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Ceramic Artist Tolbert Exhibits at Ole Miss

The work of Catawba Valley Community College visual art faculty member Preston Tolbert is on exhibit at the University of Mississippi through March 8. Tolbert’s work is part of the Ceramic MFA Alumni Exhibit in Gallery 130.


Preston Tolbert

Iredell county native Tolbert teaches both curriculum ceramics and continuing education courses at CVCC. He earned an associate of fine art at Mitchell College and a bachelor of fine arts from Western Carolina University.

After serving as full-time studio assistant to world-renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz in Clarkdale, Ariz., for two years, he moved back to North Carolina and established Hemlock Pottery in Old Fort, N.C. He and wife Sara Hudgins entered juried exhibitions, taught workshops, and exhibited at craft shows throughout the Southeast.

In 2012, Preston designed and built an anagama style kiln, which included a kiln building workshop at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, N.C. He also had a solo show at the Green Energy Park Gallery in Dillsboro, N.C.

He was accepted into The University of Mississippi’s School of Fine Arts where he received the Graduate Student Achievement Award and his master’s in fine art.

Those interested in seeing Preston’s work closer to home can do so at the annual Catawba Valley Pottery Festival March 23, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.


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