Michael Kline has been a studio potter since 1993. He studied pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee where he received a BFA. He also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. Michael has written articles for the Studio Potter magazine and from 2007-2015 wrote a daily blog, “Sawdust & Dirt”, which later turned into a podcast with the same name. His work has been published in numerous pottery books, including Robin Hopper’s “Functional Pottery.” He has led many workshops and given presentations of his work at universities and clay centers across the country, including the Penland School and the Arrowmont School. Michael is a former board member of the NC POTTERY CENTER in Seagrove, NC.
Michael lives in Bakersville, North Carolina and is married to goldsmith Stacey Lane. Stacey and Michael have two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian.
Bruce Gholson makes a diverse range of functional and decorative ceramics working with a variety of clays and glazes. Originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma, Bruce started making pots in 1973 after his first exposure to clay in his home town’s college ceramics facility at Oklahoma State University. Bruce received his M.F.A. in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997, and his BFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1978. Bruce worked at Berea College’s Clay program in Berea, Kentucky for three years as the graduate apprentice, making pots, managing the materials inventory, firing schedules, and studio maintenance. Bruce has work in many private and museum collections including AMOCA, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramics Art, Mobile Museum of Fine Art, Arizona S.U. Art Museum, Gregg Museum, and Mint Museum.
Samantha Henneke grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, and attended her home-town college, Virginia Tech. While searching the halls for her place in life she finally found it during her junior year while taking a pottery class, in the spring of 1991. After completing one more year at Virginia Tech, she transferred to the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred in the fall of 1992, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1995. Her studio art pottery aesthetics are traditional with a flair - a dotted mug, an insect on a plate, or swirl on a covered jar. Samantha also enjoys creating fantasy garden landscapes depicting life in the garden. She composes crystalline glazed paintings on porcelain canvases of scenes such as a red dressed girl working with a dung beetle, a larger than life red-eye fly portrait, or a girl skipping through a garden of flowering shoes. She participates in exhibitions throughout the year, has appeared in a number of publications, and has ceramic work in national museums such as the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, and the Gregg Museum in Raleigh.
Kyle Carpenter has been a full time studio potter in Asheville, NC since 2002. He holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics from UNC–Asheville and exhibits his work in galleries and museums across the United States. He is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and has his works in many private collections, including The Mint Museum of Art, in Charlotte, N.C.
Courtney Martin is a studio potter living and working in the mountains of North Carolina near the Penland School of Craft. She grew up just outside of New York City on Long Island. Martin received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of New Mexico. After graduating Martin moved to western North Carolina to work with and apprenticed for Terry Gess, Michael Kline, Cynthia Bringle, Shawn Ireland and others. In 2007, Martin was awarded the NC Regional Artists Project Grant to build a wood fired cross draft climbing kiln (Ruggles and Rankin design). In July 2010, Martin mounted a solo show in Okinawa, Japan. She has taught at Penland and Arrowmont, and is represented by (among others) Penland Gallery, Schaller Gallery, and Signature Shop. She shares her home with her husband (glassblower John Geci), two kids, and one dog.
Dan Finnegan is a studio potter in Fredericksburg, VA. He writes,
“Making pottery is a lifestyle choice as much as it is a career choice…it is an integrated way of living, where work and play and everyday life all dissolve into one another. It also allows for a great deal of variety: not only do I make pots, but I teach workshops, exhibit, write a blog, promote a show and travel.
My own pleasure in making pots is made all the better by the pleasure that they bring to others. I've sold most of my work directly from my studio and the opportunity to meet and talk with my customers brings me great satisfaction.
I love the architectural qualities of clay, the permanence of stoneware, and the sweet magic that occurs when good pots, good food and good people come together!”
Becca Jane Koehler is a ceramic artist and illustrator in Nashville, TN. Becca earned her BFA in Furniture Design in 2005 from Savannah College of Art and Design. After 10 years of designing and illustrating for major dinnerware retailers worldwide, Becca is now a maker of hand painted ceramics.