The Village Potters IS/M Program Faculty

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The Village Potters Faculty:

Sarah Wells Rolland, Lori Theriault, and. Judi Harwood

Community Invitational Instructors:

“It is a great privilege and honor to share with you our Invited Instructors from our community in our IS/M Program. Many of these instructors are longtime friends, mentors and peers in my life as a potter. I am personally impacted and grateful for each one.” Sarah Wells Rolland


Gary Clontz, David Voorhees, And more to be announced


Gary Clontz, Angelique Tassistro, Bob Brotherton,  Zan Barnes, Shadow May and more to follow.

Gary Clontz is a highly acclaimed Ceramic Instructor who developed The Premier Production Crafts Program in the nation right here in the mountains at Haywood Community College. He set a standard in education in fine crafts that is still modeled after today around the nation. He is an exceptional pottery instructor and mentor. The number of successful and unique potters in this country that were under his instruction are numerous, including myself and several of our instructors. Gary’s support in my career from my small beginnings to this day is beyond measure. Gary is also known both for his functional pots and his Raku. We are honored that he is part of our program.

Bob Brotherton is a wonderful functional potter who works and lives on the top of the mountain in Haywood County. He is one of those best kept secrets because he works from his home and sells to galleries primarily. It is a genuine privilege that he will come off his mountain and share with us his 40 years of experience.

Shadow May is an up and coming functional potter and ceramic sculptor. He has found a path for timeless pots that are created by marrying traditional wood fire techniques like tumble stacking, shells and fusing with glass, while firing cone 6 oxidation. His work is clearly identifiable and wonderful. He is in a glorious season of recognition and award winning “Best of Shows”. It will be wonderful to hear how he approaches his work, his business and his success.

Angelique Tassistro is an amazing ceramic artist who has been featured in several national ceramic magazines, including Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly. She taught in our Masters Series program in 2014 and was an inspiration and encouragement to all the emerging potters. She shares openly her techniques and stories of success and hard knocks. She brings a contemporary, colorful facet to our program and I am confident many of our emerging potters will connect with her intentional approach to business and creative lifestyle.

Zan Barnes is a wonderful potter and brings with her a generational legacy in clay. She fires porcelain in a soda kiln. There is a unique look that comes with soda firing and Zan has found her original voice in this approach. She is young and passionate and will not only share her techniques, but will also share her clay upbringing, and how she is forging her own path! We are thrilled to have her on our team!