Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s That Time Again – Pottery 51’s Open House

The first Friday of the month is here and Pottery 51 is holding its Open House, a chance for you to come tour their pottery studio, meet the artists and even buy a truly unique gift for your Valentine.  Pottery 51’s gift shop features handmade jewelry, pottery and other extraordinary artwork.

Pottery 51 is located within The Lofts at 7714, located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  The Open House will take place on Friday, February 1st from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  Refreshments, lively conversation and a unique atmosphere are all provided free of charge.  So come join, all of the folks at Pottery 51, especially this month’s featured artists, Amy Crump and Leslie Dalton Teiro, for a very enjoyable evening of art.

About Amy Crump

Mint Hill has always been home for Amy.  She was born in the town of Mint Hill before it was incorporated in 1971, raised her own children within the town, and continues to live in Mint Hill today.

Amy has always had an interest in and love of pottery.  Knowing that each piece was an expression of the potter’s hand, unique in itself even from other pieces like it, spoke deeply to Amy.  After having the opportunity to take several classes from Sylvia Copula, a local potter recently featured in NC magazine, Amy realized she could aspire to become a potter.  She is most interested in functional pottery and her pieces reflect what she enjoys…using pottery in the kitchen, loving its feel and the kinship with the earth that it represents.

Amy is very grateful to be developing her skills at Pottery 51, surrounded by many talented artists.  She sends a special thank you to David Bridge, whom she considers to be her mentor.

About Leslie Dalton Teiro

From a family of creative souls, Leslie says she has always felt the need to express herself through her handiwork.  Her preferred mediums are collage art and clay.  Both allow great freedom to explore many different interests.  Leslie started in clay by making beads for jewelry and has progressed to making hand built pieces such as bowls and trays.

Working in clay is something that has always interested her, because it encompasses such a varied range of function and beauty.  It, at times, can be extremely frustrating, she says but unbelievably rewarding.  Leslie has worked in many mediums, but she says there is nothing that comes close to clay in giving her that feeling that magic has happened.  Those are the moments, as an artist, she strives to capture.

Spotlight Performing Arts Auditions

This Thursday, January 31st from 5 to 6 pm, Spotlight Performing Arts Academy will host auditions for its March Broadway show.  The troupe of Spotlight will act out favorite scenes from the most popular Broadway musicals.

The auditions are open to all ages and skill levels, as all of Spotlight’s shows are done in a learning environment.  Rehearsals will be two hours a week until the March 22-23 show.

Tuition for the class is $29.99/mt.  For more information, visit or call 704-545-7373.

Open Auditions at Spotlight Performing Arts

Calling all actors, singers, dancers, musicians and writers in the Mint Hill area!  On Thursday, January 17th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Spotlight Performing Arts Academy will hold an open audition for its spring variety show.  The December production of “Charlotte’s Web” was a huge success.  If you want to let you inner “star” shine through, don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the next show.  Call 704-545-7373 or visit for more information.

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is located within The Lofts at 7714 at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution – Try a Yoga Class

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier, yoga is a great way to help yourself meet that goal.  Not only does it improve strength, flexibility and agility but it helps relax your mind and body.  Mint Hill Yoga, located in Suite G of The Lofts at 7714 (enter at back of the building), offers a full complement of yoga classes taught by experienced yoga instructors.

Mint Hill Yoga’s January Class Schedule:


  • Sublte Flow with Bettie Shea – 3 to 4:15 pm
  • Slow Flow with Jennifer Savino – 6 to 7:15 pm


  • Moving Meditation Series with Linda Nickolenko – 6 to 7:15 pm
  • Level 1 Series with Bettie Shea – 7:30 to 8:45 pm


  • Subtle Flow with Bettie Shea – 9:30 to 10:45 am
  • Private Lessons with Bettie Shea – 11 to 12:15 pm
  • Soft Vinyasa with Bettie Shea – 7 to 8:15 pm


  • Sunrise Yoga Series with Adele Schiessle – 6 to 7 am
  • Slow Flow with Bettie Shea – 11 to 12:15 pm


  • Slow Flow with Jennifer Savino – 9:30 to 10:45 am
  • Friday Night Workshops with Bettie Shea – 7 to 11 pm


  • Soft Vinyasa with Kiesha Battles – 10 to 11:15 am
  • Soft Vinyasa with Bettie Shea – 1 to 2:15 pm

Visit www.MintHillYoga for more information about class rates and registration.


Pottery Classes Available in Mint Hill

Pottery 51, located in The Lofts at 7714, will begin offering pottery classes this month.  Experienced potter Althea Hadjuk will teach “Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel.”  This class is designed for beginners and students interested in refining their wheel throwing skills.  It will cover the essential components of creating a wheel-thrown piece of pottery.  Students will learn to make basic forms including cylinders, bowls and mugs and will also be introduced to trimming and glazing techniques.

