Thursday, November 26, 2015

Open House and Christmas Kickoff

We are always excited when we get the gallery all decked out for Christmas. 

We will be having a drawing for this glass vase, register on the 27th or 28th. The drawing will be at 6 pm on the 28th. You need not be present to win.  

In addition we will be giving a gift with every purchase of $25 (one per person)

So stop in for a cup of spiced cider and some Dunkin Donut munchkins!

Friday 10-8 pm.

Saturday 10-6.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Doing what we can to help

Each year we try to do some kind of fund raising project.

This year we did our Annual Valentine Card Show and Sale and raised over $1500 for the School Teachers Art Fund.

We donate to many causes and do what we can to help.

This month we are doing something a little different - SoleMate Socks, woven in North Carolina are partnering with us. They will donate a pair of their seconds to our RCS for ever pair we sell.  As of the 22nd we have sold 59 pairs, we still have a few days to go so we hope you'll stop in and get some great mismatched socks!

You can also purchase a few colors from our website by clicking here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Blown Glass Pumpkins

We were one of Paul Lockwoods first customers and we continue to be thrilled with every piece we receive from him.

My very favorite we have ever gotten are these gold pumpkins.


Of course we love all of them.

Let us tell you about Paul.....

Glass has always been mysteriously captivating for Paul. His physics professor made several attempts to speak with the art department about getting him to spend more time in the science lab. It's no wonder that his senior thesis physics project won the all student art show. Glass has given Paul an outlet to speak artistically while allowing him to challenge himself with the ancient techniques of glass blowing.

Sand, soda and a twist of lime. It's not a martini, but at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit you have glass. Gathering glass from a furnace filled with molten glass is a lot like gathering honey out of a pot. Each time Paul gathers a new layer,he has the opportunity to add colors, textures and reshape the design of the final form. Once he is happy with his creation, it goes into an annealing oven to gradually bring the glass to room temperature, ready to find a home.

Paul first learned the art of glass blowing at Hastings College in Nebraska. His instructors, John Elias, Tom Kreager, Lino Tagliapietra, Elio Quarisa, and Dino Rosin have inspired and encouraged Paul through out his career as a glass blower. He has traveled to many studios throughout the nation and continues to take courses at "The Studio" in Corning, New York.  

Stop in and see all his pieces!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handcrafted Ornaments Make a Nice Inexpensive Gift

Every year we search high and low for hand crafted ornaments! Here is a sampling of this years collection....

Tear Drop - blown glass

Raku Ornaments

Stained glass 

Felted garland
Glow in the dark icicles

felted ornaments

New Bern Ornament

And another 

Stoneware ornaments from the Outer Banks


and there is more!

We hope you'll stop in to see them all, and don't forget out Christmas Open House
Friday, November 27 10-8
Saturday, November 28 10-6
A free ornament with $25 purchase (one per customer)
enter drawing for a glass vase!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

On the Road Last Day

After we picked up work from all our folks we made a few stops and took a detour or two, just to check out some spots for future reference.

We have friends that have been on every State Highway east of the Mississippi and many west, they mark them off in an atlas, they also visit county courthouse which they keep track of as well. We have decided that when we retire we'll visit all the hot springs and keep track of those!

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a hot body of water outside. When we lived in Colorado we regularly soaked in the Glenwood Hot Springs pools.  The best was on a very cold day with snow falling around us.

Michael often talks about how wonderful it must have been if you took the train from New York in the 1800s (can't have been that comfortable), to get off the train and soak in the hot springs.

When we went to the North West, wanting to visit the four corners of the US, having been to the other 3, we were headed through Olympic National Park on our way to the forth corner when we spotted Sol Duc Hot Springs Campground and RV  Park so opted to go there and soak instead of visiting the corner of the country! It wasn't so great but still felt good to soak.

One day we'll make of list of all the ones we've been to. But to be relevant to this post, on our way home we saw the sign for Hot Springs, NC, so we turned left instead of right.

What a cute little town! We were able to see the springs, instead of having a public pool they have private hot tubs, outdoors with walls around 3 sides for privacy. The tubs are fed with their spring water which comes out of the ground at 102 degrees.

We didn't have time for a soak but will go back! We understand in the summer the place and whole area is packed. There is a lot of tubing on the river there too.

Then we drove to Bakersvile, were surprised that one of the little shops we always stopped at was empty, we've been going there for 20 years, maybe they retired?

Then off to see friends who used to have a gallery like ours in NY, and have since retired to NC. They converted an old Grey Hound Bus into an amazing RV, with paneling, tables, cupboard doors and more decorated with art by Sticks!

