Pfeiffer University News
Pfeiffer presents workshop by members of the N.C. Potters Guild Nov. 5
- Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 ( 10:01 am )
Participants get hands-on demonstration, opportunity to create pottery for worthy cause
Members of the North Carolina Professional Potters Guild will present a pottery demonstration, exhibition and sale on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Cameron and Grace West Gallery at Pfeiffer University.
The potters will offer continuous demonstrations in turning and tile making from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Well-known local potter, Bobbie Listerman, will open the event with a discussion about the craft followed by a unique, hands-on service project. Under the guidance of potter Millie Campbell, participants will have the opportunity to craft bowls that will be donated to Stanly Community Christian Ministry, Inc. in support of the Empty Bowls project, a grassroots effort to raise money and awareness to end hunger and food insecurity.
A number of local potters who are members of the guild and will participate in the event at Pfeiffer are:
Bobbie Listerman (pictured right) was working in pottery for Melvin Owens in Seagrove when her knowledge of heat chemistry helped her to get a job at Alcoa Badin Works. After leaving Alcoa in 1994, she went back to potting full time in her shop in Seagrove and her home in Richfield. She makes functional pottery as well as clay and glass jewelry. Listerman earned an associate’s degree in pottery at Montgomery Community College.
Millie Campbell studied professional pottery making at Montgomery Community College receiving an advanced certificate. Campbell’s work represents a variety of techniques including tile making, functional and art stoneware, Raku and alternative firing techniques. All of her creations are heavily influenced from her experiences around water and nature.
John Huneycutt, who has been making pottery for more than three years and is a self-described “Old Well Digger,” has taken local materials that he unearths in his well-digging business to develop unique glazes and clays. Huneycutt makes all forms of stoneware although his favorite is jugs. He is currently a student of pottery at Montgomery Community College.
Teresa Hunsucker discovered her love of pottery making more than 16 years ago at Montgomery Community College. She allows natural elements and nature to assist in making impressions on her pieces along with Sgraffito effect. Hunsucker takes great joy in the process of creation and design of form. Ken Hunsucker, her husband, joined her in the love of clay in 1997. He also enjoys the process of creating and applying engobes along with the Sgraffito effect.
Nancy Lipe is currently enjoying pottery as her second career. She works in a variety of clays and firing techniques including functional stoneware, Raku, crystalline, and most recently, barrel-fired Raku pottery. Lipe obtained an advanced certificate in professional crafts and clay from Montgomery Community College.
Establishedin 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, Pfeiffer is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. Visit Pfeiffer online at www.pfeiffer.edu or on www.facebook.com/pfeifferuniversity.