About the Artist
Andrew Stephenson is a studio potter currently living in Rutherfordton, NC. He was born in Birmingham, England in 1972 and moved to the states with his family in 1979. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from East Carolina University in 1996. Shortly after graduation he moved to Asheville, NC to take a position as a resident potter at the Odyssey Center for the ceramic Arts. After his residency and a two -year apprenticeship with Matt Jones, Andrew built his own kiln with the help of fellow North Carolina potter Mark Peters.
Andrew creates traditionally-inspired, wood-fired and salt-glazed pottery. He makes his own clay from using dry materials and some local red clay. Once the clay is ready the throwing cycle, which includes decorating and glazing the stoneware pots, can take 4-6 weeks to complete. Andrew incorporates brushwork designs (painted by his wife) as well as bits of imbedded glass that melt and add more visual interest to his pots.
Andrew continues the long tradition of creating wood fired North Carolina pottery and sells his work in galleries throughout the southeast. He also teaches pottery at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC and at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
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