It was just beautiful. They are living on the side of a mountain way, away from civilization. After operating their gallery for 30 years they were ready to rest. They build a garage for the rv with a bathroom, small kitchen, bedroom, and living room, thinking it would be the guest house once they built their new home. They liked it so much that they scratched building the house and live in the garage (which looks like no garage we've ever seen!)  and use the rv for the guest house.

Of course their home is full of beautiful, hand crafted items, just the kind of things we like.

After that we visited Grandfather Mountain, saw lots of waterfalls including one by Newland. We had never been to that town before and discovered it is the highest County Seat east of the Mississippi at 3600 feet elevation. That is less than half of the elevation of Aspen, the county seat we lived in in Colorado. Its elevation is 8000 and our house was at about 9000 feet.

The neat thing about this falls at Newland is that it is right by the road with a small parking lot and picnic tables so you don't have to hike to it. 

As we were driving through the mountains we saw LOTS of waterfalls we had never seen before because of all the rain we've had.

We were sorry to see this business trip come to an end, we met new artists, visited artists that have become friends through the years, found some great pieces to add to our collection at Carolina Creations and just plain had a good time.

Looking forward to the next trip!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

On the Road November 2015 post two

Day two we got to visit the studio of one of our newest potters Cathey Bolton.

Her bright glazes and contemporary shapes have been a nice addition to our collection at Carolina Creations.

Then we were off to a show to meet some new potters. When we got there it was like old home week with lots of artists we knew!

Including our friends from Holman Pottery . Their bacon cookers are huge sellers.

We met a few new potters too so look forward to work from them in the spring.

We picked up pots from an old friend Sarah Rolland, we've carried her work off and on for years, it's been quite a while since we've had any so we are excited to get her work again.

And last but not least we finished the day with a visit with Hank Goodman and Vicki. Good friends, good times!

The thing we love about Carolina Creations, that sets it apart from most other retail establishments, is the fact that we know most of the people that make what we sell, we know how they make things and we see how, our selling their work, helps them to live their dream of making a living with their hands.

Friday, November 06, 2015

On the Road November 2015 post one

Last week we picked up pottery and art and had a little fun along the way.

We hadn't visited the Reynolda House Museum of American Art before in Winston-Salem so stopped on our way by to check it out.

They were having an exhibition of American Impressionism Art, many of the paintings were of gardens, which I love.

My favorite painting in the exhibit was this one. As usual the photo does not do it justice.

The show will encourage me to add more color to my work!

The house was interesting too. Our favorite room was the RJ Reynolds study, dark wood paneling, but that part of the house is only one room wide and with the big windows it was very light.

We continued on to Black Mountain. Our goal was Waynesville but it turns out that the campgrounds out there close November 1. As it turned out I was beat from driving and was glad to stop sooner and was in bed early! Love our rv, small enough to drive like a car but with all the comforts of home.

And room to haul pottery and other artwork to boot.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Coastal Carolina with a Touch of Provence

Brenda Behr will be our featured artist for the months of November and December, with her new show "Coastal Carolina with a Touch of Provence".

Brenda talks about her show...

Having been a landlubber for over thirty years in Minnesota, has increased my appreciation of our coast. Nothing is more freeing to me than standing on the beach and painting to the roar of the surf.

 If one’s state of mind can be linked to the state of one’s art, then surely my plein air coastal paintings make for some of my best art. My paintings of Provence are thrown in as a counterpoint. 

Mostly, they are included because I was just there recently and had the opportunity to paint on some of the same stomping grounds where Paul Cezanne and Van Gogh more than a hundred years ago were initiating the term plein air painting.

We hope you'll stop in and talk to Brenda on November 13 during ArtWalk from 5-8 pm.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Trip Advisor

From Trip Advisor -

Your business rated "excellent" by 14 travelers

We want to publicly thank everyone who takes the time to give us a review on Trip Advisor!

Here are a few of the reviews....

“We stayed for hours and still wanted more!”
Reviewed October 5, 2015
What a wonderful way to spend a rainy day. There are so many items to look out from fine art and handmade creations to jewelry and a little kitsch. All items are made in the USA with most being made right in North Carolina. We had friends in from out of state and between the four of us we still wanted to stay longer than we did. I started a Christmas list .... for others AND one for my 'wants'. Can't wait to go back. The staff are wonderful too. Friendly, and informative. Visited September 2015

“A Spendid Collection of Art, Crafts and Gifts!”
Reviewed October 1, 2015
We've been in the shop before but they seem to keep it amazingly fresh with decorator pieces, painting and prints. As a man very few such shops entice me but Carolina Creations does. Why, it's even entertaining! Nice people! Visited September 2015

