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Alley Quilts

Paula Barringer and Mary Henry create custom designed quilting with a traditional or contemporary flair. Specializing in Christmas stockings, tree skirts and baby quilts.
213 S Trade St., Shelby, NC 28150

Frank Barrow

Barrow learned the art of whittling from his grandfather when he was only 10 years old. He spent many hours watching his grandfather at work making baskets and tools. "He was a great role model," said Barrow. "He wouldn't let me whittle because I was too young, but I would watch him." When Barrow's hands were large enough and his coordination got sharper, he was finally allowed to try the skill. Barrow recalls carving his first major piece while in the eighth grade. After retiring from 21 years in the US Air Force and 12 years in Industrial Management Frank returned to his life long hobby of woodcarving. Frank is self-taught and make many of his own tools and creates his own designs. Frank describes his work as African-American Folk Art.

Bobbie Black

Bobbie relies on a lifetime of artistic talent and experience to create utilitarian and decorative pieces. Whether wheel-thrown or hand-built, her work exhibits an imaginative quality reflecting the world through her creative vision as in Bobbie's original Forest Angels, monkeys and historical face jugs. Bobbie studied ceramics at Gaston College and Penland School of Crafts. Bobbie maintains a studio at her home on Lake Norman. Her work is exhibited throughout the state including Twisted Laurel Gallery in Spruce Pine and Village Pottery in Seagrove, NC. Her "Spring Sale" is held the last Saturday in April and the autumn harvest "Harvest Day Sale and Brunswick Stew" is held the first Saturday in November at her home.

Shirley Brutko

Shirley Brutko is a visual artist who works in almost all mediums of painting with watercolor and pastel being her favorite. Her expertise is watercolor painting of homes. Shirley designed the watercolor note card used by the Cleveland Co. Chamber. Shirley is also a photographer, helped designed the Kings Mountain quilt pattern and works for the chambers - Kings Mountain office.

Hal Bryant

Bryant's realistic works are found in collections throughout the Carolinas. He has participated in many juried and museum exhibits, and has won many awards for his watercolors, pastel and acrylic works during his artistic career. Bryant's interest in subject matter ranges from the interior and exterior of structures to simple landscapes scenes which he loves to enhance with pastel. He use a restored old log cabin on his property as a summer studio. Bryant has an MA in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina and has been on the faculty of Cleveland Community College since 1975. He teaches art and serves as the College gallery director. His work is priced from $350 - $1,500 and can be viewed at his home studio. Hal Bryant was a top 3 winner in the 03 County Competition show at the Arts Council.

Sebastian Byers

This Cleveland County poet started writing in the 7th grade and his passion has grown just as his writings since that time. He founded Exclusively Sebastian Publishing Company in 1989. He did a series of self-published greeting cards and released his first book a decade ago called "Get the Message". Since then, he has had cards and books distributed all over America, Ireland, Germany, Japan and numerous other countries. Sebastian was recognized by President Bill Clinton for his children and school violence book "Wake Up". Sebastian is also a public speaker and has spoken at schools and colleges throughout the southeast. New works are coming soon!  

Susan Carlisle-Bell

"Extraordinary Ordinaries", the title of a recent exhibition, expresses my approach to art. Whether drawing or painting, my work is grounded in the principles I have learned from extensive historical studies of the masters. The composition of Cezanne and Matisse, the figures of Degas, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, the exuberant color of Wolf Kahn landscapes, the spiritual insight of Tanner and Chagall inspire and challenge me. My subjects are the ordinary-  people, places, objects.  My hope is that through composition, color, and the play of light, I might help others see the extraordinary beauty or design in these ordinaries. I want my work to reflect my faith in a loving Creator. Watercolor, pastels and collage are my primary media. My father's Virginia farm has been a recurring motif, each hill and valley are known as surely as I am known. The human figure is capable of expressing every emotion and movement. Still life compositions become active plays of color, shape and light.  Expressive subjective palettes alternate with restricted one value studies. I am a teacher; I love to learn, explore, experiment, share. I believe that also explains why I am interested in so many styles, media and motifs. My desire is that the respect that I have for these subjects imbues them with the significance that all living things have. Because of the Creator, aren't we all "Extraordinary Ordinaries"?

David Caldwell

David is a masterful wood carver. He graduated in 1987 with a BS in Ceramic Engineering at Clemson University. He began wood carving around 1994. He was hired part time to help with the restoration of Shelby's classic wooden carrousel back in 1995. He carved three new horses to complete the assembly of animals for the showpiece. He also received a Regional Artist Grant in 1997. More recently David enjoys doing antique repair and has been on contract with the Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders helping to produce carvings for cabinet work on newly designed organs being put in churches all the nation.

