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.