The Catawba Valley Community College Potters’ Workshop lecture series continues with local potter and Workshop Director Kim Ellington on Thursday evening, February 19. His presentation will continue along the series theme “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition Alive through Contemporary Works.”
Ellington will talk about his 30 year relationship with the Catawba Valley pottery tradition and the insight and influences gained by working within a time honored tradition in modern times. To end the presentation, questions and commentary from participants will be encouraged.
Ellington is an acclaimed Catawba Valley potter known for his rich alkaline glazed, wood-fired stoneware. Ellington makes his home in the community of Vale, North Carolina, where the use of local clays, ash glaze and groundhog kilns began in the early 19th century and continues through his work today. His adaption of and proficiency in these techniques has resulted in his work being shown in important exhibitions nationwide, including the “Ceramic National 2000” at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, “The Potter’s Eye” at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC and the current “Pottery of the U.S. South, A Living Tradition” exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.
The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium, located in the Administrative Building on the main campus at 2550 HWY 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602. The event is open to the public and free to all guests.
This lecture is the second in a series of three, presented by the CVCC Potters’ Workshop. Seagrove Potter, Ben Owen III will close out the series on Thursday, Mar. 19.
The workshop seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The goal is to provide contemporary instruction using local, historical methods and materials to make pottery.
For more information, please visit http://www.cvcc.edu/potters_workshop, or call the Workshop at 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.