I was asked to participate in an educational grant to help students understand the art and science of pottery.   I wrote curriculum about the chemistry of glazes and the physics of a pottery wheel along with many other topics.  As part of the adventure, the resident potter allowed me to try out throwing on the wheel.  I was instantly hooked! Over the past 15 years, I have taken lessons from local studios and John C. Campbell Folk School.  I enjoy incorporating the shapes, colors and textures found in nature.  Our State magazine carries several pieces of my work in their online store. 

Tales of the High Seas and Beyond began three years ago bringing illustrated handmade porcelain to the table. Debra is a published illustrator with a love of pottery. She works out of her home studio combining under glaze illustration with wheel thrown and slab rolled functional porcelain forms. Debra has been drawing her whole life graduating with a Fine Art Degree in book making and discovered clay 17 years ago. She has been working in clay on and off since then. She has, over the past three years, combined the two mediums to create original and unique pieces for special occasions or everyday use.

Janet Belinski

I have been playing in the dirt on and off for over 25 years by creating both decorative and functional work. Nature is where I draw inspiration using plants and water creatures to make each piece unique. Working with clay keeps me happy and relaxed.

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Linda Belter

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Dianna Bessette is currently working in earthen ware on both functional and dysfunctional pieces. I enjoy traditional shapes, contemporary glazes and the textures of life.

Using the ancient technique of cuerda seca, a cloisonné-inspired method of decoration originally used to mimic the look of mosaic, I make ceramic tiles and other home decor items that evoke a sense of serenity and celebration. My work is intentionally happy. The dark terra-cotta color of stoneware clay takes the edge off of even the brightest of reds and oranges making them earthy, easy to live with, and easy to care for.

When I moved to North Carolina, I quickly seized the opportunity to learn from and play in clay with some of the many potters known in this area. I believe that after fifteen years I have developed my own style.  I enjoy working on the wheel and the freedom of hand building methods. Of course, wanting the best of both, it is only natural that I combine techniques. It is also natural that I was drawn to making frogs, for I have been a "frog freak" since I was a child. It began with bowls and cups coming off of the wheel. I began to add legs and those wonderful bugged eyes. Each frog and each piece has its unique personality, just like us. This is life, and I am so enjoying being a full time potter!

Sharon is a retired Digital Media Arts Professor, at Santa Ana College, CA. She returned to her hometown, Charlotte six years ago. Sharon is returning to her love of traditional media – clay, watercolor, pastel, and colored pencil. She has enjoyed working with Paula Smith at Central Piedmont Community College in her Studio classes over past three years. She enjoys designing abstract representation from organic shapes in nature.

John  is 41 and lives in Gastonia, NC. He has been doing functional ware and face jugs/mugs for the past two years. He comes from a family of ceramicists. His Mom, Grandfather and Grandmother did slip casting with hand decorating. John grew up around clay. He studied under Jack Sexton at JS Pottery. His current work is Casserole dishes, ring vases, pitchers and some folk pottery like water jugs.

I studied jewelry design at the Jewelry Arts Institute in NY as a goldsmith with a focus on Byzantine and Etruscan techniques, including gold granulation, classical chain-making and classical settings. Upon moving to NC, I discovered the rich and varied ceramics community with class/workshop opportunities.  As I began to learn the possibilities of working with clay, I became more intrigued with incorporating textures and found objects into my work bringing to life what has been discarded or overlooked in both metal and clay.

David Clark

I have been working with clay for over 30 years as a part-time hobby but after I retired from the Post Office after 34 years I decided to spend more time working with my craft. 
The results is a lot of pots and a new etsy shop. I'm proud of the pots I make and love when I hear that others enjoy using them.

Lori Clodfelter

Lori is a full time studio potter living and working in Seagove, NC, where she owns and runs Pottery Road Studio and Gallery. Her work focuses on balancing form and function and bringing art into everyday pottery pieces.   Her love of the Lowcountry of South Carolina shines through in her work.   You will find Spanish Moss trees, tidal flats, and southern charm in all her pieces.  She works in white stoneware locally sourced in NC, and carves her work in a process called sgraffito.  The work is then high fired in a gas reduction kiln.

Jim Deason

James is happiest when making, building, creating and fixing. He earned a BFA in ceramics from East Carolina University in 1987 but had a hard time deciding what to major in having equal interest in woodworking, sculpture , glassblowing, jewelry and more! He loves throwing and hand building primarily functional pottery using stoneware and fires in a large gas kiln he built years ago. “Nature has always been an inspiration as he loves hiking , camping, gardening and back yard birding”!

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I am a Studio Potter at Pottery 51 in Mint Hill.   I thoroughly enjoy the muddy process of throwing on the wheel or handbuilding and bring life to my pottery with textures from nature and with shapes of animals:  owls, geese, chickens and pigs !  My pottery is for your daily use and amusement

I am fortunate to have my own studio at my home along the Catawba River in Charlotte. It allows me the time to release stress from my workday whenever I need it!  Pottery is a wonderful hobby and when someone compliments or purchases your work, the endorphins do wonderful things to your mindset.  Being a part of CCM

allows me to collaborate with other potters at different levels of ability and also participate in many workshops. Ideas and techniques are gleaned from all. I enjoy making functional forms and glazing in whatever color strikes my fancy that particular day.

Sylvia Coppola has been working in clay since 1976, earning her BFA from Western Carolina University.  Sylvia is a studio potter in Indian Trail, NC where she opened Duck Creek Pottery in 1989. She currently teaches workshops on hand building, throwing, marketing and glazing.  Duck Creek Pottery is sold in gift shops and galleries across the US, including Alaska and in Canada. The pottery is thrown, sometimes altered and hand built and is fired to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere in shades of greens, browns, tans and blues. 

Hal was born and raised in the Catawba Valley and lives in Lawndale, North Carolina. Primarily self-taught, he has been making Catawba Valley pottery since 1994. Keeping alive the tradition of using simple ash glazes and firing the pottery in his wood-fired ground hog kiln reflects Hal’s love of tradition within his community and heritage. His pots and unique creations are expressions of his honor for this ancient craft. Hal’s work was included in the Mint Museum’s “A Thriving Tradition” 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery 2011 – 2012 permanent collection. He is also a featured potter in “Valley Ablaze” Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley

Sue Edwards

Sue Edwards began working in clay in 2014 after moving to Charlotte.  She is inspired by the female figure and nature. Learning to create beautiful forms and sculpting has opened a new chapter in her artistic world.


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