Brenda Roberts

About the ArtistRoberts Brenda

I believe that clay is a vehicle to create vessels that are both beautiful and utilitarian. My pots are reminiscent of a time when all pottery was handmade and intended for daily use.  In a world where the connection between the maker and object is increasingly distant, I continue to make functional pottery. Working with clay connects me to something deeper inside and allows me to slow down and focus on what is important in my life. My goal is for the user to make the pot part of their daily life and hopefully remind them of the need for harmony with our natural environment.

Clay is responsive to the touch when wet but when fired it becomes both dense and strong. I take great satisfaction in knowing that when I create a pot it becomes something real and permanent. My wish is that the excitement and pleasure I experience when making pots comes through in the end product and that the user will feel a connection to the maker as well.

Brenda is a North Carolina native who grew up in Charlotte and now resides in Matthews, NC.  She is the mother of twin daughters and an adopted rescue dog. Brenda graduated from Kings College, Charlotte NC where she majored in business. Her ceramics career began with one class in 1984 and that started what became a thirty- plus year commitment to making pottery.  She has taken numerous continuing education classes, attended workshops and lectures.

Brenda is a founding member of Carolina Clay Matters, a guild that currently numbers over ninety ceramic artists. She has held positions on their board several times over the years. For seven years, she owned and operated a fine crafts gallery in Mooresville, NC and maintained a studio there. She was also part of Clayworks, a non-profit organization, dedicated to education and to fostering public interest in ceramics. Her studio is currently located in Mint Hill, NC.

Recently, she has worked as a teaching assistant at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She participates in juried pottery shows and has won numerous awards for her work.  She also exhibits in galleries throughout the eastern United States. 

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