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.
Award tiles for 2018 winners at the annual Longleaf Film Festival were handmade by Meredith Heywood, of Whynot Pottery. She and her husband, Mark, started out on a borrowed wheel from Jugtown Pottery. After years of training, practice, and trial and error, they took full advantage of the older potters who lived and worked around Seagrove. Meredith is a North Carolina native, and she currently lives on her grandfather’s birthplace. As a child, “my two brothers and two sisters and I would spend our summers . . . on the farm . . . chasing cows and working in tobacco, but we spent more time fishing and swimming in the large pond on the property.” One of her favorite memories is collecting small . . . shards at Cole’s pottery: “We thought of the tiny bits of glazed pieces as if they were gems.” Read more in this blog post.
The artist for our 2017 award tile was 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!