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Jim Bassler

Weaver and professor Jim Bassler compares a piece of his own weaving to a textile made by the people of Nazca, Peru (200 BC-700AD)

Weaver and professor Jim Bassler compares a piece of his own weaving to a textile made by the people of Nazca, Peru (200 BC-700AD).

Jim Bassler is a weaver and professor. He was introduced to the textile traditions, including the hooking of rugs, at an early age from his father. The Cold War strategies gave him the opportunity to see the world and introduced him to the craft traditions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The ethnic textiles that inspired him during his travels became the foundation for his work. His weavings also draw inspiration from pre-Columbian, Andean, and Mexican textile traditions.

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Teri Greeves

Teri Greeves holding her beaded umbrella that won Best in Show at the 1999 Santa Fe Indian Market

Teri Greeves holding her beaded umbrella that won Best in Show at the 1999 Santa Fe Indian Market

Teri Greeves is a beadwork artist who lives in Santa Fe, NM. She is enrolled in the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. Teri follows and updates the Kiowa tradition of beadwork, to tell the story of the American Indian, both contemporary and historical. Her works include beaded books, jewelry, and even high top sneakers!

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Mark Hewitt

Mark Hewitt, 2008

Mark Hewitt, 2008

Mark Hewitt is British born potter, who resides in North Carolina. Although his father and grandfather were the directors of Spode, a fine china manufacturing company, he decided to become a studio potter instead of an industry manager. He is known for his large planters, storage jars and vases fired with the traditional Southern alkaline glaze and salt glaze. He collects and refines local stoneware clays and his work is fired in a wood burning kiln.

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Jugtown Pottery

Pots made by Vernon, Pam, and Travis Owens at Jugtown Pottery, 2007

Pots made by Vernon, Pam, and Travis Owens at Jugtown Pottery, 2007

Jugtown Pottery, a working pottery and an American Craft Shop, is located in Seagrove, NC in the community of Westmoore and was started in 1917 by Jacques and Juliana Busbee. Drawing from the tradition, Jugtown Pottery creates traditional jugs and candlesticks in wood fired salt glaze and frogskin, and tableware using local clays. Form comes first, a simple continuous line, then a complimentary glaze and occasional decoration, wood or gas fired. Vernon, Pam, and son Travis are the main potters, while Bobby Owens mixes clay and glazes the pieces.

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Vernon Owens

Vernon Owens throwing a candlestick on the wheel, a form for which Jugtown Pottery is famous, 2008.

Vernon Owens throwing a candlestick on the wheel, a form which Jugtown Pottery is famous, 2008.

Vernon Owens is a native of Seagrove in Moore County and his roots in pottery go back four to five generations. Vernon grew up working in the shop of M.L. Owens, his father, absorbing the style and shapes. In 1960, John Mare, the owner of Jugtown Pottery then, hired Vernon as the Jugtown thrower. Vernon continued at Jugtown Pottery through the ownership of Country Roads, Inc., a nonprofit corporation whose mission was the preservation of hand crafts. In 1983 Vernon bought the pottery and married potter Pam Lorette. He currently lives, works and sells his pots at Jugtown Pottery.

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Pam Owens

Pam throwing on the wheel

Pam throwing on the wheel

Pam’s pottery studies began with seven years of pottery apprenticeship, the traditional method of pottery study. She currently lives and works at Jugtown Pottery, making pots and developing glazes and firing techniques. She also oversees the museum at Jugtown Pottery. Pam is influenced by early American northern and southern wares as well as the classical forms that Jugtown became known for. Pam serves currently as a North Carolina Pottery Center Board Member. 

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Travis Owens

Travis and Vernon Owens salting the kiln, 2008

Travis and Vernon Owens salting the kiln, 2008

Travis was born in 1985 and is the son of Vernon and Pam Owens. He began working in clay as soon as he could walk and grew up learning the craft of clay from his family. Travis received a BA in Art and Design at NC State University in 2007 and works at Jugtown Pottery.

