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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.


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.

Charlotte Observer Highlights Spotlight Performing Arts Academy

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy’s grand opening last weekend featured musicians entertaining visitors as traffic passed by on busy Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill, a first for The Lofts at 7714.  The newly remodeled space within The Lofts at 7714 now features a baby-grand piano and stage in the central gallery, several music studios where students will learn and hone their talent, and a signature wall – the place of honor where all those who perform on the Academy’s stage can sign their name.

The Charlotte Observer highlighted the event in today’s South Charlotte News section in “Spotlight Academy Opens in Mint Hill,” by Marty Minchin.  Congratulations to Angela Gordon, owner and founder of Spotlight Performing Arts Academy!



Even More on Tap This Weekend in Mint Hill

In addition to the Mint Hill Highland Games, there is even more on tap this weekend in Mint Hill.  Tonight, May 4th, is the first of this year’s “Movies on the Lawn.”  Hosted by the town and held in front of the Town Hall, this free event features a family-oriented movie on Friday nights, starting with tonight’s classic – Charlotte’s Web.   Movies start at dusk or around 8:30 pm.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets and come enjoy!

Tomorrow, May 5th, the Mint Hill Farmers Market opens for the season.  Held on the grounds of the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, which is just across the street a bit from The Lofts at 7714, the market is open from 9 am to 1 pm and features locally-grown vegetables, plants and baked goods.

Bring out your Kilt and Have Fun at Mint Hill’s Highland Games this Weekend

This weekend Mint Hill boasts yet another fun-filled festival.  Just weeks after the Mint Hill Historical Society’s “Discover Mint Hill,” the Mint Hill Scottish Society will host its 8th annual Mint Hill Highland Games.  Going on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th at Fairview Park off Highway 218, the Games will feature live music, games and food.  Admission and parking are free.  Come join the fun in Mint Hill.

The Film “Nature Calls” Features Work of Lofts Tenant Scott Slagle

Scott Slagle continues to make an impact with his digital recording studio, Asylum Digital, well beyond the bounds of Mint Hill and Charlotte.  This Lofts at 7714 tenant worked on the soundtrack for the film “Nature Calls” which recently debuted at the SXSW festival – Austin, Texas’ annual music, film and interactive conference and festival.   The comedy features Maura Tierney, Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville.

For more information about the vintage space that Scott and Asylum Digital call home in Mint Hill, call 704-491-1472 or 704-968-8286.