Mark Hewitt (Pittsboro) was born near Stoke-on-Trent, England, and began an apprenticeship in 1976, moving to NC with his wife Carol in 1983.Mark is the author of numerous articles about potters and pottery.In 2005 he co-curated “The Potter’s Eye” with Nancy Sweezy at the North Carolina Museum of Art.Mark is currently serving as president and fundraising chair.
Clare Ruggles (Pinehurst) is the Executive Director of the Northern Moore Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization serving families in northwestern Moore County, where many Seagrove area potters live and work. She received a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She feels fortunate to work in a community with such rich artistic heritage. Clare is currently serving as vice-president.
Linda Wharton (Cary) is a Principal Software Quality Analyst at SAS Institute where she has worked in many capacities over thirty years. Wharton's interest in community service and the arts have provided opportunity to serve multiple terms on the Board of the Friends of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NCSU. Passionate about pottery, Wharton collects from her favorite potters and has worked at Mark Hewitt's kiln openings for more than twenty years. Currently serving as board secretary.
Ed Henneke (Seagrove) obtained his undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.He began his career as an Asst. Professor at Florida State University and moved to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, where he served as professor, researcher, and administrator for 36 years.From 1989 -- 2002, he was Dept. Head of Engineering Mechanics, and from 2002 – 2007, he was Assoc. Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering.He retired from Virginia Tech in2007. Ed is currently serving as board treasurer and on the Exhibition Committee.
Steve Compton (Raleigh) is an avid collector of historic North Carolina Pottery. The author of numerous articles related to NC potters and potteries, Steve is also the author of North Carolina Pottery:Earthenware, Stoneware and Fancyware published by Collector Books. Formerly the President of the NCPC BOD, Steve is also a founding member of the North Carolina Collectors Guild. His current work includes research on North Carolina's early eighteenth century earthenware potters.
Seo Eo (Greenville) is a ceramics professor at East Carolina University School of Art and Design. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at Herron School of Art before moving to N.C. in 1996. He is a Korean native and brings his experiences in different cultures and languages to his art and his many interests.
David Fernandez (Seagrove) owns and operates Seagrove Stoneware Inn and Pottery with his wife, Aleza Moderno.He graduated from Williams College, WA, in Art & Mathematics. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Craft Fellowship, and was the Western States Coordinator for the Visual Arts Education Program of the NEA. He was also the Director of the Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT, and has been a potter since 1980, moving to Seagrove in 2007.
Jason Harpe (Charlotte) is an historic preservation consultant with Harper Consulting, Charlotte, N.C. His B.A. and M.A. in History from UNC-Charlotte have informed a personal and professional commitment to historic preservation, sites and museums, and an interest in N.C. pottery history and traditions.
Jennifer Jawanda (Southern Pines) is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro & NCSU. A Registered Dietitian, she is an active parent volunteer with school gardens and is also a Master Gardener. An avid pottery enthusiast, she is a novice potter herself. She and her husband, an infectious diseases specialist in Pinehurst, enjoy collecting pottery and getting to know area potters and their craft. A member of the Arts Council of Moore County, she has in interest in promoting the arts, as well as the local food movement, especially with children.
Mac McAtee (Oak Ridge) is retired and lives in Oak Ridge, NC with his wife Rebecca. His interest in North Carolina pottery initially began when he moved to North Carolina from Savannah, Georgia in 1984 and has steadily grown over time. His collection focuses on traditional utilitarian wares as well as pottery created during the transitional period when the traditional potters began to develop glazes and forms intended for the decorative market. He enjoys delving into the history of North Carolina potters, the tools they used, and their familial connections as well as their influence on the pottery schools in nearby states. Mac has acquired an extensive collection of Catawba Indian pottery with emphasis on the pre-1950's era.
Carolyn McDermott (Star) is a retired business software consultant. She grew up in Delaware but moved from Massachusetts to Spies in Moore County with her husband, Fred Shuker, in 2001. She has been a volunteer for the NCPC, the NC Zoo, and the Northern Moore Family Resource Center, where she was Board chair. She also participates yearly in the Spring and Christmas bird counts. She serves on the Moore County Board of Elections and the Board of Social Services. Carolyn and Fred love North Carolina pottery and glass.
Caroleen Sanders (Concord, NC and Rock Hill, SC) a traditional Catawba Indian potter growing up watching Catawba potters at work, particularly her mother, Verdie Harris Sanders. More recently, she has studied under contemporary masters such as Nola Campbell and Earl Robbins. She is now a frequently requested teacher and demonstrator, and was featured at the 1996 annual Day of the Catawba Festival. Caroleen donated pieces of her pottery to the Center before it opened and is a powerful advocate for the Catawba tradition.
Elsya Stockin (Charlotte) graduate of Stephens College andUNC Chapel Hill. She is a retired medical illustrator from Emory University School of Dentistry and Georgetown University Medical School. She has been actively involved in NC ceramics and crafts for 40 years as a collector and a 28 year member of The Mint Museum of Art's Delhom Service League's ceramic study and research affiliate where she has served as the DSL President, program chairman, and for the past 7 years as Potters Committee Chairman for the Potters Market Invitational, a show founded by the DSL to promote the ongoing ceramic tradition in North Carolina.
Mike Walker (Seagrove) owner of Walker Stone and SeagroveCreations. He spent 20 years as the Mayor of Seagrove and 10 years serving on the City Council . He hasalso served on many Randolph County Boards including the Economic Development Council, Crime Stoppers and the Strategic Planning Commission. In addition, he has been Chairman of the Seagrove-Ulah Water Department since 1990.
Lane Wharton (Raleigh) a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.Lane has been a lawyer in private practice in Raleigh for the past 37 years, specializing in representing the State in connection with the problems of financially-troubled insurers.Lane has also served as on the Boards of Directors of several non-profits including the Food Bank and Planned Parenthood affiliates in the Triangle.