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Philip Simmons

philip simmons (1912-2009)

Philip Simmons, 2009

Philip Simmons (1912-2009) was a renowned blacksmith in Charleston, SC. At the age of 13, he dropped out of school and started his apprenticeship as an iron worker with Charleston native, Peter Simmons (no relation). Although his work ranges from ornamental fences, stair rails to window grills, he was most famous for his gates that contain elaborate designs of animals and trees. His work adorns the city of Charleston from end to end. He was recognized on both the state and national levels, receiving honors from the Smithsonian Museum and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Paul Stankard

Paul Stankard flameworking at his torch in his New Jersey studio, 2009

Paul Stankard flameworking at his torch in his New Jersey studio, 2009

Paul J. Stankard is a glass artist in Mantua, New Jersey. Paul follows in the tradition of centuries-old European lampwork, elevating the practice of flamework to the highest art form of botanical paperweights. Paul lives and works in an area of southern New Jersey where glass has been produced since 1739. Working with him in the studio are his daughters, Katherine, Pauline, and Christine, and long time assistant David Graeber, who assist him in the creation of his masterpieces. He attended Salem Community College, where he teaches flameworking.

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Visionaries

Black Mountain College
Jack Lenor Larsen
Forrest L. Merrill
Felicia Rice
Kay Sekimachi

California

Deborah Cross
The Gamble House
Jack Ipekjian
James Ipekjian
Judson Studios
Corine Pearce
Randy Stromsoe

Neighbors

Gerardo Monterrubio
Carlomagno Pedro Martínez
Magdalena Pedro Martínez
Jaime Guerrero
Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda
Carmen Tapia
Cristina Romo
Eduardo Herrera
Judy Baca

Borders

Ofelia Esparza
J. Isaac Vásquez García
Jim Bassler
Veralee Bassler
Kiff Slemmons
Francisco Toledo

Nature

Patrick Dougherty
Michelle Holzapfel
Mary Merkel-Hess
Preston Singletary
Catherine Alice Michaelis

Teachers

Mark Mitsuda
Barbara Teller Ornelas & Lynda Teller Pete
Linda Sikora
Therman Statom

Celebration

Corey Chan
Thomas Chun
East West Floats
Babatunde Kenneth Graves & Malik Seneferu
Yumei Hou
Jeff Lee
Travis Lum
Nawal Motawi
Pewabic
Yoshiko Yamamoto
Jared Young

Music

Joan Baez
C.F Martin & Co.
Scotty Barnhart
Tony Ellis
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Ginter
James Hartel
Kamaka Hawaii
The David G. Monette Corporation
Joseph Pereira
Jake Shimabukuro
Stelling Banjo Works

Service

Eugene Burks
Pam DeLuco
Judas Recendez
Ehren Tool
Peter Voulkos

Industry

Joe Cunningham
Bethanne Knudson
Jan Lee
Graham McKay
Lucy Mingo
Libby O'Bryan
Mary Ann Pettway
Shane Yamane

Holiday

Biltmore House
Veronica Castillo
Garcia Art Glass
Susan Garson
Grove Park Inn
Harley Refsal
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez
Kathleen Trenchard

Forge

Chloe Darke
Albert Paley
Tom Pullin

Crossroads

Tanya Aguiñiga
Lia Cook
Clary Illian
Warren MacKenzie
Jeff Oestreich

Threads

Terese Agnew
Randall Darwall
Faith Ringgold
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Family

Cliff Lee
Holly Lee
Paul Marioni
Dante Marioni
Marina Marioni
Ed Moulthrop
Philip Moulthrop
Matt Moulthrop
Lisa Sorrell

Messages

Charles M. Carrillo
Beth Lipman
Thomas Mann 
Joyce J. Scott

Process

92nd St Y 
Julie Chen 
Cary Esser 
Kansas City Art Institute 
Tom Killion
Nikki Lewis 
North Bennet Street School 
Dave & Roberta Williamson

Origins

Jim Bassler 
Teri Greeves 
Mark Hewitt 
Jugtown Pottery 
Vernon Owens 
Pam Owens 
Travis Owens
Philip Simmons 
Paul Stankard 

Community

Jamex and Einar de la Torre
Sarah Jaeger
Ken Loeber
Dona Look
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Pilchuck Glass School
Hystercine Rankin
Denise and Samuel Wallace

Landscape

Kit Carson
David Gurney
George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Richard Notkin
Timberline Lodge
Jan Yager

Memory

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Garry Knox Bennett
Pat Courtney Gold
Mary Jackson
Tom Joyce
Sam Maloof