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Kim Ellington
Kim Ellington

Kim Ellington is a Catawba Valley potter living in Vale, NC. He is known for his rich alkaline glazed, wood-fired stoneware. He is recognized for working within a tradition while expanding beyond its boundaries for the con-temporary eye. His adaption of and proficiency in these time-honored techniques has resulted in his work being shown in exhibitions such as the "Ceramic National 2000" at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., and "The Potters' Eye" at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Ellington's work is featured in numerous books, periodicals and documentaries, as well as being represented in museums and private collections nationwide. Kim's work can be viewed at http://www.kimellingtonpottery.com/.

Po-Wen Liu
Po-Wen Liu

Po-Wen Liu is a studio potter. He received his BFA degree in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and MFA degree inceramics from Northern Illinois University. Before coming to the United States, Po-Wen worked for a porcelain company in Taipei as a ceramic engineer. With his ceramic engineering background, Po-Wen was honored to be the manuscript consultant for 2002 Newbery Medal awarded book, A Single Shard regarding making celadon wares.

Preston Tolbert
Preston Tolbert

Preston Tolbert graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in ceramics. After graduation, he moved to Arizona to apprentice for Don Reitz, one of the most influential ceramists worldwide where he learned the intricacies of sustained wood firing along with many other skills and techniques.  Preston has given workshops at Blue Ridge Community College, Southwestern Community College, Wilmington's Orange Street Clay Center, and McDowell Arts Council, Western Carolina University, and the Jackson County Green Energy Park.

Evelyn Arnold
Evelyn Arnold

Evelyn Arnold is from Conover, N.C. She learned her turning techniques on a potter's kick wheel while in high school and learned to use an electric wheel while taking classes in college. Before teaching at the Potters' Workshop, she took pottery classes to learn the Catawba Valley style of pottery. Evelyn also enjoys hand-building along with learning techniques from local potters in throwing, firing and glazing.

Raine Middleton
Raine Middleton

Raine Middleton is a descendant of Catawba Valley Potter David Hartzog and a native of western Lincoln County. As such, she has always been drawn to the NC traditional clay experience; as well as contemporary design. This pairing of traditional and contemporary expands her approach to making pots by the unlimited exploration of functional forms, con-temporary surface designs and firing techniques. Middleton is a recipient of the 2007 Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council’s Regional Artist Grant, and studied at Penland School of Craft for two months with Cynthia Bringle. She has also studied at Penland with James Watkins, Richard Burkett, and Lana Wilson and in Texas with Pat Sowell.

Shelly Johnston
Shelly Johnston

Shelly Johnston has worked as a production and studio potter for 15 years, producing nature inspired wholesale tableware and garden art. Her pursuit of nature began with a Masters of PRTM from NC State University. Through her educational experience she discovered the beauty of nature. Though her exploration of clay, she discovered her art. Her extensive experience with hand built pottery includes: design, construction, production, marketing and product sales. Though nature is her primary inspiration, her work has also been influenced through workshops with Peter King, Kathy Triplett, Pam Brewer, and Deb Schwartzkopf.

 
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