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I began making pots in 1992 after returning home from NC State University where I studied mathematics and horticulture.

I learned the basics of making pots by attending various local community colleges. Later I attended John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School. Early on I also received generous help from Tom Gray in Seagrove NC. I have taken workshops with Clary Illian, Linda Christianson, Mary Law, Ayumi Horie, Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin just to name a few. I have also attended countless demonstration type workshops.

I set up my Pottery on family land here in Shelby in 1994 and built my salt kiln in 1996 when I started making pots full time. I have 4 studio sales a year and have a good local following.

I have always been dedicated to making strong…

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  • Born on March 11
  • Joined April 13, 2008

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Clay, Slip, Glaze, Paper, Pen and Ink

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I began making pots in 1992 after returning home from NC State University where I studied mathematics and horticulture.

I learned the basics of making pots by attending various local community colleges. Later I attended John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School. Early on I also received generous help from Tom Gray in Seagrove NC. I have taken workshops with Clary Illian, Linda Christianson, Mary Law, Ayumi Horie, Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin just to name a few. I have also attended countless demonstration type workshops.

I set up my Pottery on family land here in Shelby in 1994 and built my salt kiln in 1996 when I started making pots full time. I have 4 studio sales a year and have a good local following.

I have always been dedicated to making strong utilitarian pottery. I made salt glazed stoneware from 1996 until 2008.

In 2008 I began making decorated earthenware. Although my primary focus is still function, these pots are just as beautiful to look at as they are to use.

All the work is made by me. Most pots are wheel thrown but some are handbuilt. I work on a manual treadle wheel using soft clay. I enjoy loose, casual forms that show the gesture of the making and the marks of the potter's hands.

My ever evolving drawings are relaxed and fun. They, along with colored slips and glazes, provide decoration on the pots and hopefully will put a smile on your face.

All the drawings are done by hand with no stencils or templates and are my original designs.

Pots are made in small series, each similar, but not the same as all the rest. Think of them as a large extended family.

I hope you'll find some pots you like here. I plan on adding new work in regular intervals so please check in often. Contact me if you have questions or comments.

To find out what's happening at the pottery you can visit my blog which is updated almost daily

http://www.ronphilbeckpottery.com

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See my videos at my YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/ronphilbeckpottery

Find more photos at Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22004935@N04/

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