Learn More About Kiln Openings
Google Maps Address & Coordinates:
We are in Google Maps at Curry Wilkinson Pottery
5029 North Carolina 49, Burlington, NC 27215
5029 NC-49, Burlington, NC 27215
Coordinates: 2G2V+9W Graham, 6, Graham, NC
From I-40/85: Take exit 145. We are about 10 minutes from this exit. Turn towards Liberty (will be marked on green direction sign when you exit interstate). You will pass through a blinking light intersection. Keep going straight. Pass the crossroads of the Bellemont Store & Gas Station. We are about 1 mile from this store, on the right hand side. We will have balloons and a sign marking our driveway. It is a gravel drive. You might see a large mailbox marked "Bowman": our box is behind that and you have come to the right place. (If you have gone to Fairfield Drive you have gone too far. Some GPSs will take you there, but that is 4 driveways past our place.).
Please call (336) 260-5095 if you get lost and we will be happy to help!
What is a Kiln Opening? It's a time, only two or three times per year, where potters open up their studio to share with and sell to the public. The kiln itself is "open" in the sense that you can tour it and ask us questions. It's a tradition rather unique to wood fired kilns, and one that we are honored to continue.
Modern-day Kiln Openings, despite what the name might betray, aren't an event where we open up our kiln to the public with pots still in it; prior to the actual Kiln Opening weekends, and 4 to 5 days after the firing, we open the kiln to unload the pots. Unfortunately, this doesn't take place during the actual "Kiln Opening" as it is a delicate and time consuming process. It can take upwards of 4 days to unload the pots from the kiln. Then we clean each and every piece, making sure there is no left over dust, no cracks or chips, and no sharp edges.
So, after the pots are in a shape where they're ready to be seen by the public, we are ready to host our Kiln Opening. We hope you find this time as exciting as we do. It's a wonderful chance for everyone to get to know each other and for us to show you new work. We hope you'll join us and enjoy some wonderful company while you're here!