26th Annual
“Treasures of the Earth Pottery Show and Sale”
Exhibit & Sale Dates: February 11th - March 24th

Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm
Saturday, 10am - 2pm
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!

Cathy Babula
I graduated from the Professional Crafts Clay program at Haywood Community College in 2012. Making pottery offers seemingly endless possibilities for artistic expression. I enjoy making functional pieces with cheerful designs. I hope my pots brighten up people’s lives and increase their appreciation for living with handcrafted art.

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.

Bobbie Black
​Nestled under a canopy of oak leaves beside the blue waters of Lake Norman, artist Bobbie Black creates pottery as resplendent as her surroundings. Whether functional or decorative, hand-built or wheel-thrown, Bobbie’s artistic endeavors are diverse and creative.​ ​Choose from vases, oil lamps, bowls, and baking and serving dishes in an exquisite array of earth tones and popular home décor, hues of gold, auburn and burnt orange, deep green and rich blue. Have your dinnerware sets custom-made to your style and glaze preference. Add a traditional face jug that honors the legacy of historic Catawba Valley potters to your collection.​ ​Beyond Bobbie’s classic creations, her artistic expression finds life in her original “Forest Angels” and “Tree Spirits”. Versatility is the essence of Bobbie’s work.​​

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 Calder
​My work is a reflection of the diversity of the world around us.​ ​I strive to bring personality into each piece- to engage the viewer with the unexpected. I focus mostly on the combination of materials​,​​ where the mundane becomes something more, engaging the viewer​ ​to take a second look and see things in a different way.​ ​I want to challenge our notions of the use of materials and prompt​ ​a new perception of ordinary things that surround us.​ ​Using metal, clay, wood, fabric and found objects,​ ​I act as a sort of a visual alchemist.​ ​There is a simple pleasure that we get from seeing​ ​and touching the objects we love.​ ​We are perspective creatures, and aesthetics can touch us in​ ​some powerful ways.​ ​So whether you respond to​ ​t​he​ form, color, craftsmanship, or the design,​ ​my​ ​goal- is to make you smile.​​

Shari Crouse
​Shari Crouse has been a ceramic artist for over 40 years.  Her work utilizes a variety of techniques and textures to create both functional and sculptural pieces incorporating both wheel thrown and hand built methods. She works in stoneware using a variety of glaze and finishing techniques. Her pieces are influenced in their form and texture​​s by elements found in nature and our world.  

Hal Dedmond
​Hal Dedmond was born and raised in the Catawba Valley and lives in Lawndale, North Carolina.​ ​Primarily self-taught, Hal has been making Catawba Valley Folk pottery since 1994.​ ​Keeping alive the Catawba Valley tradition of using traditional ash glazes 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, dogwood vases, buggy jugs, 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 native clay, simple ash glazes and fired the pottery in a wood-fired kiln.​ ​Hal’s work was​ ​included in the Mint Museum’s “A Thriving Tradition” 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina​ ​Pottery​ ​2011 – 2012 permanent collection.​ ​He is also a featured potter in “Valley Ablaze” Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley.

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 canyonlands, 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.
robertiseman Robert Iseman
My name is Robert Iseman I live in the beautiful foothills of Rutherfordton NC. I have worked full time as a critical care nurse for 24 yrs. I got introduced to pottery about 6 months ago by some great friends. I realized working with pottery not only released my stress from busy tiring days from nursing, it was also relaxing, enjoyable and  a new challenge in my life. I have started  a new chapter in my life with pottery which I would have never dreamed of but, I have found some artistic character in myself I didn’t think I had. So, I hope to provide joy, happiness and smiles through my pottery pieces and​​ make some new friends along the way. 
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.

Raine Middleton
A native of Lincoln County, NC, and a direct descendant of Catawba Valley potter David Hartzog, I grew up in western Lincoln County in the heart of pottery country. Though my forms are influenced by the traditional NC forms, I am interested in contemporary surface design. I use porcelain clay and throw my pots on a wheel. I then apply black slip to the green ware, draw my designs, and carve out the background to reveal my designs - a process called sgraffito. Pots are bisque fired and then fired in a reduction salt kiln. I work out of my home studio in Denver, NC. I received my pottery training at Penland School of Crafts by attending summer classes as well a concentration class with Cynthia Bringle. In 2014, I participated in the Mint Museum’s Pottery Market Invitational. Making pots is a gift I have received a little later in life. I earned a BS in Business Administration and a MEd. Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill. I am retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where I worked in Dropout Prevention. For now, my quest is to make a joyful pot while living a joyful life.

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 make pots for daily use as well as pots that may serve a more decorative or ritualistic role in the home. I throw with soft clay and try to impart some nice energy into the work. I have many influences but most are from the Leach/Hamada lineage of potters. After almost 20 years of making pots I never tire of coming to the wheel and moving the clay. It takes persistence, love, and hard work to make good pots. At the same time a really wonderful pot can emerge from the wheel when my mind wanders and I am gazing out the studio window. I’m happy to do this work and to share it with others. All the pots are made with stoneware clay and are fired in my soda kiln. The sodium vapor reacts with the clay and slip to form a beautiful sheen on the pots. I have recently started decorating using wax resist and slip. The animals and birds on the pots are quirky and fun. I like them to have a bit of an attitude and personality. The imagery is another way for the user to interact with the pot and hopefully form a relationship with it that will last for years to come.

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!
Judy Riley
Judy Riley is a studio potter who lives and works in Mooresville, NC in the winter and Vermilion, OH in the summer.  She holds a degree in Industrial   Design from Ohio State University and enjoyed a career of designing products for people.  In 2018 she discovered the world of functional ceramics and has been exploring various building, glazing and firing techniques.  Judy's work is inspired by other potters and by observing forms and patterns around us.  Her style is evolving and your feedback is welcome.
Taylor Short
​In December of 2014, my parents gifted me my first pottery class and I immediately fell in love with​ ​all​ ​things clay. Since then, I have taken classes at Cleveland Community College and studied​ ​Western​ ​Carolina University where I majored in Entrepreneurship with a concentration in​ ​Ceramics. Since​ ​graduating in 2020, I have continued to work at my home studio in Fallston, North Carolina where I​ ​established Small Town Pottery. Inspired by the potters of Catawba Valley and my love for creating all​ ​things, I create pots to bring a touch of whimsy into people’s lives. Whether this is through a handmade​ ​mug or a decorative piece for someone’s home, each piece is unique in its​ ​own little way. The incredible​ ​process of taking a lump of clay dug from the Earth, forming it, and​ ​firing it to extreme temperatures is​ ​something that brings me great satisfaction. I hope all people- using them or enjoying them in their​ ​homes sense that each piece was made with love and​ ​passion.
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.

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!

Debra Zimmerman
While Debra Zimmerman has been crafting in a variety of medium for most of her life, she spends most of her time with making pottery and glass mosaics.  Her unique hand built and wheel-turned pottery spans from functional to decorative and her glass mosaic creations are rich in color and personality.  Appreciative of Mother Earth, much of her mosaic work is born of creatively repurposed cast-off items.  She inspires others when sharing her love of these crafts while teaching hands-on classes in her home studio and at local community colleges. Debra resides in the Catawba Valley with her husband and son.

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