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International publication features local college, arts incubator

International publication features local college, arts incubator

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Ceramics Monthly

10.01.2004Arts & EntertainmentCurriculum Programs

Sanford, NC - The October issue of Ceramics Monthly, an internationally circulated magazine on ceramic arts and craft, features the ceramic arts program at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and the NC Arts Incubator, both located in Siler City, North Carolina.

The article written by Jan Rider, was the result of a collaborative effort with lead instructor and coordinator for ceramic arts education, Dan Rhode, and CCCC Chatham County small business director, Leon Tongret, who also serves as president of the non-profit corporation developing the arts incubator.  Photographer for the project was Seth Tice-Lewis of Carrboro, NC.

Ceramics Monthly has a paid circulation of about 40,000.  It is the world's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive ceramic art periodical.  Founded in 1953, the magazine features articles on potters and ceramic artists from throughout the world, as well as information on exhibits, production processes, book and video reviews, and ceramic art techniques, clay and glaze recipes.

According to Rhode the article will help promote the college program with its unique instructional emphasis on marketing and entrepreneurial skills.  "Besides a foundation in artistic principles and extensive hands-on practice to help develop technique and individual style, our program stands out because we incorporate business principles that will help artists manage galleries and be more successful at selling and promoting their creations," said Rhode.  The curriculum program is entering its second year and is an anchor tenant in the innovative arts incubator. 

"Students thrive in the rich creative atmosphere where they are able to work beside established artists," said Rhode.  "Many of the resident artists who have relocated to the arts incubator are also teaching at the college on a part-time basis.  This international publicity is exciting.  It is great for the college, for the incubator, for the town of Siler City, and for our state."

For more information on Ceramics Monthly and the current issue visit  For additional information on the ceramics program at CCCC go to and for information on the arts incubator visit