Morganton, NC – Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) will host western North Carolina potter Ken Sedberry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 as he offers a demonstration on wheel-throwing and clay sculpture techniques as well as discusses his personal experiences as a working studio potter. The free demonstration along with displayed examples of Sedberry’s work will be in the College’s Professional Crafts: Clay Studio, room H-26. There will be a one-hour noon break from 12 to 1 p.m.
Sedberry received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977. He was an artist-in-resident at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mo. where he studied and taught until 1979. Returning to the East Coast, he taught at The Catholic University of America until 1981. Ken and his family moved to North Carolina where he has been a full-time studio potter in the small mountain community of Loafer’s Glory for 27 years.
“One of the most critical choices in my life was to leave the urban arena of Washington, D.C., 27 years ago and move to the mountains of western North Carolina,” said Sedberry. “There seems to be a certain rightness here. There are larger rhythms. The trees and mountains shrink you right down.”
Sedberry is known for his utilitarian pottery and animal sculptures. He designed and built a wood kiln based on a traditional Japanese Noborigama kiln. “I love the process of stoking the firebox,” the potter explained. “There’s a connection there. You stay right with it from beginning to end. Wood firing means allowing this process to take some part in the aesthetics of the work. The variables are infinite and one gives in to chance.”
He has conducted workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell School, Canton Clayworks, the University of Iowa, and Western Carolina University. He exhibits predominantly in galleries located in the southeastern United States. To view more of Ken Sedberry’s work, visit his website www.sedberrypottery.com.
For more information about this event or pottery classes at the College, contact WPCC’s Professional Crafts Coordinator Courtney Long at 828-448-3552.
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