24th Annual
“Treasures of the Earth Pottery Show and Sale”
Exhibit Dates: Feb. 7 – March 13; Mon. – Fri., 9 – 5:30pm

Opening Reception: Feb. 7, 5:30 – 7:30pm
This promises to be the best exhibit yet with the works of
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!
pottery bowl by Cathy Babula

Cathy Babula
I find it deeply satisfying, and even magical, to transform clay into something useful and beautiful. A well-crafted piece of pottery speaks to the person using it and offers immediate connection to ancient tradition I strive to provide quality, handcrafted items that foster appreciation for living intimately with art on a daily basis.

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.

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.

Corine Guseman
Corine’s impressions and carvings on her pottery are forged from memories of her youth, surrounded by the beauty of the canyon lands, the desert rock formations and ancient Indian art in Utah. Her work is subtle, quiet and thoughtful; reminiscent of nature at rest. Corine was an affiliate artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, recipient of a Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council’s Regional Artist Grant, founding member of Buffalo Creek Gallery in Shelby, NC, and Visual Art and Education Coordinator at the Cleveland County Arts Council. She lives in Lawndale, NC.

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.
Freddie Phillips
I make functional pottery whether it is a bowl, mug or vase but with the flare of added features to appeal to those who love both craft and art. Personally I have always had a love for all things handmade and working in many trades using and building things with my hands gives me an appreciation of pride and craftsmanship in what I do.  Discovering pottery allowed me an outlet to continue that process and being self-taught makes me extremely exhilarated to see one of my creations going to a new home.

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
Doug Knotts
Doug has been making 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.” Today, he is Associate Professor of Art at Gardner-Webb University.
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
Ron Philbeck is a potter specializing in wheel thrown, sodium vapor glazed pottery. The limited production and one of a kind pots are created at his studio in Shelby, N.C. Ron believes that pots should be well made, pleasant to look at, and easy to use. His work can be found in collections and kitchens around the world. http://www.ronphilbeckpottery.com

David Pittman
Having started his journey with clay only two years ago, David is displaying his work for the first time here at the Treasures of the Earth exhibit. He enjoys playing with shape and form to create sculptural pieces that are both decorative and unique. David employs both traditional and raku firing techniques in his work. David currently lives in Forest City, NC.

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 counseling. I was a addictions counselor, and I offered training to a school system for teachers and counselors to help young people know about alcohol and other addictions. Then I was an Activity Director and counselor for senior citizens. Since I retired I finally have been able to work in clay. I love to create functional things that also are beautiful. And I spend about half my time making sculptures.
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
Taylor Short is a potter located in the small town of Fallston, North Carolina. In 2013, she received her first pottery lesson and fell in love with the craft. Since then, she has drawn influence from Catawba Valley pottery with artists such as Daniel Seagle and Burlon Craig. Although most of her work is meant to be enjoyed by a user she likes making small, sculptural works such as her tiny pigs and “snipes”. Taylor is currently attending Western Carolina University majoring in Entrepreneurship and concentrating in ceramics. She hopes to open her own studio one day where she can sell her pottery as well as other local artists’ work.
Janet Sims
I am a retired elementary teacher and counselor. I have been dabbling in pottery as a recreation, off and on for years. After some semesters of instruction on the wheel, I found myself drawn to hand-building and to expressing characters and creatures who were waiting in the clay. My work is primitive and whimsical with brightly colored expressions of emotion.

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.

Lin Venhuizen
I live in Rutherfordton, NC and have been “playing with clay” for over 20 years. John King was my first pottery instructor and also Kiowa Cilone. My creations are hand built from slabs of clay, mostly free form with added texture. Cardinal, bluebird, and bird house ornaments are among my recent projects.
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.

Tom Whitaker
Born and raised in Mooresboro, a small town in the foothills of North Carolina. Tom has been producing traditional wood-fired ceramics since 1993. After exploring other creative venues, Tom was drawn to pottery and then enrolled in his first class. John King, his instructor, fostered an appreciation for hand-turned stoneware.  Reading the Dr. Terry Zug book, Turners and Burners, led Tom to appreciate the rich history behind the churns, jugs and jars that he grew up with at his parents’ and grandparents’ homes. Wood-fired stoneware seemed to be a good fit for Tom’s resourceful nature, since he could be involved in every aspect of its production. Drawing on skills and knowledge gleaned from growing up in the country, working in his father’s garage, and his chosen trade as a welder-fabricator, Tom has put many of the skills that he has learned to good use furthering his craft.

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. I have been sharing my love of Clay at Cleveland Community College teaching a Beginner Pottery Class for the Continuing Ed. Dept.

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!

111 S. Washington St., Shelby, NC 28150   -   Phone: 704-484-2787   -   Email: info@ccartscouncil.org