23rd Annual
“Treasures of the Earth Pottery Show and Sale”
Exhibit Dates: Feb. 8 – March 7; Mon. – Fri., 9 – 5:30pm

Opening Reception: Feb. 8, 5:30 – 7:30pm
This promises to be the best exhibit yet with the works of 27
local and regional artists plus lots of NEW potters! The works on
exhibit include sculpture and pottery in a wide variety of styles.
It is a must see show!
Pam Bailey
My pottery is all handmade, either thrown on the potter’s wheel or handbuilt or a combination of both. With the exception of raku fired pieces, everything is food safe, dishwasher safe and can be used in a microwave. All carved designs are original, including my original BaileyFish design. I hope you enjoy looking in my shop and hope even more that you find something you can’t live without.

Ronnie Blackburn
Ronnie started taking pottery classes at Isothermal Community College in 2005 and has worked out of Allen Griffin’s studio in Shelby since 2009. Ronnie loves using the different techniques to develop a piece of pottery. His specialties are coil and slab built pieces. The majority of his work is one of kind pieces.

Renee Clemmer
Renee Clemmer started ceramics just before she retired from Gaston County Schools. It only took one class for her to become addicted to the possibilities of clay. She uses the wheel for more traditional pieces and hand builds to create one of a kind art. Renee has taken classes and workshops held by many regional potters. She continues to learn new techniques at Gaston College.
Brian Dukes
Brian is originally from Upstate, NY but has lived in Cleveland County since 2003. He takes pottery in Forest City at Good Earth Pottery Studio. Brian enjoys transforming clay into one-of-a-kind faces and fantastical animals. Brian also paints murals and draws in his spare time. Brian and his wife Violet and their daughter Scarlett, reside here in Shelby.

Vickie Gill
Vicki Gill established Bluegill Pottery in 1997.  Her forte is thrown and handbuilt stoneware clay.  Firing takes place in oxidation and on occasion in an atmospheric kiln.  The tactile impression is as important to her as the visual impression, so carving and texturing methods form a common thread throughout the body of work. A desire to use and master techniques such as carving and development of rich surface color and texture was influenced by Eastern pottery. Everyday use of handmade work was another important part of a tradition that appealed to her. Her studio has been located in Gastonia since 2004.

Mandy Huffman
Mandy Huffman is a resident of Rutherford County NC. As a former painter coming from a family of artists, I never really experienced a calling until I took a class under John King at ICC and discovered the wonderful 3D effect that I could achieve with clay. I get my inspiration from nature and like to combine details and sculpture to form a “surprise” within a ceramic piece that can be used for both function and art.

Dorothy Houlditch
Dorothy has been making pottery for 15 years. She focuses on hand building with coils or rolled slabs. Large coil pots with textured exteriors, often embellished with leaves and mountain laurel or grapevine handles along with coiled garden bells have become her signature work.  Wall hangings or pots with faces that celebrate the female, whether a Celtic & Green (Wo)man; or a Medusa, are other favorites to create. The function of a piece is often not as important to this potter as the creative process that goes into making it. Dorothy enjoys working at the Good Earth Pottery Studio in Forest City with Kiowa Clone and John King.  She also works in her studio on her farm at the edge of the South Mountains. Visit her Facebook page: Red Feather Pottery.
Susan Jones
Susan is a Shelby native and a full time math instructor at Cleveland Community College. She got her first taste of making pottery as a student at Shelby High School while taking art from Ford McDonald. Years later, she attended the Contemporary Potters of Western North Carolina seminar at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) where she tried throwing for the first time. She studied pottery with Allen Griffin in Shelby beginning in 2007. Susan also studied with Ron Philbeck at Cleveland Community College in early 2014.  In 2016, after Allen Griffin’s death, she purchased A Griffin Pottery on South Lafayette St, and is in the studio in the evenings and on weekends as much as possible. Susan finds that working with clay, whether throwing or hand building, is excellent stress relief and therapy after teaching all day. Susan’s work is available at Buffalo Creek Gallery and A Griffin Pottery in Shelby. www.susanjonespottery.com
Maggie & Freeman Jones
Since 1984 Maggie and Freeman Jones have been producing a functional and decorative line of stoneware pottery. Since the turn of the new century they have been producing one of a kind, decorative ceramics still based on function. Their showroom is located in a small house just 2 and .5 miles south of I-40 exit 73 at Old Fort, NC. TurtleIslandPottery.com

