I make pots because I love the process and limitless possibilities involved when working with clay. I am attracted to the idea that mankind made pottery before the written word. Pottery was an essential and fundamental part of early civilization. Yet today pots fulfill a different requirement in modern life by carrying a message of life. I have made this object with my hands with the intentions of you using it with your hands. Your touch embracing my touch. The direct connection between maker and user. This is an essential and fundamental consideration I enjoy when I work.

-Kent McLaughlin

Kent D. McLaughlin

1782 Fork Mountain Road

Bakersville NC 28705


 

1999 – 2012 Studio Potter making utilitarian porcelain and stoneware pottery. Co-owner Fork Mountain Pottery.

1999 Production line and operations advisor, Art for the garden – product development, Garden Dance, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.

1997 – 1999 Studio construction.

1994 – 1996 Operations Coordinator, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

1993 Services Coordinator, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

Pre – 1993 Studio potter – McLaughlin Pottery and Oceanside Clayworks,

Melbourne, Fl. Produced and marketed utilitarian pottery.

 

Permanent Collections:

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

Manchester Craftsman Guild, Pittsburgh Pa

Solo Exhibitions

2011 AKAR, Iowa City, IA

2006 North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2003 St Pete Clay Company, St Petersburg, FL.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011:

“Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR, Iowa City, IA

“Jingdezhen- Shared Journeys”, W Va University, Morgantown. W Va.

“Functional Ceramic Invitational, The Wayne Center for the Arts”, Wooster ,OH

“Potters of the Roan”, The Mahler Gallery, Raleigh, NC

“American Pottery Festival”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

“La Mesa”, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Invitational, Tampa, FL

“Penland In Houston”, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX

“On the Wall”, Sheridan Artists Guild, Ogden WY

2010:

“Yunomi Invitational’ AKAR Iowa City, IA

”A Time and Place”, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, Nc

“La Mesa”, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Invitational, Philadelphia PA

“1,895 Yers of Pottery”, B Square Gallery, Philadelphia PA

“Dalls Pottery imvtational,” Southside Warehoiuse, Dalas TX

“Encore” Baltimore Clayworks, Blatimore, MD

”American Pottery Festival”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

“The Art of the Cup”, Ogden Museumsof Southern Art, new Orleans < LA

“Table of Elements”, Manchester Craftsmans Guild, Pittsburgh, PA

“Table Manners”, lark and Key Gallery, charlotte, NC

“La Mesa/Santa Fe”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM

North Carolina Clay Invitational” FRANK Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2009:

“Teapots: Functional, Formal, Narrative”, Foster Gallery,University of WI, Eau Claire

“Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR, Iowa City, IA

“Couplets”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD

“Art of the State”, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC

“Potters of the Roan”, Mudfire, Atlanta, GA

“Circle of Eight”, Charlotte, NC

“Shakerag Faculty Exhibition”, St-Andrews Sewanee Gallery, Sewanee, TN

2008:

“PotPOURri: Pots That Pour”, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

“Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR, Iowa City, IA

“Table of Elements” Manchester Craftsman’s Guild. Pittsburgh, PA

“Penland Instructor’s Show’, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

“Teapots”, Sparta Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC

“Triplets”, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

“Go Green”, Dowstudio, Deer Isle, ME

2007:

“Featured Artist”, AKAR, Iowa City, IA

“Pitcher Invitational”, University of N.C.- Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

“Cup Invitational”, Dowstudios, Deer Isle ME

“Potters of the Roan” Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC

“ Yunomi Invitational” AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

“Cup of Tea” Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

“Influential Journeys” Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY

“ Mentor”, Gallery Mad About Arts, Louisville, KY

“ Different Directions : Coming Together in Clay 5”, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

2006:

“Six Functional Potters”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

“ Pouring Vessels”, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA

“Style and Function : National Ceramics Invitational”, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC

“Ceramic Cup Invitational’ Lux Center For The Arts, Lincoln, NE

“ La Mesa”, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Invitational, Portland, OR.

“Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot”, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI.

“Tactile Appeal”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR.

“Odyssey Instructor Show” Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC.

“Potter’s Showcase”, Dowstudio Gallery, Deer Isle, ME.

2005

“Southern Highland Craft Guild 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Arrowmont’s Blain Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN.

“Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.

“Out of The Cupboard: Into The Light”, UNI Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA.

“Potters of The Southern Mountains”, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO.

“National Teapot Show VI”, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC.

“American Pottery Festival”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.

“Behold: The Mug”, Sivertson Gallery, Duluth, MN.

2004:

“Plates and Platters”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.

“100 Teapots 2”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.

“NC Craft ’04: A Celebration of Penland’s 75th Anniversary”, Wellington Gray Gallery, Greenville, NC.

“Haystack Faculty Show”, Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME.

“For The Table”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.

“American Pottery Festival”, North Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN,

2003:

“American Pottery Festival”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.

“Hundreds of Cups”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.

2002:

“Appalachian Regional Commission Exhibition”, traveling show with Southern Highland Craft Guild, Washington, DC.

“Potters of The Roan”, Charleston Clayworks, Charleston, SC.

“Faculty Exhibition”, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO.

2002:

“Feature Exhibit”, Campbell House Galleries, Arts Council of Moore Country, Southern Pines, NC.

“Potters of The Roan”, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC.

2001:

“Pots Presented”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.

“For The Table”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.

“Potters of Penland”. Winthrop Galleries, Rock Hill, SC.

1999:

“The Ritual of the Table”, Contemporary Ceramic Dinnerware, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC.

“Cynthia Bringle, A Fiery Influence”, Invitational retrospective show, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC.

1998:

“Penland Potters”, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA.

1997

“Penland Community Potters”, Gallery 1021, Chicago, IL.

 

Teaching Experience / Workshops / Lectures:

2011

Instructor. Anderson Ranch Art Center

Presenter, University Of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Instructor, Fall Concentration, Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC

2010

Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Presenter, Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville, VA

2009

Instructor, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, Asheville, NC

Instructor, Greensboro Clay Guild, Greensboro, NC

Instructor, Shakerag Workshops, Sewanee, TN

2008

Instructor, Curaumilla Art Center, Curaumilla, Chile

Instructor, Spring Concentration, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2007

Visiting Artist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Presenter, Angelo State University Ceramic Symposium, San Angelo, TX

Instructor. The Art League, Alexandria, VA

2006

Visiting Faculty, Fall semester, University of North Carolina- Pembroke

Instructor, Clayworks, Charlotte, NC.

Instructor, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC

2005

Visiting Faculty, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and West Virginia University Fall Program, Jingdezhen, China.

2004

Instructor, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

Instructor, Spring Session, Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC.

2003

Instructor, Winter Session, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC.

Instructor, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL.

Instructor, Summer workshop, Odyssey, Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC.

Instructor, Fall Concentration, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

2002 Instructor, Studio Intensive, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO.

Instructor, John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

2001 Instructor, Fall Session, Odyssey Center For The Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC.

2000 Visiting Artist, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC.

1992 Summer / Fall Sessions, Studio Assistant, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

 

Publications

2007 Ceramics Monthly February, “Upfront”, pg. 22

2006 Ceramics Monthly- October, “Upfront” , Gallery Guide, pg. 50

2002 Ceramic Art and Perception – review of “Pots Presented” exhibition, Baltimore, Clayworks

2001 The Ceramic Glaze Handbook, by Mark Burleson, pgs. 61, 124.

Professional Organizations

Southern Highland Craft Guild

Toe River Arts Council

National Council on Education of Ceramic Art.

 

 

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