Jenny Cartee

Jenny Cartee had her first experience with pottery in 2001 during her senior year at Gardner-Webb University. After graduating, she worked as an apprentice at Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton, NC. She now works from her home in Boiling Springs, NC. She focuses on functional pieces that can be used in cooking and entertaining. Her work is fired in an electric kiln and is oven and food safe. She sells at various craft and pottery sales in the area.

Kiowa Cilone

Kiowa has been working in clay for 17 years. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in fine arts with a concentration in clay and sculpture. She taught pottery for 10 years at Isothermal Community College and recently opened her own teaching studio, the Good Earth Pottery Studio in Forest City, NC.

Ray Clemmer

"I am a visual artist using Photography and enhancements available from the computer. I am a proud member of the 'Southern Arts Society' located in my hometown of Kings Mountain, NC. Some images are computer generated, others pure photography, and others a combination of the two. My hope is that you can find some enjoyment in my images. At present, my photo forte is Black and White 'old school' film with a mixture of computer software enhancements. It's a pleasure combining the old and new technologies of photography. The combinations are many and open to all in the pursuit of a unique visual expression. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work, it gives me hours of satisfaction to be able to give back to the community by sharing in a unique way."

The Carolina ShutterLight Society, (CSLs) is a brand new photo club founded by Ray Clemmer in October of '08. Our mission is to promote photography by training the artist, and educating the public to the many talents available in the community. We will provide an opportunity for educational programs for the beginner all the way to professional business speakers and seminars on techniques for all offered throughout the year. While based in Kings Mountain, North Carolina our membership will extend throughout the Carolina's. We gladly welcome new members. All you need is a love and appreciation for the Photographic Arts.

BJ Cogdell BJ Cogdell is a new consignment artist at Buffalo Creek Gallery on the square in uptown Shelby. Working with a variety of woods and other media, her one-of-a-kind ink pens can be found in many styles and colors. BJ learned wood turning from one of the best, her husband Clarence who is a long time member of the NC Woodturners Association and whose artwork can also be seen in the gallery.
Clarence Cogdell    Clarence was born and raised on a farm in rural Cleveland County, North Carolina. He married the girl next door and raised his family not far from the homestead. Clarence became interested in woodturning in 2000, after he refurbished an old turning lathe. His experience with lathes was not new since he had farmed 150 acres and made many parts for his farm equipment on his metal lathe. As a member of the NC Wood Turners Association, Clarence learns through watching well-known guest wood turners demonstrate their skills at the monthly club meetings. Encouraged by friends and family, he bought a new lathe and enjoys turning bowls, vases, birdhouses, saucers, and much more!
Mort Couch Having grown up in and around the arts, I have enjoyed all the phases of the arts. I have enjoyed the pleasure of dance, music, theater, as well as the presentation of the visual arts. I have been drawing or painting something most of my life. I like to paint in watercolor, acrylic, and oils. In the last fifteen or so years, polymer clay became a new sculpting medium. So, on the side, I began experimenting with it. It afforded me an opportunity to make the iggits. Iggits is an all inclusive wording that I use to encompass all my sculptures from the literal iggits to the dragons, to the wild women, to the footed altoid boxes, and everything in between.

Alice Cummins

Alice works in all mediums. She was a student at Loch Wallace-Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and Amide Wastage, in Maryland. She studied the technique of oil painting. Cummins grew up in Rutherford County and was a former member of the Mississippi, Watercolor Society, The Working Artist Guild, and The Southern Arts Society. She has won numerous 1st place honors in both Mississippi and Cleveland County.  

Ed Davis

Influenced by his love for travel, country and contemporary Christian music, sports, and his Christian faith, Ed tends to produce an off-beat brand of humor with international, redneck, thought provoking appeal. His paintings demonstrate his love for color, texture, and faith. Ed's creations appeal to a variety of individuals and commercial markets. Magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, marketing, and advertising are his major cartoon outlets while his paintings are in private collections in California, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. Ed is now a cartoonist and painter living in Lattimore NC. His studio is located at 3825-8 Robert Ridings Rd • Shelby, NC 28150

