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Potters' Workshop Launched

Kim Ellington, acclaimed Catawba Valley traditional potter, will teach all three initial eight-week hands-on classes in CVCC's new Potters' Workshop. He  will emphasize methods and materials of the local Catawba Valley pottery tradition. Clay preparations, basic turning techniques, glaze applications and firing processes of the area will also be emphasized.  

“We couldn’t be happier to have a superstar potter like Kim to help us launch this program,” said Hinshaw. “But we want the community to know that this is part of an overall arts expansion on the CVCC campus.  It ties directly into our strategic goals to enhance academic offerings in drama, music and foreign language.”

Classes will be taught at the CVCC Potters’ Workshop, a leased facility located at 5845 Walnut Grove Ln. behind Jacob Fork Gallery on Hwy. 127 south of the Mountain View Community.

Hinshaw said that Ellington and the planning group spent many months researching an appropriate classroom/studio facility. When the 6,000-square-foot former Andy Brinkley Studio became available, it met all the requirements with a big bonus: its proximity to the historic Catawba Valley pottery industry.

The Potters’ Workshop is an offering of CVCC’s School of Academics, Education and Fine Arts.

About the Potter’s Workshop at CVCC:
The purpose of the Potters’ Workshop is to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The school’s emphasis is to combine a contemporary aesthetic with the time-honored methods and materials that identify our local tradition.

For more information, visit:, or contact Cheri Toney, CVCC Continuing Education Office, 828-327-7037, email

About Kim Ellington:
Kim Ellington is an acclaimed Catawba Valley potter living in Vale, NC. He is 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 adaption of and proficiency in these time-honored techniques has resulted in his work being 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. Ellington’s work is featured in numerous books, periodicals and documentaries, as well as being represented in museums and private collections nationwide.

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