NC Mountains Pre-Conference Artist
Andrew Stephenson was born in England and he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from East Carolina University in 1996. After graduation he moved to Asheville, NC to take a position at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts.
Andrew has always loved the wood fired salt-glazed pottery of North Carolina, so when he was offered a two year apprenticeship with Matt Jones, a former apprentice of Todd Piker and Mark Hewitt, he jumped at the chance.
During the apprenticeship he learned the forms and turning techniques that have been passed down from potter to potter since the days of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew.
When Andrew was finished with his apprenticeship he bought a house in rural Rutherford county, received a grant, and built his own 300 cubic foot wood kiln and holds several kiln openings a year.
His kiln is a sprung arch crossdraft tube kiln with 280 cubic ft stacking space.