Hal Dedmond

Primarily self taught, Hal has been making Catawba Valley Folk pottery since 1994. His style of pottery has been influenced by  well known area potters such as Charles Lisk, Kim Ellington, Don  and Burlon Craig. Keeping alive the Catawba Valley tradition of using traditional ash glazes from the 1800's 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 clay creations are expressions of his honor and love for this ancient craft.  Hal continues the age-old tradition by making unique face jugs, collectible Native American faces, buggy jugs, candleholders and pitchers. Catawba Valley is known as one of the folk pottery centers of the nation.  Potters, settling in the valley before the Civil War used simple ash glazes consisting of wood ash, powdered glass and clay and fired the pots in a wood-fired ground hog kiln.  Hal's award winning work is published in the "Best of NC Artists & Artisans 2005", by Kennedy Promotions. Hal and his wife Corine Guseman, also a potter, live in Lawndale, NC,  in a  100-year-old home with their ground hog kiln, pottery studios and two cats.

Susan Doggett
Red Thread Studio

Having had a lifelong fascination for, and love of fabric and threads, learned at the knees of both her grandmothers, Susan weaves cloth and creates objects for the body, the home, and the spirit. She earned her BFA from Converse College and has studied weaving and fiber techniques from many artists including Jo Morgan, Barbara Miller, Nadine Sanders and Anita Luvera-Mayer. She has pursued additional study at Winthrop University, UNC-Charlotte, and Arrowmont. Susan has been sewing since childhood, weaving for 2 decades and has in recent years added beadwork, surface design and doll making to her repertoire. Her beaded figures are based on archeological relics of European goddess figures, recreated in fabric and embellished with beads, shells and other natural materials. These figures are created to honor the sacred feminine. Color, pattern and texture enrich her fabrics, which adorn both the body and the home. She strives to create fabrics, which are pleasing to the eye and to the hand. Susan has long been a student of the creative process and is intrigued by it in others. She believes the creative dwells within every person and encourages and nurtures it in the self-discovery of each individual she encounters.

Brian Dukes

Brian Dukes is a mural painter, designer and potter living in Shelby, NC. He can create permanent or removable murals to promote any event, advertise a business, or decorate your home or office.

Dale Duncan

Dale Duncan first started working in clay in 1972 while attending Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Shortly after graduation he set up a studio just outside of Kansas City in Kearney, Missouri. It's there that he first began to develop his textured style of pottery. In 1983 Dale and his wife, Kate, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he continued studying and working in clay at Spirit Square and later at The Foundry Clay Studio. Today Dale Duncan's clay studio is located in York, South Carolina, and is open by appointment. If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit, please feel free to give Dale a call.

Al Dunkleman

Singer/Songwriter, Al Dunkleman, creates and performs songs of life, love and liberty. His Americana music style is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary influences. Dunkleman s interest in American roots music began in high school and he has been playing guitar, clawhammer banjo, old-time fiddle, upright bass and harmonica for over thirty-years. Dunkleman, who teaches Sociology at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina, attained his Masters degree in Sociology at East Carolina University in 2003. Al is the 2006 Cleveland County recipient of a Regional Artist Grant and is presently creating his first CD of original songs entitled Take the Road Less Traveled projected to be released in the fall of 2006.

Pat Edwards

Pat enjoys working in pastels, pen and ink, watercolors and rice papers. She has attended workshops taught by artists such as Gerald Broomer, Carl Dalie, Skip Laurence and Zalton Szabo. She likes to interpret her surroundings that catch her eyes, using different techniques she has learned during her experiences. The contrast of lights and darks attracts her to a lot of the subjects she paints. Pat is a 1999 Grassroots Regional Artists Grant recipient and has won honorable mentions in regional shows. She has taught art/watercolor through Cleveland Community College. She also does commissions and is a member of the Working Artist Guild, Gaston County Art Guild and the Southern Arts Society.

Lynn Eskridge
(H) 704-739-2602

Lynn began weaving a little over thirty years ago when she built a frame loom in a Navajo weaving class and then purchased a small two-harness table loom. Realizing that weaving in some form was going to be an ongoing part of her life and limited space being a consideration, she began to weave baskets. She eventually invested in a four-harness floor loom, which increases her options for different weaving techniques. Although basically self-taught in basketry, Lynn has had the opportunity to take classes under the instruction of several traditional white oak basket-makers who teach the technique from tree to finished basket. Lynn shares studio space with five other artists at Synergy Studios , 212-B West Warren Street, Shelby, N.C. She accepts special orders and invites you to visit the studio.

