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About Kent McLaughlin

Kent McLaughlin is a studio potter who began his training in 1973 at Brevard Community College, the University of Central Florida, and Penland School of Crafts. He apprenticed with a production potter before opening his own studio in 1985. Since 1996, he has owned and operated his private studio, Fork Mountain Pottery, in Bakersville NC, with his wife, Suze Lindsay.

He makes his living selling his pots, and teaching workshops. Kent has taught nationally and internationally at well known art centers like Penland School of Crafts in Penland NC, Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass CO, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN. He has been a visiting instructor at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and at Curaumilla Art Center in Chile.


Artist Statement

Almost all the pottery I make is based on utility. Hopefully my pots are approachable, accessible and affordable and will be used daily.

We live in what is considered a temperate rain forest. Summers are green and lush and the winter is fairly mild. The surfaces of my work tend to reflect that in my decorating of the work.

I’m inspired from the act of making. It’s deeply satisfying using my hands to form on the potter’s wheel, extrude components to construct forms and making slab of clay to build objects that would will earn a place in someone’s kitchen cabinets.

Instagram: @chetorbet

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