Classes begin on Wednesday, January 23rd and end on Wednesday, March 6th.  They are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  Tuition is $225 which includes a 25 lb bag of clay, use of all studio equipment and firing fees.  Classes are limited to 4 participants only, allowing for individual attention and encouraging students to develop at their own pace.  Instructor demonstrations will be a feature of every class.

To sign up for one of these pottery classes, contact instructor Althea Hadjuk at 704-752-7584.


Winter Classes Start Jan 14th at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy

Start the New Year off right by signing yourself or your child up for one of Spotlight Performing Arts Academy’s winter classes.  There is something for everyone at Mint Hill’s one and only performing arts academy located within The Lofts at 7714.  Classes start the week of January 14th, but this week is “Try Before You Buy  Week” – come join one of the following classes to see if its for you for only $10.

Winter Class Offerings at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy:

  • Spotlight Kids Choir (ages 7-10) – meets Tuesdays from 5 – 6 pm.
  • Songwriting 101 (ages 12+) – meets Tuesdays from 7 – 8 pm.
  • The Edge Band Mentoring (ages 10+) – meets Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm.
  • My Time to Shine Preschool (ages 3-5) – meets Wednesdays 3 – 4 pm.
  • My Time to Shine Kindergarten (ages 5-7) – meets Wednesdays 5 – 6 pm.
  • Spotlighters Show Choir (ages 10+) – meets Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm.
  • Jazz Ensemble (ages 12+) – meets Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm.

For more information about these classes or to register, visit or call 704-545-7373.

The Lofts at 7714 Welcomes Click.Pack.Move!

On January 1st, The Lofts at 7714 welcomed its newest tenant – Click.Pack.Move!  Click.Pack.Move! is a free apartment locating service that has been serving the Charlotte area since 1984.  Click.Pack.Move! will occupy Suite C, a 1400 square foot space located at the rear of this retrofitted mill property.  Owners Cheryl and Steve Murphy are long-time Mint Hill residents who were seeking a larger, local space for their business, which has enjoyed significant growth in the last year.

Click.Pack.Move! assists families and individuals with finding the right apartment for them, one that has all the amenities in the location they desire.  It also handles corporate relocations.  All clients receive personal attention to ensure their satisfaction with their new apartment home.    The service is free to renters because Click.Pack.Move! is compensated via a referral fee from the apartment communities.

JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714 is very excited to add another Mint Hill resident and business owner to its building.  The majority of The Lofts tenants live in Mint Hill and are able to enjoy a short commute to their work and the ability to interact daily with their fellow townspeople.  JMMT is proud to support local businesses supporting their local community.

For more information about this free apartment locating service, visit their website at

For more information about this retrofitted mill property that Click.Pack.Move! now calls home, visit

Friday Night Art at Pottery 51

Pottery 51 will host its second First Friday open house on January 4th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at its new storefront location in The Lofts at 7714, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  Come enjoy beautiful and one-of-a-kind pottery, as well as refreshments and lively discussions.

This month’s open house features the pottery of artists David Bridge and Althea Hadjuk.

About David Bridge:  David has always enjoyed working with his hands, everything from restoring historic houses to tying flys for fly fishing.  After he retired, his wife, Candace, asked him if he would be interested in taking a pottery class.  He said yes but never signed up, he was always too busy.  In 2008, she signed him up for his first class and told him all he had to do was show up!  The hand-building class with teacher, Sylvia Coppola, was all it took to ignite a passion for building pottery.  David gets his inspiration from other potters, such as Sylvia Coppola, Andy Smith and Joy Tanner.  He creates mostly functional pieces.  Most days you can find him in his studio at Pottery 51.  Stop by and he’ll be glad to show you the process in creating a piece.

About Althea Hadjuk:  A wedding gift brought from Jamaica by a friend over 17 years ago was when my fascination with clay began. It took me on a journey that led to an historical investigation of Jamaican pottery, 2 research grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts,  a graduate thesis on African American ceramics, the founding and editing of an online ceramics journal, working as research assistant to a  museum curator on a landmark ceramics exhibition, and of course, becoming a potter.

I enjoy making tableware and miniature vessels. “Simple, Functional Elegance” is what I hope my work communicates. I rely on the harmony of form and glaze and less on embellishment to achieve this outcome. Recently however I have begun to experiment with imagery on my work and more specifically, tropical flora. Where this will lead is part of the wonder and exhilaration of working with clay.

Happy New Year from The Lofts at 7714

Here is to a healthy, happy and successful 2013 for all our tenants at The Lofts at 7714:

  • Asylum Digital
  • Click.Pack.Move!  New
  • Consilium Financial Services
  • Employment Practices Counsel
  • Mint Hill Martial Arts
  • Mint Hill Yoga
  • Pottery 51
  • Spotlight Performing Arts Academy

Happy New Year!