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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

Hewitt’s and Owen III’s work are considered the stars of the hotel. In addition to what is now on display and in storage, both potters are being commissioned to create new large-scale pieces for the hotel’s spa, which is in renovation this spring for three months. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA Your Fitness Uninterrupted Special Daily and Weekly Visitor Rates Available NEW LOCATION! Lumina Commons, next to Harris Teeter 1962 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, N.C. 28403 910.509.3044 • crestfitness.com Clockwise from top left: The entrance to The Umstead Hotel and Spa is located on the campus of SAS in Cary, North Carolina. The hotel’s amenities, conference facilities and many of its rooms overlook a lake and nature trails adjacent to the William B. Umstead State Park. Local Wilmington women, from left, Margaret Weller-Stargell, JoAnne Fox and Melisa Gallison shop at The Umstead’s gift boutique. Left: the “Genie Bottle” is one of two by North Carolina potter Ben Owen III exhibited inside Herons. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA one generation to the next. Owen III learned the pottery tradition at the knee of his grandfather, Ben Owen Sr.,whose work is among several revered North Carolina potters featured in a tiny museum at Cedar Creek Gallery about 25 minutes from The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Creedmoor. Owen III says he recalls that Cedar Creek’s co-founding potter, the late Sid Oakley, visited his grandfather during Cedar Creek’s early years. “Like my grandfather, Sid studied Asian culture,” Owen III says. “Sid used the crystalline glazes,” for which Oakley became widely known. Today, Cedar Creek Gallery, surrounded by its enclave of studios and vernacular tobacco barns, continues to thrive in Granville County. On a chilly March day, spring pokes its head out of winter’s bare landscape. The sun flirts through gray 21 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013
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