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Season 2 of Collecting Carolina


Broadcast Date: 2/12/2015Seagrove Pottery
Seagrove Potters with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
‘Collecting Carolina’ is off to Seagrove in Randolph County, the epicenter of North Carolina’s eastern pottery community.  With over 100 potter’s studios to explore, Producer Julia Carpenter and Curator Michael Ausbon from the North Carolina Museum of History show us how to plan our visits and give us a sampling of what is available to see and shop for. This community is steeped in a rich craft history, full of diversity and creativity, and encompasses everything from the traditional styles and museum reproductions to large works of modern art. Join them as they go into kilns old and new, and studios that produce some of the finest hand-crafted work. And put on your walking shoes, because the paths to the potters can be as varied as the pots you will discover.


Broadcast Date: 12/04/2014Executive Mansion
The Executive Mansion, Raleigh with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
The Executive Mansion is home to the Governor, and it is the 'people's house.' It was completed in 1891 as a political, social, and cultural center of the state, and is one of the few executive mansions in the nation built specifically for that purpose. A unique example of Queen Anne-style architecture, the house was made using inmate labor, with building materials acquired from within the state. Built as a home with meeting and event space, it is also a  unique historic site full of North Carolina treasures. NC Museum of History Curator Michael Ausbon takes on a tour to highlight the special North Carolina items and artists whose work is prominently displayed. The Executive Mansion is open for public tours throughout the year.   


Broadcast Date: 10/23/2014Village of Yesteryear
Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fairgrounds with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
The Village of Yesteryear was established over 60 years ago to help educate fairgoers on the traditional handicrafts of North Carolina and the important roles these crafts played in our family histories. From baskets to quilts, wood turning and pottery, metal work and fine art, the annual ten-day event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and not only helps the craftsmen make a living, but features highly collectable items. Join us as we meet several of the artists who come year after year and share the love of their crafts with all who stop by and visit.   


Broadcast Date: 10/02/2014Collecting Carolina: NC Glass
Cedar Creek Gallery with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
Collecting Carolina visits the beautiful gallery, pottery and glass blowing studios of Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor. Here we see glass being blown and molded, and pottery shaped and carved. We discover the joy of watching artists at work and how our understanding of the process increases our appreciation for the work, while Michael zeros in on items made by North Carolinians using North Carolina materials. Join us in the discovery.