“Great shop and wonderful staff”
Reviewed September 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review
I LOVE this shop. When I am in a new city, I always like to find a piece of jewelry by a local artisan. The staff in this store are incredible, and know their products very well. There was something for everyone in this shop .. don't miss it when you visit New Bern North Carolina. Visited September 2015

“Too bad I had made a commitment not to buy on this trip.”
Reviewed August 19, 2015
Oh, this gallery has beautiful, glass, ceramics, pottery, oils, pastels. The staff is friendly and helpful. Nice to see local and regional art. Visited August 2015

“Lovely Place To Visit”
Reviewed July 2, 2015
I have always enjoyed visiting and browsing at Carolina Creations. Jan and the staff are always helpful in helping me select just the right gift for the occasion.v Visited December 2014

Reviewed June 8, 2015
How delightful! Just about anything you would want. Displays were appealing and well stocked. Staff was eager to assist and very friendly. Pricing was reasonable. Worth the time to stop and shop! Visited June 2015

“Carolina Creations”
Reviewed June 4, 2015
Carolina Creations is a must see in New Bern. The store has many items from local artists and the owner is a very accomplished artist. Visited May 2015

“Local Artistry Par Excellence”
Reviewed May 19, 2015
Carolina Creations is just what it says: artistic creations of all types by local artists. The store is literally filled with the many mediums of art work by Janet Francoeur, owner, ceramics, metal works and much more. It is a shop that will beg you to take home a souvenir as a memento, or a gift for your neighbor for taking care of your cat while you were enjoying the beauty and beaches of Eastern Carolina. Visited May 2015

“Beautiful gallery, great mix of regional and national work”
Reviewed May 13, 2015
I visited Carolina Creations while on a house-hunting trip to New Bern, and spent over an hour exploring the art and treasures in this store. The product range is impressive, and they feature local artists as well as artists from around the country. I was able to find the perfect gift for my mother, and it was difficult for me to leave without purchasing several pieces for myself! I'll definitely be back, and Carolina Creations will become my first place to look for gifts and home decor. Visited April 2015

Thank you so much!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Wizard of Oz Collection Broaches

Jill Elizabeth has created this beautiful collection of broaches depicting the wizard of Oz! 

L. Frank Baum presented her as an extremely kind and gentle character who stood against the oppression and subjugation of people. The character's kindness and magnanimity of spirit was not confined to her own domain, and she was loved not only by her own subjects but also by other people in Oz. 

Just click your heels three times and repeat, “There’s no place like home.” Dorothy of OZ

The cyclone had set the house down, in the midst of
a country of marvelous beauty. This was OZ!
 “Oh dear! Oh dear!” cried Dorothy, “the house must have fallen on her.
What ever shall we do?” 
“There is nothing to be done. She was the wicked Witch of the East and
she has held the Munchkins in bondage for many years.
Now they are set free,
and they are grateful to you for the favor.”

Lion: "I shall be unhappy until I have the sort of courage that makes one forget that he is afraid." Wizard: You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself." Courage means acting in the face of fear.

Outstanding in his field. A popular and beloved character in the Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum- This is part of his song: I could while away the hours/conferrin’ with the flowers consultin’ with the rain/ And my head I’d be scratchin’/While my thought were busy hatchin’/If I only had a brain. 3 x 1"

The Emerald City is the fictional capital city of the Land of Oz in L. Frank Baum's Oz books.
“It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny wee nose. Toto played all day long and Dorothy loved him dearly.” -L. Frank Baum

All of Jill's Jewelry is made using mirrored chrome, it will never break, tarnish, crack or shatter. The mirrored chrome contains three different elements – polyethylene, aluminum and an electroplated mirror surface. Each piece is wire wrapped and beaded with a coated cable wire. The pieces are all adorned using vintage stones, metal findings, parts, bits and anodized aluminum.

Each piece of mirror is hand-cut using a scroll saw. The edges are then sandblasted and burnished. The piece then gets drilled and the stones are all set in there bezels. The pieces are then wire wrapped and beaded. Every piece of jewelry then gets steam cleaned, signed and dated. 

Her jewelry is very easy to care for. The easiest way to care for your pieces is to simply take a bit of warm water with some Mr. Clean (or any other cleaning agent or dish soap) and a soft brush (an old toothbrush works just fine!) and give it a gently scrub. Run it under some warm water and pat dry.

The collection all started in the early 80’s – Jill was presented an opportunity of a lifetime.  An acquaintance had just recently purchased all of Swank cufflinks over run of stones. He was then offering them to Jill to buy the entire lot – she couldn’t refuse- Jill and Scott took a chance and spent their entire life savings on theses stones. Jill often designs a piece around one of these vintage stones, when the stones are gone the edition is retired.