Kate Johnston

About the Artist

kate johnstonI came to clay early in a meandering kind of way. When I dedicated myself to the ceramic medium I had already worked in a painting studio for 5 years. I had studied landscape, figure, and still life. When I was exposed to molding an object in dimension it was like bringing paintings into reality. The physicality brought me to clay, the chemistry of ceramics materials seduced me, and the firing process kept me infatuated.

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Maria Andrade Troya

About the Artist

maria andrade troyaMaria Andrade Troya started her artistic life as a ballerina, moving to printmaking and finally settling on clay (for now). Originally from Equador, Maria makes intricately drawn patterns on her stoneware, firing with a number of glazes that she favors. Whether it be the "Black Eyed Pea" pattern or some of her newer Black & White or Turquoise & Golden colorways, the forms are always functional.

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Andrea Freeman (Freeman Clayworks)

About the Artist

andrea freemanMy drive as an artist is to make affordable, everyday ware. My designs are inspired by nature and children. They have taught me to take life as it comes and to find joy in the little things. I continue to make work in hopes that I may bring someone a bit of light or cheer in their day. Perhaps to make life a little bit more personal and meaningful.

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Gertrude Graham Smith

About the Artist

gertrude smithThese days, I contemplate the relevance of living as a practicing artist with our planet facing extraordinary challenges. I imagine how the work of my hands and heart may be of benefit. Perhaps, working as a potter develops beneficial qualities: caring attention, commitment, honesty, courage, passion, hard work, love of beauty, and a willingness to get one’s hands dirty. Engaging daily in the primordial, mysterious act of creation with earth, water, fire, air, the essential raw materials of which we and the pots are made, links us with all earthly life.

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Jim & Shirl Parmentier

About the Artist

jim and shirlWe have been working together in clay for over 40 years. Each piece moves back and forth between the two us to complete all of the intricate steps involved in our work. As nationally recognized potters, we have participated in nearly every major art fair in the county.

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Crystal King

About the Artist

crystal kingI'm thrilled when customers tell me my pieces make them grin and feel good.  That's exactly what I want my work to do - make people smile on a daily basis.

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Elise W.P. Delfield (Pincu Pottery)

About the Artist

elise delfieldNature plays a large, inspirational role for both the design and decoration of my pottery. Primarily inspired by my local environment, I use rich, red clay that references our red mountain dirt of Western North Carolina.  My surfaces are inspired by lively colors found in blooming mountain flowers, butterflies and bird feathers.

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Lou Raye Nichol

About the Artist

lou raye nicholAfter exploring many avenues of producing ceramics I have settled on carbon trapped porcelain. This is a process in which black smoke is created in the kiln at a certain stage in the firing, and the glazes are formulated to trap the carbon from that smoke. The results are all accidental. The beauty of the effects created by this method can be breathtaking. Their unpredictability can be humbling. There is a magic in opening a kiln full of surprises.

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Leah Leitson

About the Artist

leah leitsonI have always enjoyed making pieces that can be functional forms for everyday use as well as presentation pieces for special occasions.  My forms are predominately inspired by eighteenth and nineteenth century decorative arts, particularly utilitarian silver tableware and Sevres porcelain.  My work is also influenced by my reverence for plant forms in nature.  My intent is to artistically integrate these influences together with function so my work expresses a single vision.

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Xena Electra

About the Artist

xena electraXena Electra's “modern artifacts” celebrate the satisfaction found through human labor while providing an antidote to current technology’s lure of instant gratification and perfection.

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Lucy Clark

About the Artist

lucy clarkTo me, life is a work of art always in progress and only finished when we take our last breath.  It is through this belief that art informs all that I am and all that I do.  Even within the daily routines that consume so much of our time, art is alive and only waits for our notice.

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Pam Brewer

About the Artist

pam brewerI would like to believe that with each coil or tap of the paddle, with each pinch or twist of the clay, the sculpture within reveals itself, through gesture and line.  It is, after all, the essence of the object that is most important to me.  Truthfully, the animal representation is a means of giving an identity to my greatest interest as an artist, the organic form.

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Tim Turner

About the Artist

tim turnerI have always followed the school of thought that form is the most important aspect of pottery making. No amount of glaze manipulation can rescue a poor form. So I strive to make simple and quiet forms sometimes altering the shape by pinching, scraping or drawing in the clay with a small stick. These textures affect glazes by thinning them on exposed edges and thickening them in crevasses thus making subtle changes in the color.