John Fisher
(828) 859-2297

John Fisher began working with stained glass over 20 years ago. John designs many of his own patterns, therefore creating many one-of-a-kind pieces. His work includes everything from sun-catchers to entry doors and church windows and other commercial pieces. John is often joined by his wife, Beth, whose work is equally unique. Beth adds interest to their glasswork with her use of decorative solder techniques. John's work is available by commission.

Vickie Jo Franks

Vickie Jo Franks is a Cleveland County Artist. Her work is represented by select galleries including ETC at the Arts Center. She assembles her angels and “critters” using recycled materials combined with materials from the earth such as twigs, leaves and rocks.

Diane Garner

Diane Washburn Garner has been a long-time art teacher and provider of the arts, as well as a painter. She graduated from Crest High School, Gardner Webb University and Western Carolina University. She was one of two teachers who started the art programs in Cleveland County. She has also taught in York, Rock Hill, and Sumter, S.C., Oklahoma and other locations before she returned home to Crest in 1998. Diane has won many awards. Several are South Carolina Art Educator of the Year awards and even the Lancaster County Trustees Awards on numerous occasions. Diane has been accepted in shows throughout both Carolinas and has had several one person shows in Chester, Boiling Springs, Lancaster and Sumter. She has studied watercolor with the following artists: Guy Lipscomb, and George Griffith of Columbia, SC, Maggie Hoyback of Charleston, Ginnie Wilder of Clinton, SC and Pat Lusk of Hilton Head.

Barbara Ghigo

Barbara's primary interests are portrait and still life in oil or pastel. Ghigo's adult art studies have been with Nancy Carter, Hal Bryant, Elizabeth Ross, Rita Allred, Andrew Braitman and workshops in the Renaissance method of portraiture with Frank Covino. Ghigo received honorable mention in Cleveland County Community College shows, Two purchase awards at the Gaston Museum and has a portrait in the Jury Student Art Show in Central Piedmont.

Claude Graves

Claude studied pottery at UNC-Wilmington with John Nyhren and documented folk potters in Spain, North Africa, Mexico and in the Canary Islands before establishing Little Mountain Pottery in 1973. Since that time Graves has worked to achieve his goal of "capturing the Carolinas in clay and glaze" in style influenced by his work with folk potters around the world by now truly his own. In addition to numerous awards and exhibitions, Graves received a grant from Partners of the Americas to work with potters in Bolivia and has written for Ceramics Monthly and the Crafts Report. Little Mountain Pottery is an open studio and showroom where Claude works daily with the doors open to the public.

Carol Gress

Carol Gress is an artists living in Shelby NC. She creates clay tiles and custom stained glass as well as handmade jewelry.

Allen Griffin

Allen lives in Gastonia and has a studio in uptown Shelby. He is a 1969 graduate of Appalachian State and is a retired teacher from Ashbrook High School in Gastonia. Originally trained as a painter and art educator, Allen has slowly moved to clay as his major medium and credits several potters as an influence in his work. Those potters include Bob Shepherd, Joan Byrd, Keith Lambert, Doug Knotts, and Tim Stiles. Much of Allen’s signature work contains faces and experimentation is his philosophy. Being identified with the Cleveland County pottery community is a big thrill for him. Allen also teaches continuing education pottery at Gaston College.

Teresa Grigg

Teresa’s passion is drawing and painting.  When I see an object that compels me to draw or paint, my camera and sketchbook are ready” She also is interested in exploring and experimenting with different media.  Her favorite mediums are oils and pastels, although she enjoys charcoal, graphite and glass.

“In viewing my crafts or paintings I hope that it speaks for itself and sends a message to the viewer that evokes and stirs a positive emotion in them”.

After Teresa’s three children were grown, she decided to go back to college to fulfill her dream and pursue her passion in art. Her influences were Sally Jacobs, Sandra Dwork, Jennifer Farrington Ford, Barbara Ghigo and the many friends in her art classes who helped and encouraged her.

“Many thanks go to all these people but my praise and gratitude go to my heavenly Father who gave me the gift of drawing and painting!”

Teresa does commissioned artwork, crafts, and will donate to church functions.


