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Pottery 51 Hosts Second Friday on December 13th

Come join The Lofts at 7714 tenant Pottery 51 as they host their monthly Second Friday open house on December 13th from 6:30 – 9 pm.  In addition to wine and cheese, visitors will have a chance to shop for a truly original holiday gift at the studio’s gallery.  With a wide variety of clay works and jewelry created by local artists, you’re sure to find the perfect item for that loved one who has everything.

Pottery 51 consists of 24 potters who create, spin and bake their pottery right on site.  They also offer pottery classes for adults.  Call 980-219-8657 or visit for more information.

The Lofts at 7714 is a retrofitted mill property in located downtown Mint Hill with available commercial space.

Pottery 51 Open House in Mint Hill

Pottery 51’s Second Friday reception and studio tour is this Friday, November 8th from 6:30 to 9 pm at the studio located in The Lofts at 7714.  This month’s featured artists are long-time Pottery 51 leader David Bridge and Althea Mead-hajduk.

Pottery 51’s studio houses 26 local potters who spin and bake their clay works on site.  The end results are displayed in the front gallery as well as in each potter’s individual space, which makes Friday night’s reception the perfect time to start your holiday shopping.  Forget the “same old, same old” gifts this year.  Give a truly unique gift – a piece made by a local artist in Mint Hill.

Come spend this Friday night in a new way at Pottery 51’s Second Friday event. 

The Lofts at 7714, Mint Hill’s only mill property retrofitted into 10 unique commercial loft spaces, is located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill.

Pottery 51 Open House This Friday

Cap off your week with a little inspiration and a lot of beautiful pottery.  Come join Pottery 51 for its “Second Friday” open house this Friday, September 13th from 6 to 9 pm.  With over 24 members now, Pottery 51 offers a wide array of clay artistry styles to peruse as you converse with the artists themselves.  And it’s never too early to get a head start on your holiday shopping in Pottery 51’s gallery of clay objects, jewelry and other artwork for sale. 

Refreshments will be served and you can check out Pottery 51’s new back deck, a perfect spot to enjoy your glass of wine and relax on a late summer evening. 

Pottery 51 is located in The Lofts at 7714, a retrofitted mill building in the heart of downtown Mint Hill at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.   

A Big Thanks to Pottery 51

Pottery 51 is the veteran among the tenants of The Lofts at 7714. Long before this vintage mill building at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill was renamed The Lofts at 7714, they were creating their art within its walls. First as part of Mint Hill Arts and then eventually on their own, they have been wonderful tenants and excellent stewards of this old building.

It has been almost nine months since Pottery 51 moved from their former studio at the back of The Lofts at 7714 into their street-front space. In that time, they have created an artistic oasis for themselves and the town of Mint Hill, hosting their First Friday open houses, providing locally-made pottery and jewelry via their front gallery, and offering classes to aspiring potters of all ages.

In addition to the internal work on their studio, the potters of Pottery 51, led by the tireless David Bridge, have added significant curb appeal to both the front and back of this building. As these photos show, Pottery 51, has brought new life to the building. JMMT, the owners of The Lofts at 7714, extend our sincere thanks to Pottery 51 for all of their hard work and their tender loving care of this circa 1945 building.

Pottery 51 Street Front Entrance and Back Patio

Pottery 51 Front EntrancePottery 51 Back Deck

Mint Hill Potters Participating in Pottery Festival

The local artists of Pottery 51 will participate in the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild’s Spring Pottery Festival this weekend.  The festival is Saturday, May 11th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Barn at McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Road in Charlotte.  Specifically, Pottery 51’s Rachel Hoover, David Bridge, Max McLeod, Althea Hayduk and Brenda Roberts will join about 50 other local potters, all members of the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild, in displaying their ceramic works at the festival.

Pottery 51’s studio and gallery are located within The Lofts at 7714, a retrofitted mill property at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill.  The nonprofit group rents individual studio space to local potters and offers pottery classes to local residents.

Spend an Evening with Pottery 51

Looking for something fun to do tonight in Mint Hill.  Look no further than Pottery 51, located in The Lofts at 7714, as they host their First Friday event tonight, May 3 from 6:30 to 9 pm.  Light refreshments will be served while you browse through the potters’ studio.

And in case you are looking for a truly unique Mother’s Day gift, check out the Pottery 51 gallery, which includes the handmade, local pottery and jewelry of member artists.

For more information about Pottery 51, visit



First Friday Open House at Pottery 51 Tonight

Come one, come all to Pottery 51’s First Friday Open House tonight, April 5th, from 6:30 to 9 pm.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with a treat for the eye in the works of its very talented artists.  This month’s featured potters are Appoline Mahle and Tarah Stroman.

Appoline is attracted to the infinite possibilities that can be made with clay and glazing techniques.  Her artistic style features clean, simple lines with an unexpected twist or whimsical flare.

Tarah, the newest member of Pottery 51,  is an accomplished jewelry artist who loves working with a variety of materials and is excited about the prospect of working with her own hands to make clay beads.

Pottery 51 is located within The Lofts at 7714, Mint Hill’s retrofitted mill building at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill.

For more informaiton about Pottery 51 visit their facebook page at

Spend an Evening with the Artists of Pottery 51

Looking for something different to do this Friday night?  Why not stop by Pottery 51’s Open House, where you will enjoy the beautiful clay works of local artists along with delicious food and wine, all in their eclectic studio within the walls of Mint Hill’s only former textile mill – The Lofts at 7714.  The brick walls and raftered ceilings make the perfect aesthetic backdrop to the unique, hand-made pottery of this month’s featured artists – Paul Lyon and Nic Nelson.

Pottery 51 is located right on highway 51 in downtown Mint Hill at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  Drop by anytime tonight, Friday March 1st between 6:30 and 9 pm.

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.

Pottery 51 to Celebrate Grand Opening in New Lofts Location

Pottery 51, one of the original tenants of The Lofts at 7714, is about to complete its move to a new, larger, street-front space within this former mill building.  The nonprofit’s potters and volunteers have been working hard over the last two months to transform the 3,400 square foot space into their new pottery studio.  They have converted the front of their space into an art gallery where potters will be able to show and sell their work to the public.  Come by and check it out at Pottery 51’s grand opening, this Wednesday, October 31st from 10 am to 6 p.m.