STARworks Clay Studio
Seagrove Pre-Conference Artists
The wood kiln at The Clay Studio is a three-chambered Naborigama; one wood ash, one glaze and the largest of the three being a 24 cu/ft salt chamber. The kiln was designed and built as a collaboration between Takuro Shibata and Hajimu Kato of Shigaraki, Japan in 2006.
Erin Younge is director of The Clay Studio at STARworks, an educational and residency space connected to the clay factory on site. The factory mines local materials to create North Carolina sourced clay bodies for the ceramic community. Inspired by this process, she developed NC clay slips and uses them for her surfaces. When not exploring the local slips, her work is project-based and she uses various materials and techniques to build pieces that explore the relationships between history, religion and politics. Younge received a BFA concentrating in sculpture from UNC-Greensboro and an MFA from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She has taught workshops and participated in exhibitions nationally.
Bill Jones grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and went to college and eventually graduate school to study architecture. In 2011, seeking a change of course and a more intimate interaction with material, Bill found his way to clay. Heading south to North Carolina, Bill studied at Penland School of Crafts and eventually he went to Seagrove to apprentice with sculptor and potter, Daniel Johnston. Since then he has been a resident artist at STARworks Ceramics and continues work there as a production artist while running his own studio in Greensboro, NC. Bill’s work is functional with a focus on strong, simple forms and gestural mark-making.