Local Master Potters, October 2011 October 31, 2011 00:00


Janice has been a full time potter since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied clay and received a BFA in sculpture. She is co-owner of the Barn Swallow Gallery in Charlottesville. She resides in the city with her husband John and dog, Petie. She balances work in the studio with maintaining the gallery and does a number of shows to expand her realm with new ideas, galleries and new faces … which always inspire.    www.thebarnswallow.com


Trew Bennett, owner of Buck Creek Pottery, is inspired by Southeast Asian ceramics and by the ancient and timeless traditions of production, folk-craft pottery. Trew offers ware for table and specialty cuisine, as well as large planters and garden urns. Teaware for Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a specialty.  buckcreekpottery


Tom Clarkson has been a working potter since graduating from Ohio University in 1978 with an MFA after receiving a BS in ceramics at Mansfield State University.  Tom has been teaching ceramics at Piedmont Virginia Community College since 1983, first as an Adjunct Ceramics Instructor and since 2006 as Professor of Art/Ceramics. His artwork is included in the Corsaw Collection of Funtional American Ceramics, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, and Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.


Kevin Crowe wood fires Asian-English inspired pots. He has taught workshops throughout the United States and Great Britain focused on wood firing, large-scale throwing and tea bowls. Kevin lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his wife Linda and studio companion/dog Tem. www.kevincrowepottery.com


Nan Rothwell started working in clay when she was 19 years old. She studied and worked in potteries in England and Ireland. Early in her potting career, Nan taught pottery at PVCC. In 1978, Nan and her husband moved to Nelson County where they lived in her studio for several years. Today the original living space in her studio houses the pottery classroom. She is a charter member of the Potters Council, McGuffey Art Center, the Valley Green Craft Coop in Nellysford and the Artisans Center of Virginia. www.nanrothwellpottery.com