Corine Guseman

Corine has been making pots since 1987. She likes to share ideas with other artists and build communities by participating in local clay groups and teaching others through adult education classes. The 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 and a founding member of Buffalo Creek Gallery in Shelby, NC.
Vicki Warrick Halloran Born in Shelby, North Carolina, Vicki received a Bachelors Degree in Art with K-12 Teacher Certification from UNC Charlotte in the late 70's. Studying with Tom Mason, Eric Anderson, Don Byrum, Edwina Bringle and Martha Strawn. Prior to college she studied art with Ford McDonald for five years. "It was always my dream to retire and make pottery". For the last four years Vicki has studied with Allen Griffin and worked in his Uptown Shelby studio. Vicki's work is also available at Pisgah Forest Pottery in Arden, North Carolina. The owner of a small collegiate clothing and school supply business (unfortunately not yet retired), she spends as much time as possible happily playing in the mud. Vicki and her husband Danny, a Kansas native, reside in Shelby.
Libby Harrill Libby Harrill of Shelby has been a basket maker for the past 20 years and weaves traditional, utilitarian Appalachian-style baskets. Harrill is self-taught, but has studied under Mark Kolinski, George McCollum, Marianne Paul and Bill and Mary Smith on 5 different occasions.

Al Harris

Al attended college on the GI bill and graduated from Appalachian State University in 1957. Al was the art teacher at North Gaston High School for 17 years and retired in 1989. He also taught students at Cleveland Community College under Hal Bryant from 1994 to 1998. Al learned most of his hand building techniques from Frank Creech at Gaston College. Almost all of Al’s pottery is hand built but sometimes he combines hand built with wheel thrown.
Hal Holmstrom Hal relies on 38 years of woodworking experience, college training and furniture design to aid in his work. Hal holds a BFA degree in wood furniture from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Raspberry Woods Studio is where he creates his fine crafts and furniture.
Dorothy Houlditch Dorothy has been exploring creativity through pottery since 2004. Concentrating on hand building, she finds traditional coil work to be especially intriguing and enjoys making large textured baskets with embellishments of leaves, faces and swirled or mountain laurel handles. She also makes tiles, quilt squares and serving vessels out of rolled clay slabs. Dorothy’s studio is located on her farm in upper Cleveland County, not far from the South Mountains.

Jack Hoyle

The realistic and imaginative style that Jack Hoyle has is definitely unique. Jack grew up and now lives in Shelby and draws on local life and his experiences for his art. Jack uses a variety of mediums to create his art and enjoys excepting a challenge. Jack attended Cleveland Community College before getting his degree in Illustration at UNC Charlotte. Jack has done numerous commissions and won many awards for his imaginative works. He recently painted a mural of children on the Carousel for Uptown Shelby.

Susan Jones

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 now studies pottery with Allen Griffin in Shelby 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.

John King

John King graduated from Western Carolina University with a concentration in ceramics and printmaking. He has taught pottery at Isothermal Community College for the past 12 years. Through his pottery, he presents the natural world in a decorative, but dramatic, often humorous way. Lately, raku has become a large part of his production. As a member of a family business, Puzzle Creek Pottery, he does numerous sales and shows throughout the year.

Lelia Lattimore

Lelia Lattimore is a versatile Harpist. As a freelance harpist for weddings and receptions, she has over 20 years experience and is a regular performer at the Biltmore House and Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Mrs. Lattimore is also an active music teacher in Shelby, NC  

Kaye Lowery

Kaye has always loved pottery and has collected it in her travels. Years ago, she started classes at Gaston College under the direction of Keith Lambert. Later came Doug Knotts and in the summer of 1998 a special gift from her husband Richard: a class at Penland School of Crafts under the tutelage of Ben Owens III. Back at Gaston, Tim Stiles, Paula Smith and Allen Griffin continue to direct her studies. There is now a home studio and lots of experimenting with glaze combinations and multiple firings to make a special piece. Kaye’s special focus still remains in Raku, because of the “hands on” process throughout the firing of a piece. Raku freely interpreted means: enjoyment, happiness, pleasure. Every process with clay means all that and much more.
Robert Martin Robert E. Martin resides in Gaston County, where he taught Automotive Technology for 30 years. Once retired, he began taking pottery classes at Gaston College. He has been creating pottery since the summer of 2000 and continues taking classes. He works out of his home shop and at Gaston College. The type of pottery created by Robert is influenced by traditional and folk style pottery with a hint of decorative flair.
Jennifer Lawler-Mecca "My pots reflect the enjoyment I have for throwing, embellishing, creating and using. I enjoy creating each piece with its own unique character and personality, whether I change a spout, foot, rim, glaze color or decorative element. All of my pieces are wheel thrown and altered in some way. Because of the rich color I get from the glazes I use, I enjoy working with porcelain and white stoneware. The forms I make are usually organic in nature, which stems from my love of the material I use, and my personal preference for a fluid line. My inspirations for surfaces stem from patterns in fabric, paintings, historic dishware pottery and nature." Jennifer earned her MFA from East Carolina University and has taught at various schools and art centers. She works from her studio at home in York, South Carolina where she lives with her husband, son and twin daughters.
Fred Mead Fred Lee Mead, Jr. was born in the Detroit suburbs of Southfield, Michigan in 1955. He showed an early interest in art and was taught to paint in oil at age 12 by his father, also an artist/industrial designer. In 1979 Fred graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Art, with a double major in painting and sculpture and a minor in photography. In 1980, Fred moved to North Carolina for the climate and to begin an art career. Fred presently lives in Rutherfordton, North Carolina with his wife and children while pursuing his interest in art.

