Dimensions: 21″ (height) x 11″ (diameter)
Media: locally dug clay, fired in a large wood-burning kiln
Fair Market Value: $450
Minimum Bid Amount: $200
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I was born in Rochester, MN in 1971, and raised in Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC. I enjoyed painting and drawing as a child, but wasn’t properly introduced to clay until I was in College. After my first pottery class, I changed my major to Art and two years later graduated with honors from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. I wanted to continue developing my skills and learn how to make a living making pottery, so I arranged two consecutive apprenticeships. I worked for Todd Piker in Cornwall Bridge, CT from 1994 to 1997, and worked another six months For Mark Hewitt in 1997. In 1998 I built the pottery and kilns in Leicester’s Big Sandy Mush Valley, and have worked here continuously since then.
I have participated in shows and exhibits all over the state. I became a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 2000 and have done their Craft Fairs for seven years and now serve on the Fair Committee. I have exhibited at the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival for seven years and have been included in the Potters’ Market Invitational at the Mint Museum for three years. My work has been featured in magazines: Travel and Leisure and Ceramics Monthly and books: Making a Living in Crafts, by Donald Clark and North Carolina Pottery: the Collection of the Mint Museums, by Dr. Barbara Perry. My work has also been featured in exhibitions at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC and the Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Asheville, NC and I have several pots in The Mint Museum’s permanent collection in Charlotte, NC. I have taught classes at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, and lectured for the Mint Museum’s Delhom Service League, Hendersonville public Library, Asheville Buncombe County Geological Society, and the North Carolina Folk Pottery Collector’s Guild in Raleigh.