette!” – Lynne Foster
Do you know about the Hatteras Island Art Tour?
Whether you are a long-time local, new to the island, or just visiting, we invite you to join in the fun!
It is a collaboration between four local artist-owned ‘sister stores’ on Hatteras Island. The tour takes you from Avon to Hatteras to visit Kinnakeet Clay, The Gaskins Gallery, Family Jewels & Blue Pelican Gallery. You will pick up a card in one of the shops and have it stamped at each shop you visit. When your HI Art Tour card is full, it becomes a $10 gift certificate to be used at any of the four stores.
It’s good, clean fun… and WHO KNOWS what you might discover!