Beverly Mechling

My artistic endeavors began many years ago, and they have evolved over time from general crafts and floral decorations to jewelry and belt making and then into painting, which I still enjoy, but, my passion now is pressed flower creations. I began pressing and arranging flowers in the spring of 1999. We recently moved to Moss Lake in Shelby, NC, and in addition to the native flowers on our property and surrounding countryside, I make use of container gardening on the deck and my flowerbeds. I will press just about anything to see how it turns out, I can always find ways to incorporate them in my designs. I hope you will enjoy owning or giving these beautiful creations as much as I have enjoyed the process of bringing them to you.

Ron Mechling

In recent years, with his focus on woodturning, he has studied at John C. Campbell Folk Art School as well as with numerous well known turners.  The characteristics of unique design, high quality execution and a professional presentation encompassed each piece he has created. The same holds true today as you examine his woodturning. Rons skills, in creatively turning and finishing wood, have endeared him to many buyers who collect and/or use the items he makes. He especially likes to create large, hollowed vessels that emphasize the nature of the wood.  A large variety of items made by Ron adds to the diversity of his work each day and facilitates Ron s thinking about and designing of new pieces. He hopes you will enjoy his work as much as he enjoys making it for you.

David Melton

David B. Melton has been a fan of good time music since the ice age, not to give away his age or anything. He has been playing semi-professionally in bands since he was 14 and periodically solo since he was 15. It takes both hands and both feet on two people to count his years in the business. He performed twice on WCIV-TV (ABC) in Charleston, SC, at the age of 15 -- once with a band and once solo -- and has made numerous radio appearances in North Carolina and Utah. David has performed in opening acts for The Bellamy Brothers and Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, and has played in bands with Chris "the singing cowboy" Ledoux and Hank "the king of western swing" Thompson. He is proudest of his own group "The Full House Band" which was based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and performed widely in the intermountain region. David plays guitar, lap steel and autoharp. Most recently, David enjoyed a 7-year stint with Johnny Short and the Country Travelers from which he retired to focus his music on his faith where he serves on numerous musical ministries.
Terri Melton
Terrie Melton developed a love for art as a child watching her father paint oil landscapes, but not until adulthood did she start to experiment with painting herself. Any and all handcrafts interested Terrie and she tried a lot of things, among them pottery. After much encouragement from family and friends, she began taking classes in oil and watercolor with local artists, Linda Putnam and Nancy Carter. Terrie continues her study, taking many workshops and classes with well known artists from the United States. Gerald Brommer, Carrie Brown, Judy Betts, Polly Hammett, and Karlan Holman have been the most influential in her style. Terrie is a native to Cleveland County and continues to live in Shelby where she works part time as a substitute teacher and teaches knitting at Cleveland Community College. She has led workshops for children and adults, sharing her love for the arts.

Laraine Hoyle Middleton

A native of western Lincoln County, NC, Raine Middleton is a descendent of Catawba Valley Potter David Hartzog. Her studio is located in the Lake Norman area at The Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast. Initially, Raine aspired to create pottery indigenous to Lincoln County, but found that her style is more contemporary and that she enjoys the tactile experience of carving or painting on her wheel-thrown pieces. A recipient of the 2007 Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council’s Regional Artist Grant, she studied for two months with Cynthia Bringle at Penland School. She has also studied at Penland with James Watkins, Richard Burkett and Lana Wilson and in Texas with Pat Sowell.

