RCC’s Small Business Center and North Carolina Pottery Center Collaborate for ‘How to Start a Pottery Business’ Seminar

On Thursday, July 27, Randolph Community College’s Small Business Center and the North Carolina Pottery Center will team up to offer a “How to Start a Pottery Business” seminar for aspiring ceramic artists. Featuring local business expert Ed Ormsby and Seagrove-area potters Hitomi Shibata and Dan Triece, this seminar will provide attendees with information tailored toward getting started within the ceramics field. Panel members will also answer questions from the audience.

Speakers include local business expert Ed Ormsby, who is a published author and has many years of experience in helping small businesses succeed. Ed will be joined by two Seagrove potters, both of whom will share their insights into the rewards and challenges in establishing a pottery shop. Originally from Japan, Hitomi Shibata has studied and made pottery for more than 25 years. She and her husband Takuro have run Studio Touya in Seagrove since 2008. Dan Triece specializes in copper luster raku and functional stoneware, and has had his pieces featured throughout the East Coast. Dan has run Dirtworks Pottery in Seagrove for over 20 years.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. To RSVP, please call 336-633-0268 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, July 24. The seminar will take place from 6-9 p.m. at Randolph Community College’s Continuing Education and Industrial Center, Room 103 (413 Industrial Park Avenue, Asheboro).

This seminar is the first collaboration between the Small Business Center and the Pottery Center. “Bringing business resources to North Carolina potters is a new and exciting fulfillment of our mission,” said Emily Lassiter, NCPC educational program manager. “We’re hopeful that this will be the beginning of a dynamic partnership with the Small Business Center.”

“Likewise, RCC and the Small Business Center are excited to team up with the NC Pottery Center. Our goal for the evening is to showcase and educate more people about the economic impact the pottery industry has here in Randolph County and the entire state of North Carolina. The speakers that we have lined up will be able to speak to the good, the bad, and the muddy aspect of working in ceramics and operating their own small business,” added Web Grubb, the director at Randolph Community College’s Small Business Center.

The Small Business Center aims to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in Randolph County by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners and their employees. The SBC provides business seminars & workshops, confidential business counseling, and other resources at low or no cost.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, please call 336-873-8430, visit ncpotterycenter.org, or find us on Facebook.

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