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Raine Middleton (Hartzog Pottery)

About the Artist

raine middletonA direct descendant of Catawba Valley potter David Hartzog, I grew up in western Lincoln County in the heart of pottery country.  Though my forms are influenced by the traditional NC forms, I am interested in contemporary surface design.

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Martin Stankus (Tin Roof Pottery)

About the Artist

martin stankusThe low fire technique I utilize in my saggar work is spontaneous with commonly unanticipated results that are very intriguing to me. The use of natural materials to create the smoke and fuming atmosphere within the firing chamber and interaction of the aluminum foil with the vessel surface creates decorative details that are unique to each piece.

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Gretchen Quinn

About the Artist

gretchen quinnI make functional ceramics with a clean, modern feel. All of the pieces in my tableware line are a reflection of what I would like to have and use in my own home daily. I’m definitely under the spell of well-made crafts and a lot of what I make spins out from my love of Danish Modern and Shaker designs where simplicity, utility and honesty are the guiding principles in their work.

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Dan R. Triece (Dirtworks)

About the Artist

Dirtworks is the home pottery of Dan Triece.  Dan’s initials are "DRT", the starting point for the name of his pottery.  Add an "I" and you have "Dirt", thus "Dirtworks."

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John & Scottie Post (Hog Hill Pottery)

About the Artist

john scottieHog Hill Pottery, the studio of John & Scottie Post, is located in the Historic Pottery District of Catawba County, Vale, North Carolina. Each piece is handcrafted and is a unique creation. Their expertise in potting, surface design, glazing, and firing continues to explore every aspect of the art of Studio Pottery. John and Scottie combine over 30 years of experience making pottery.

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Jake Ford

About the Artist

jake fordMy work is a whimsical celebration of more is more. Somewhere between lush decorative elements, graphic patterns, and a whole lot of gold is my place of inspiration. Creating embellished and functional ceramic objects for the everyday, as well as ornate pieces for life's special events, allows me to instill a playful spirit into eating, drinking, and entertaining.

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Marina Bosetti

About the Artist

marina bosettiMarina Bosetti is regional artist known for her joyful use of color and movement not usually found in ceramics. “When people see my work I want them to smile, take a breath, and remember to feel good.” Marina's business, Bosetti Art Tile, focuses on home deco specializing in custom tile that connects your heart to your home.

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Liz Kelly

About the Artist

liz kellyAll I make functional wheel-thrown wares with a playful contemporary aesthetic. My work is both form and function focused in order to bring elegance to everyday home life.

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McNeill's Pottery

About the Artist

mcneills pottery2A family owned and operated business, McNeill's Pottery specializes in functional pieces as well as decorative works of art. As a team they come up with their own designs and colors, and enjoy working together as a family each day.

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Stacy Lambert

About the Artist

stacy lambertAll of Stacy’s work is carefully constructed and abundantly detailed his clay figures and his amazing pen and ink and colored pencil drawings.

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Samantha Oliver

About the Artist

samantha oliverMy work is a union of pattern, repetition, and tactile surface treatment that is stimulating to the touch. Texturing my pieces allows me to experiment with line quality, rhythm, and movement. My pots incorporate objects and imagery found in nature, which have personal value to me.

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Adam Landman and Anne Pärtna (Blue Hen Pottery)

About the Artist

adam and ann3Blue Hen Pottery is the partnership of Adam Landman and Anne Pärtna.

Adam loves to work in the low fire range, but currently makes use of the wood kiln to finish his wares. Child like drawings in themes of monsters, storms and conflicts are used as metaphors in narrative paintings on plates, platters and cups.

Anne prefers the volatile atmosphere  of wood firing, using salt and simple glazes to bring the surfaces of her wide range of forms to life. Delicate line drawings on cups, plates and covered jars and hand-built sculptural vessels are touched many times in multiple steps of forming, shaping, finishing, drawing and slip painting.

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Terry & Anna King (Kings Pottery)

About the Artist

terry anna kingThe Kings have played a strong role in the revival of the production of Southern Folk Art. The pieces they create are functional, everyday items that become transformed with creativity, talent, and hard work. Their altered jugs, wheel-thrown pieces, face jugs and grape cluster pitchers are all highly collectible.

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Joey Sheehan

About the Artist

joey sheehanI began my explorations in clay almost 14 years ago.  I was seduced by the material and the wheel, and the idea that I could create something beautiful and useful at the same time.  My interest then fell into surface and color, using textural porcelain slips and layered glazes to create bright, flowing, and volatile surfaces. 

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