June Miller

For twenty years as a counselor, June Miller told her clients to play. When she retired she began to play - in the mud! June likes hand-sculpting, altering thrown forms and Raku firing. She has exhibited her creative work at local state art shows and galleries.
Susan Hamrick Mole
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Suz! Mole is a fused glass artist from Pawleys Island, South Carolina. She creates sculptural and functional art by kiln-firing glass. A native of North Carolina, Suz! earned her M.I.M. Degree from Thunderbird International Graduate School in Glendale, Arizona, and lived out west for the last 30 years.  She has worked in various art media, including paper arts, collage, and metalworking, but her true love is kiln-fired glass.  She sells her one-of-a-kind and colorful glass art to galleries throughout the U.S. and has created commissioned pieces for private homes.


Marjory Moore

Marjory Moores artwork graces many of Cleveland County's finest T-Shirts as she was commissioned to design clothing, fliers & even gas tanks by a local motorcycle club. She dabbled in pottery & ceramics for a period of time, but always found her way back to her roots: drawing, sculpting, collages & writing. In 1994, Marjory was commissioned to design & create a mural for the Cleveland County Department of Social Services. Due to it's size, it was framed in three sections. She is still using her talents to assist in the creation of greeting cards for her church's CARE Ministry. Her husband, John, is a guitarist. Marjory uses her writing ability to arrange his lyrics after his songs are written. These days, Mrs Moore spends a lot of her free time designing computer graphics at her home. She is still available for freelance work in graphic & visual arts, although she is actively seeking  mainstream employment at this time. Most of her poetry has been given as gifts as they were written specifically for the recipient. She does, however, keep a bit of it stored in her files, literally & figuratively speaking.


Rose Tripoli Mueller

When I was seven years old I was told about my namesake, Saint Rose who slept on broken glass for the atonement of other people's sins. I remember thinking "I can't do that, I'm just not able to." That same year, I told my father that I wanted to be an artist. He said, "No you don't, you would starve in an attic." Several years and two children later, I finally attended art school graduating from State University of New York in 1976. My work is hand-built and sculptural. It is not locked into a method and allows the material (mostly clay) to dictate where the work goes. Sometimes the information comes to me in a dream, an event, a frustration, or a premonition only to be understood later. I pray for guidance in my work. It is always exciting and interesting because the image is already in the clay, and when things are right, it is released. My husband Will, makes the wooden cabinetry and containers for some of the pieces. He is my greatest inspiration and without him my work would not be possible.~Rose

Ron & Sarah Philbeck

Ron and Sarah Philbeck are individual crafts people striving to create quality, unique works of art. We work together at our home in separate studio spaces. We try to offer one another encouragement and support throughout our days. Of course we also entertain each other quite a bit. Enjoying our work as well as our personal lives, we feel that we are living our dream. Ron's desire is to make pots that have character and integrity that are as delightful to use as they are for me to make. Sarah hopes that people will connect with her work in intimate ways and wear her jewelry as a form of self expression. "I believe we are all unique individuals and should express ourselves in our daily lives."

Doug Pruett

Drawing has always been his first love but while studying art in college, Doug became fascinated  with the fluidness and versatility of watercolor and never looked back. His works reflects an interest in the antiquity found in landscapes and architectural structures,  especially those found in the low county of both  Carolinas.  Doug has taught art to the children of Cleveland County for the past 23 years, being selected to represent Cleveland County Schools as their Teacher of the Year twice during his tenure. He has won many juried exhibits throughout the years and his work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout the South East.  He holds a BS degree in Art and Art Education from Appalachian State University and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University.  Ceramic tiles, prints, and his original works can be purchased from his studio upon request.

Gary Ritchie

Gary Ritchie has been "turning" trees into bowls, bottle stoppers, ring boxes and all sorts of round objects since 2000. A CPA from Shelby, North Carolina, he first got interested in the possibilities of the lathe after curiosity led him from other forms of woodworking. Gary has studied and demonstrated at John C. Campbell Folk Art School but he is mostly a self-taught artist. Membership in both national and local woodturning associations has allowed him to learn from renowned woodturning artists from around the world. Gary creates beautiful hand-made boxes to put jewelry in and on. They are perfect overnight keepers for his and her jewelry . State Quarter Bottle Stoppers are currently available for a number of states. Other states will be available when released by the US Mint.

Connie Rupprecht

Connie Rupprecht, a longtime Shelby resident has been making pottery for 11 years.  Her art background, aided by her early years living in many parts of the world and her experience painting most of her life are evident in her pottery.  Having studied with Keith Lambert, Doug Knotts, and Tim Stiles at Gaston College and with Ben Owens lll at Penland School has resulted in a focus on functional pieces useful in everyday living.

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.
Terry Shipley Ceramic artist Terry Shipley works in hand built ceramics, usually sculpture, sometimes function. She loves color, decorative design and natural patterns. She have a great studio and spends her days with Winston, Louie and Lily.