Doug Knotts
Doug has been doing pottery since 1972. He was a sophomore in college and his major was English. “I decided to switch to an Art major after a couple of ceramic courses,” he said. After graduation, Knotts worked as a park potter in Alabama. It was production, but he was able to teach children that came through the park. He then worked at Toe Rivers Art Council in Mitchell County, NC and after that he joined the NC Visiting Artist Association. He was placed at a Community College and worked at different schools in that area teaching and producing. Eventually he became known for his bird pots. He got the idea of birds from his Grandfather. “He worked at a hospital and he would carve birds out of wood and give them to the sick children in the hospital. I make bird pots because of those experiences; also to continue to sell pots I needed something different.” After many years of being a production potter Mr. Knotts got tired of making the same things. “When I first became a production potter I was able to make the same thing and still grow,” he said, “but eventually it got too commercial and I wasn’t interested in selling the same thing over and over again.” Knotts wanted to grow. Currently he is able to grow in his spare time with sculpture and other methods as he teaches at Gardner-Webb University. Doug plans to keep growing and experimenting with different techniques as a potter.
Barry Ledbetter
I was introduced to pottery in an art elective class at Western Carolina University taught by Joan Byrd, Professor of Art. At that time only one class was available to non-art majors, so my interest was put on hold for over 30 years. In 2006 I enrolled at Isothermal Community College and have been practicing ever since. I am indebted to Kiowa Cilone and John King of Good Earth Pottery Studio in Forest City, NC for patiently nurturing my developing skills. In 2013 my wife and I converted an old farm house into a working shop we call Ledbetter Pottery. Our shop is located 9 miles south of Shelby, NC.

Richard Dana Paul
Peaceful Path Pottery is owned and operated by Richard Dana Paul. Dana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art at Maryville College in Tenn., and a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  He has been making pottery for over four decades. A retired college administrator, Dana now pursues his love of pottery full time at his studio in Valdese, N.C.  Dana’s work has been described as “Pottery with personality” due primarily to the variety of face pots featured in his catalog. He utilizes oxidization (electric kiln) and/or reduction (gas kiln) firing methods to achieve the vibrant colors and textures found in his pieces. A regular participant in art and craft fair events throughout Western North Carolina, Dana’s event schedule, as well as various samples of his most recent work, can be seen on Facebook.com/PeacefulPathPottery.

Ron Philbeck
I started making pots in 1992 after returning home from college. I had studied mathematics but my heart had always been in the arts. A friend talked me into taking some clay classes and before long I was hooked. It was about a year later when I read an article by Minnesota potter Warren MacKenzie and fell in love with the idea of producing functional pottery for everyday use. Finally, I had found a medium where I could express my creativity and at the same time serve a purpose, that of preparing and serving food. Through workshops and classes, and much time spent at the wheel, I began my training as a potter. In 1996 I set up my kiln and workshop and established myself in Cleveland County. It’s pretty amazing that I am doing what I love to do. I never thought I would have a "job" that is so satisfying. Being a functional potter is challenging. After all, the pots must work well and stand up to everyday use. Also, I'd like them to be pleasing visually and invite the user to hold and touch them. I feel the pottery is a communication between the potter and the person using the pot. http://www.ronphilbeckpottery.com http://etsy.com/shop/RonPhilbeckPottery

Katherine Petke
When I’m not working with clay, I’m dreaming about it. There are days that pottery is out of sight, but never out of mind or heart. I have always enjoyed nature and being outside so it came natural for me to be inspired to make things such as birdbath feeders. The love of trees and leaves are shown in my pottery as well. My imagination runs wild as I turn, twist, squeeze and ripple the Clay with my hands. At times I am surprised at what the Clay will do for me. The colors of the glazes are all shades of what I believe are natures colors. As I continue my journey in pottery, I experience new tools, glazes and Clay. I meet amazing people and share the love for art. To show and sell my pottery is an honor and a privilege. For all those who enjoy the outdoors as I do I hope you can see it in my work. Earth to pots!
Barbara Rogers
The processes in clay are alchemy. They are all about changes.  And turning mud into something of beauty, that hopefully will give some joy to someone’s life. In 2007 I retired and moved from Florida to the beautiful North Carolina mountains. I work at the community clay studio of Black Mountain Center for the Arts. You might say I like the scientific method in art, exploring the possibilities of a new idea with clay. My BFA in ceramics is from the University of Florida (1983,) after I had apprenticed myself to a friend potter back in the 70’s. I continued my studies at UF and got two graduate degrees in Counselor Education. Before retiring I offered counseling to seniors and became an Activity Director. Now I live in a senior apartment complex, and eat at a senior lunch site, (everything comes back around.) I still love working with clay to create functional things that also are beautiful.
Fred & Debbie Rust
We make our pots in our home studio, located in Gastonia, NC. We focus mainly on functional pottery that can be used for everyday purposes. Fred makes most of his pots on the wheel while Debbie enjoys hand building. We add texture to the clay from a variety of items such as lace, stamps, and other natural materials. Our pots are fired to a cone 5 or 6 in an electric kiln.
Taylor Short
My name is Taylor Short and I am nineteen years old. About three years ago I had an opportunity to take my very first pottery class. This is where I quickly fell in love with the craft. My interest in pottery continued to grow and I decided to buy my own supplies and start my own business. Today, I make and sell my “Small Town Pottery” from my home in Fallston, North Carolina.

