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
  Brian Dukes

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 enjoying the world of pottery for 10 years. Large coiled baskets with textured exteriors and embellishments of leaves, faces and mountain laurel or grapevine handles have become her signature work. She also uses rolled slabs to create faces, vases and other useful or decorative pieces. She studies at Good Earth Pottery Studio under the helpful eyes of Kiowa Cilone and John King. Dorothy also works out of the studio on her farm located at the edge of the South Mountains.


Susan Jones 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). In this seminar, she tried throwing for the first time. While that first attempt was not particularly successful, Susan knew that she wanted to do more. She has studied pottery with Allen Griffin in Shelby since 2007 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 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 Masters Degree in Counseling at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  He has been making pottery for over four decades. A retired college administrator, Dana 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 catalogue. He employees 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 the Peaceful Path Pottery facebook page.

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
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
  Andrew Stephenson

Cindy Streib

  Glenn Tanzer
Lin Venhuizen
I live in Rutherfordton 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 gold finch 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.

  Tricia Woodland

Lee Zimmerley

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