Sponsorship Opportunities

STARworks Center in Star, NC, and the nearby North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove will co-host WoodFire NC, an international conference on wood-fired ceramics, June 8-11, 2017.

This conference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for North Carolina to display its wood-fired clay tradition on an international stage, at the highest level.

We are enormously proud of this opportunity to broaden our cultural and aesthetic perspective and would like you to become part of this seminal event.

Here is the sponsorship information, and below it is a full description of the conference and its world-wide reach. This is a fantastic opportunity to help support our state's potters and showcase pottery not only from NC, but from around the nation and the world.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Flame: $10,000+
  • Ember: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Spark: $2,500 - $4,999
  • Glow: $1,000 - $2,499
  • Glimmer: $500

All Sponsors are eligible to have their names and/or logos on this site's home page and will be listed on a hanging banner at the event!

Questions? Email contact@woodfirenc.com if you have any questions.

Please submit Sponsorship payments to:
Central Park NC, 100 Russell Dr, Star, NC 27356.

Please make checks payable to Central Park NC.
Thank you for your support!

Why This Conference Is Special

STARworks Center in Star NC and the nearby North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove will co-host WoodFire NC, an international conference on wood-fired ceramics, June 8-11, 2017. The conference will include a pre-conference series of wood kiln firings around Asheville, Seagrove and eastern North Carolina from May 31- June 7, 2017. Participants will have an opportunity to fire a variety of styles of kilns, including six to eight kilns in the Seagrove area, and try a variety of North Carolina’s unique clays.

North Carolina has one of the longest traditions of wood-fired ceramics in the United States. Yet there are many issues facing North Carolina woodfirers that also affect woodfirers all over the world, including environmental issues, changing aesthetics, and access to natural resources. Because it has one of the largest concentrations of wood-fired kilns and firers in the country, North Carolina is uniquely suited to provide a forum for many of these critical issues.

A series of panels and demonstrations will explore all aspects of woodfiring, beginning with a lively discussion of historical, ethical, and environmental issues pertaining to our field. We will then examine the foundational role that clay has in our practice, and carefully explore aspects of packing and wadding, cooling, color, kiln design and marketing.

Interspersed throughout the proceedings will be plenary sessions and keynote addresses from some of our field’s most noted thinkers, as well as simultaneous demonstrations featuring sculptors and functional pottery makers.

Confirmed International artists include Ryuichi Kakurezaki (Japan), Magdalene Odundo, OBE (Kenya and UK), Alexandra Engelfriet (Holland), Ben Richardson Australia), Ashwini Bhat (India), Anne Mette Hjortshøj (Denmark), Hervé Rousseau (France), and others.

US artists and presenters include Jeff Shapiro (NY), Bernie Pucker (MA), John Neely (UT), Randy Johnston and Jan MacKeachie Johnston (WI), Tara Wilson (MY), Rob Hunter (VA), Peter Callas (NJ), Linda Christianson (MN), Simon Levin (IA), Mark Shapiro (NY), and Jack Troy (PA), with others to be announced.

NC artists and presenters include Josh Copus, Michael Hunt, Matt Jones, Eric Knoche, Kim Ellington, Kate and Daniel Johnston, Takuro Shibata, Ben Owen III, Charles G. Zug III, Mark Hewitt, David Stuempfle, Steve Blankenbeker, Jesse Daystar, and Pam Owens.

We are also very proud to have two leading figures in the world of ceramics giving keynote addresses - Louise Cort, Curator of Asian Ceramics at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, and Henry Glassie, College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University.

Opening ceremonies and an exhibition of 19th century North Carolina wood-fired stoneware will take place at the North Carolina Pottery Center. STARworks will be the site of the conference and exhibitions of contemporary NC wood-fired pottery, and of presenters work. It will also be the site of an installation created specially for the conference by Alexandra Engelfriet. In addition, a fire sculpture will be made and fired as the grand finale.