Janet Sims
Janet is a retired elementary teacher and counselor in Shelby, NC. As a recreation, she has been dabbling in pottery, on and off, for years. After some semesters of instruction on the wheel, she found herself drawn to hand-building and to expressing characters and creatures that were waiting in the clay. Janet’s work is primitive and whimsical with brightly colored expressions of emotion.
Andrew Stephenson
I'm a potter in western NC. I make wood fired, salt glazed stoneware. I am currently teaching in the professional crafts dept at Western Piedmont Community College as an adjunct instructor. The classes are two nights a week and the rest of the time I work in my studio.

Cindy Streib
A curiosity of clay started in 2004 at the Isothermal Community College. My instructors were Kiowa Cilone, and John King. I followed them to their Good Earth Studio in Forest City and then started working entirely from my home. Stoneware and Earthenware are my choices to produce functional and sculptured pieces. Through the years my work has received awards of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the Celebration of the Arts in Rutherfordton and pottery shows sponsored by the Visual Art Guild of Rutherfordton. Expression in clay has infinite possibilities, a perfect medium for that creative desire.

Glenn Tanzer
Glenn Tanzer was born and raised in New York City and its suburbs. He moved to North Carolina at the age of 25 and has made his home in Burke County since 1980. Following a 30 year career as a federal civil servant he enrolled in classes at Western Piedmont Community College to develop skills as a potter. He began offering his works for sale in 2011. His work is sold at select shows during the year as well as at West Union Art Studios in Morganton NC. Glenn became intrigued by the possibilities of creating random variations of surface decoration by using various colored clays in his work. Many of the colors in his work are the results of mixing various metallic oxides or ceramic stains into light colored stoneware or very white porcelain. He then uses the colored clays to accent utilitarian and then applies a clear glaze.
Lin Venhuizen
I have enjoyed working with clay for almost 25 years...Hand built slab work is my favorite!  I love texture, color, odd shapes, and happy mistakes!  I am grateful to the Cleveland County Arts Council for the Treasures of the Earth show in which I have been fortunate to participate in for many years.
Lisa Wassén
Lisa L. Wassén is a Shelby native. She has worked with clay for over five years. As owner of Green Owl Pottery, Lisa focuses on creating pottery inspired by nature. She incorporates natural element shapes and textures into many of her pieces. The majority of her work focuses on hand building and sculpting pottery. Lisa and her husband, Kurt, live in Shelby and enjoy exploring the outdoors frequently.

Tricia Woodland
I fell in love with clay in 2003. What started as a weekly pottery class developed into a passion and love for the arts. I constantly look for ways to share a piece of myself through my pottery. My pieces often reflect my love for the outdoors, my roots of growing up in the Chesapeake Bay area and my faith. Having grown up and been educated thru the Lutheran Church, I often find inspiration in bible verses, prayers and hymns. I received my Bachelors of Art degree from Lenoir Rhyne University. I grew up in Annapolis, MD but call Cherryville NC home. Shelby, NC has also become close to my heart as I advocate for small business and “Shop Local” while working for Uptown Shelby Association.  My home and studio in Cherryville is my place of creativity and peace. I hope each piece of pottery shares that peace with its new caretaker.

Lee Zimmerley
When Lee was in college she took a pottery class and loved it. Over the years, she embraced many artistic outlets - painting, drawing, portraiture, silversmithing - but always moved on to another medium. Then, when she turned 60, her oldest daughter wisely decided to give her an “experiential” gift for Christmas - a pottery class, at a studio in Charlotte. That was three years ago. Lee has become enamored with the art form, especially with the Art Nouveau design period. It reminds her of her grandmother’s pottery. She loves the shapes, so feminine, so sensual, and the colors - deep greens, yellows, reds. She loves forming these beautiful shapes on the wheel, feeling the clay give in to the push and pull of her hands, breathing life into them. Lee loves adorning these pots with embellishments - slip trailed filigree, hand formed florals, draped swags. (It probably helps that Lee taught cake decorating for a time!) She looks forward to growing more knowledgeable and accomplished with her pottery, and look forward to creating it for years to come!

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