Art You Can Use
Suze Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin have made Fork Mountain Pottery their home since 1996. They live, work and showcase their pottery near Roan Mountain, about six miles from downtown Bakersville, NC. Visiting their studio you’ll find two distinctive styles, each potter approaching and interpreting their ideas about utilitarian wares.
Kent works in stoneware and porcelain clays, enhancing the surfaces of his pots by using traditional Eastern glazes that include carbon-trap shinos and celadons, as well as rich iron reds and warm yellows. His distinctive brushwork uses a “wax resist” technique. Suze’s stoneware pots subtly suggest figure and character as she manipulates her forms by altering them, then stacks and combines parts to create functional forms with personality. Suze decorates her pieces by patterning and painting slips and glazes then firing in her salt kiln.
They share a passion for working with their hands, and for making pots for everyday use that are well crafted and a pleasure to use.
Suze studied clay as a core fellow from 1987-1989, at Penland School of Crafts, then continued her schooling, earning an MFA from Louisiana State University. In 1992, she was awarded a 3-year artist residency at Penland School of Crafts, and returned to build her home/studio with fellow potter, Kent McLaughlin. Kent trained at Brevard Community College, the University of Central Florida and Penland School of Crafts. He apprenticed with a production potter before opening his first studio in 1985. They have taught workshops at numerous national and international art centers and universities from Maine to California, China to Chile, then right back home at Penland School of Crafts.
Permanent collections include Asheville Museum of Art, NC, San Angleo Museum of Fine Arts, TX, Manchester Craftsman Guild, PA, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Greenwich House Pottery, NY.