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Apprenticeship 2017-04-04T21:23:36+00:00

The studio apprenticeship position is an opportunity for someone interested in becoming a professional potter or studio artist.

It is a two-year position, sometimes overlapping with another assistant.

I have been working in my studio with potters for many years and believe I can offer a kind of mentorship that will help you embark on a career in clay. There is no exchange of money. Instead, you would be expected to work twelve hours a week for me in exchange for:

  • Access to my working knowledge as a professional potter
  • Use of studio space and equipment
  • An opportunity to find out what this kind of life is like first hand

This apprenticeship is a place for you to start to make cycles of work and market them, to exchange ideas, and to experiment with ways of presenting your work and yourself professionally.

Floyd County, Virginia is a rural farm community. It is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blacksburg, the home of Virginia Tech University, is half an hour away. Roanoke is one hour away. Floyd is a community of craftspeople, wineries, musicians and organic farms. There are opportunities for jobs and housing in the county.

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Current & Past Apprentices

Lucas Jankovsky
Lucas JankovskyApprentice 2015-present
Lucas is a sculptural artist from northwest Georgia. He received his B.F.A in 2013 from Kennesaw State University. Lucas has worked for several professional artists in a wide range of processes. Including clay modeling, stainless steel/ bronze fabrication, public art installation, woodworking, and mold-making for public bronzes.
Abby Reczek
Abby ReczekApprentice 2013-2015
“I like to think of my pottery as a bond to the earth in its purest form. It continues to mimic the earth even after it has been extracted and manipulated. Respect for the earth is something that I strive to embrace throughout the entire process of making pots and which I honor through the designs that are carved into the forms.”
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Andrea Denniston
Andrea DennistonApprentice 2011-2013
“Through my pots I aspire to add pomp to daily living. I combine the necessary with the unnecessary – utility and ornament. In doing so, I work to make unique and engaging objects. My hope is that the pots I create spur curiosity in others by requiring them to look closely with both their hands and their eyes, as a visual examination alone is not enough.”
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Seth Guzovsky
Seth GuzovskyApprentice, 2013
“Throwing uniform vessels with voluptuous curves and clean lines comforts me. Fun for me is filling tables and shelves with consistent curves and functional forms. Altering these vessels immediately after the wheel stops, allows me to stretch the bellies and reshape the lips of my pots.”
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Jessica Wertz
Jessica WertzApprentice, 2010-2013
“My family’s tradition of eating meals together has taught me the importance that pots facilitate in bringing people together. Pots offer a unique tactile relationship and I elevate them to the ideal that a culture is rich when it can (visually and emotionally) coalesce engaging art with an everyday purpose and function.”
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Wendy Wrenn Werstlein
Wendy Wrenn WerstleinApprentice 2009-2011
“My work is moving towards a more organic appearance, often altered away from the perfect circle of the wheel. Through these forms and patterns emerge lines of communication. I am learning that the communication of pottery happens most often in the absence of language.”
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Sarah Camille Wilson
Sarah Camille WilsonApprentice 2008-2010
“The materiality of clay is indispensable to the construction of my work. Through ruptures in the surface of the clay, I convey the interiority of the object, and suggest things beneath the surface that are neither visible nor understood.”
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Dandee Pattee
Dandee PatteeApprentice 2007-2008
Dandee makes functional pieces that display abundance and benevolence. Functional pottery has a rich history. She plays with that history and makes her pieces appear as if they are overflowing with plenty.
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Elisa Di Feo
Elisa Di FeoApprentice 2005-2007
“The acts of conveying sustenance and of personal intimacy are characteristics of functional pottery that interest me, and I convey those ideas into my current work to heighten a sense of intimacy and accessibility.”
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Brian Jones
Brian JonesApprentice 2003-2005
Brian shows work nationally and has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Jones lives in Portland.
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Anna Metcalfe
Anna MetcalfeApprentice 2001-2003
Interested in the junction of public art and craft, she makes work inspired by water, agriculture, food and community. As a teaching artist, Metcalfe loves to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary learning environments between the sciences and art-making.
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Ian Anderson
Ian AndersonApprentice 1999-2001
Ian has exhibited work nationally, and received the Mentor Program Award from the American Craft Council in 2005. He has taught Ceramics at Rowan University, The Clay Studio, The Ceramic Shop, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Penland School of Arts and Crafts.
Jerilyn Virden
Jerilyn VirdenApprentice, 1999-2000
Using the vernacular of the vessel, I use earthenware clay to create intimate spaces. Each form employs a language that reveals its intentions. My interest lies in the slight shifts within the arc of a bowl that determines the nature of the containment. Looking to primitive objects that have a contemporary relevance, I pare down forms and exaggerate isolated elements accentuating their sense of generosity and strength.
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