photograph by Baxter Miller

Every mug — or vase or bowl or plate or painting — that leaves BluSail Golitz Studios “is seeing the sunlight for the first time,” says Mark Golitz, who, with his wife, Lynn, owns this airy gallery in downtown Morehead City. That’s because the husband-and-wife duo are also the potter and painter who create every piece displayed here, in work studios right in the gallery.

The Golitzes also do plenty of commissioned work out of this former boat-canvas shop, including dinnerware, dog bowls, and, today, 180 starfish-shaped dishes for a state conference.

Ten potter’s wheels, two kilns, and paint-splattered aprons attest to the classes that the pair teaches, from clay sculpture, painting, and wheel pottery, to toad sculptures for kids, to complimentary art classes for cancer patients.

Although all of the the pottery is designed to be used — it can go in ovens, dishwashers, and microwaves — it’s hard to imagine doing anything more than gazing at the casserole dishes and platters, many of which are glazed in a heavenly hue that’s not quite teal, not quite aquamarine, but completely gorgeous.

BluSail Golitz Studios
903 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 723-9516

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Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.