In addition to prizes awarded to individual category winners (discussed on the Submissions page), all winners also receive a unique, hand-crafted (in North Carolina, no less, to celebrate the state’s heritage of pottery making) tile plaque.
The artist for our 2017 award tile is Mary Farrell of Westmoore Pottery. Mary has been part of the Seagrove (Randolph County) community for more than 40 years and is inspired by pottery that was made in North Carolina between 1755 and 1850. “All the pottery is made to be used. . . . I aim to achieve as close a look to the old wares as I can without using a lead glaze,” she notes. “Essentially, what I am doing is trying to replicate the old pottery as it was when it was new, not as the somewhat worn antique it would be today.” Used in more than 120 museums and living history sites, Mary also creates products for period films.
Award tiles for Longleaf Film Festival 2015 were crafted by North Carolina potter Laura Weant of Snowhill Pottery and Tileworks. A graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, she now works in Seagrove (Randolph County), where her work is inspired primarily by the Arts and Crafts movement and the Art Nouveau movement.
Tiles are accompanied with stands that denote the film’s title and winning category. Only enough plaques are crafted for each winner to take one home!