Torrie Smiley

My name is Mary Victoria Smiley, but I have been "Torrie" my entire life and now sign and certify my work by just the one name. I am orginially from West Texas, now living and painting in the foothills of North Carolina. I am primarily a self-taught artist who paints using oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. I have become known for my different renditions of pears, ranging from realism to colorful impressionism. I am a Juried Artist and my award winning Martini Series is a fan favorite.
Mary Sparrow
Hanging the Moon Gallery
Mary began her art career as a graphic artist and illustrator for the Spectator Magazine in Raleigh, NC. She eventually left the magazine to start her own decorative painting business specializing in Trompe l'oeil. For the past ten years Mary has focused primarily on children's portraiture. She specializes in oils and pastels. Her commissions hang in over 100 homes nationwide. Please visit her website for more information.

Kimberly Tongel

Sculpted bird houses, made from clay, each piece is adorned with plants, bugs and animals indiginous to western NC. Each piece is hand brushed glazed and no two are alike.  I have been sculpting for five years, I was a 2004 recipient of a Grassroots Regional Artist Grant from the Arts and Science Council . I have work displayed at Biltmore Estate, and was invited to participate in the Carolina Inn at Chapel Hill's Bird Houses on Parade. I am an active member of the Cleveland county Arts Council, Arts in Education committee.
Valerie Valvo Art is an expression of ideas - through observations, knowledge, and emotions.  I feel that art is visual literature - one that requires the viewer to contemplate....relate to.  I am a writer of color, of emotion, creating visual movement....a symphony heard quietly in the mind.
Lin Venhuizen A Touch of Whimsy Pottery is mostly handbuilt, featuring lots of texture and unusual shapes and designs. Most pieces are decorative and sometimes functional! Lin sells her pottery at the Carolina Pottery Festival, Piedmont Pottery Festival, Appalachian Potters Market, Tradition Turners Pottery Festival, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, and the Visual Arts Center Gift shop and Gallery in Rutherfordton.

Jamie Boyles-Willis

Jamie Boyles-Willis Jamie Boyles-Willis graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education and a concentration in sculpture. In 1996, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg to build a Raku kiln and hold a one woman show. Jamie has taught children's classes at the Arts Council for a number of years - as well as classes for adults at both the Arts Council and her home studio. Currently, Jamie is a stay at home mom of two adventurous boys. She continues to explore, produce, and find personal satisfaction in her clay and sculptural work. Her studio is located on Hwy 18 in Toluca, NC. 

Tricia Woodland

Tricia Woodland has been studying pottery informally since 2003. She mixes her creative style with traditional pottery forms. Tricia is originally from Annapolis , Maryland and you can often see the incorporation of her love for the Chesapeake Bay in many of her creations. She uses texture in most of her pottery and is constantly looking for new ideas and shapes to get inspiration from. Tricia spends at least 40 of the hours she's not potting, working for Lutheran Family Services managing foster care in Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties. She calls Cherryville home.

Frances Wylie

Fran’s only formal pottery training came when she attended Gaston College and studied under Keith Lambert. Here was something she could feel in her soul. Mud became a passion whose fire would not be quenched by time or circumstance. After many years of working on rearing a family she was rewarded by being able to see her dream of a home studio fulfilled. Since that time you will find her in the mud. Fran feels that she shapes the clay with hands guided by her Maker, and is grateful to be able to finally pursue her love of the art of clay. She shapes clay into pieces both whimsical and utilitarian. Fran only hopes that her art will bring joy to others; and that in the use of her work they will see a bit of her. All of her pieces are one of a kind and though some pieces are made to resemble others, none are ever just alike. You may view some of her work at her web site She is also a member of the Buffalo Creek gallery in Uptown Shelby, and would like for you to visit and see the wonderful collection of art there.

Kay Young

In February 2002, Kay Young made her first quilt. Since then, she has created dozens of her art quilts.  An audiologist by trade, Kay Young is a quilter by passion. Since stitching her first quilt four years ago, Kay has earned numerous awards and recognitions for her creativity and workmanship in quilting design. In 2004, Kay spearheaded the creation of the Foothills Quilters Guild's donation quilt, which earned more than $3300 for the guild. The quilt "Circle Round" was also juried into the American Quilter's Society 2006 International Quilt Show. Kay's pieces can be purchased at Buffalo Creek Gallery in Shelby, North Carolina. She also does commissioned work.
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