Kim Ellington, director of Catawba Valley Community College’s Potters’ Workshop, will be part of a panel discussion at the American Folklore Society annual convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in November. The 2014 meeting theme is “Folklore at the Crossroads.”
Ellington’s presentation is “Pottery of the US South: Tradition, Place and Today’s Potters,” sponsored by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Other participants in the presentation include Ben Owen III of Ben Owen Pottery in Seagrove, NC; Charles G. Zug III, University of North Carolina, emeritus; Henry Glassie, Indiana University, emeritus.
In conjunction with the conference, the Museum of International Folk Art will feature the exhibition “Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition,” presenting traditional stoneware from current North Carolina and northern Georgia potters.
The museum has acquired three of Ellington’s works to be included in its permanent collection.
A resident of Vale, N.C., Ellington practices the time-honored traditions of Catawba Valley pottery. Known for his rich alkaline glazed, wood-fired stoneware, he is recognized for working with a tradition while expanding beyond its boundaries for the contemporary eye. His work has been 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. His work is featured in numerous books, periodicals and documentaries, as well as being represented in museums and private collections nationwide.
Ellington teaches and enlists a wide variety of guest potters at the CVCC Potters’ Workshop, which is located at 5845 Walnut Grove Ln., Hickory, NC, in the Mountain View Community. For more information about enrolling, visit http://www.cvcc.edu/Potters_Workshop/.