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Adrienne Dellinger, Executive Director

Adrienne received her BFA from East Carolina University. She is a utilitarian potter and is a former exhibiting member of the American Craft Council and Piedmont Craftsmen. She has been accepted in national shows and is represented in fine craft galleries all over the East Coast. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, fellow potter Greg Scott and their two children.



Kimberly Tyrrell, Studio Manager

Kimberly graduated with a BA in Visual Arts, concentration in Fine Art Photography, from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She began experimenting with clay while in school and worked at a local pottery studio. Kimberly moved to Asheville, NC in 2002 and continued clay work with an apprenticeship at Brown’s Pottery, with Master Potter Charlie Brown. She also owned and operated a clay studio where she taught pottery for 6 years. In late spring of 2010 she moved to the Charlotte area. Her photography and clay work are inspired by nature.





Danielle Carelock

Danielle is a ceramicist and visual artist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has interned with various galleries as an assistant, instructed ceramic workshops and was previously a resident artist at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY.  In the Spring of 2018, Danielle completed a three-month residency at STARworks in Star, NC.


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Kira Campbell

Kira has an undergraduate degree in theater and her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Michigan, where she studied under Georgette Zirbes and Sadashi Inuzuka. She has been working in clay for over twenty years, and has experience ranging from production pottery to university instruction to large-scale installation art. Kira has participated in residencies in Denmark, Hungary and Ireland and has work in several international museums. While her exhibited work is all sculptural, she enjoys exploring the vessel in all its forms whenever possible.






Susan Hendley

Susan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During her time in the Upstate, she increased her knowledge of art and studio practice through work with the Spartanburg Art Museum, HUB-BUB Showroom Gallery, and The Bascom: A Visual Arts Center.  Susan returned to The Bascom for a summer residency in 2015, concentrating in functional ceramic forms. From North Carolina, she relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, as Education Coordinator and Studio Assistant for Earthborn Pottery, as well as a production assistant for Civil Stoneware, and ceramic artist and educator for MAKEBhm, a contemporary makerspace. She recently completed a fellowship with the Elsewhere Museum and teaching with the Forge Makerspace, in Greensboro North Carolina.


Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes

Ever since Susan took her first pottery class her freshman year of high school she found a way to have clay in her life. This is why she was very happy to find Clayworks in 2008 after moving to Charlotte, NC. Starting as a student, Susan has had many roles at Clayworks over the years. She is currently the Community Impact Coordinator at Clayworks as well as an instructor. Graduating with a BA in Psychology and a minor in art.  She is inspired by the colors and textures found in nature.






Desiree Petty

Desiree received her BFA from University of North Carolina Charlotte with a concentration in ceramics. She has been an artist in residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA.  Her work has been accepted in several national exhibitions. Désirée is continually reexamining the line between functional and sculptural artworks through the medium of clay. Her work is propelled forward by exploring new relationships between the two and creating opportunities in the work where they intersect.

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Jeff Pender

Pender received his MFA form the University of Florida Gainesville in 2002 and was an Adjunct Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College from 2002-2014. Pender also served as a lecturer at Wingate University from 2003-2006. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Monthly emerging artist online, American Craft and Craft and Art of Clay 2012 edition. He has held an Affiliate Artist position at McColl Center for Visual Art and has received grants including the Arts and Science Council Regional Project Artist Grant in 2003 and 2008 which sponsored in part shows at NCECA in 2004 and 2009. Jeff currently lives in Mooresville, NC and works in his studio at home while performing stay at home dad duties during the day.


Cary Sherck

Cary Sherck graduated from UNCC with a concentration in Ceramics, she continued her studies at Penland School of Crafts. She has taught art in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system and owned her own adult teaching studio for over two years. She has taught in a variety of community outreach programs. Her work is wheel thrown and altered and she loves getting color on the surface.


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Amy Sanders

Amy Sanders graduated with a BA in art and secondary education from Centre College in Danville, KY and enjoys teaching art to all ages. She was an 18-month Affiliate Artist with the McColl Center for Visual Art and is now working as a full time potter.



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Gregory A. Scott

Originally from Macon, GA, Greg completed a BFA from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He likes to be involved in community education. Greg has exhibited his work at the Mint Museum of Craft and design and The McColl Center for Visual Art. The objects that he creates embody notions of ritual, change and transformation that are the journey of art experiences and process.