I have been a potter since 1974. I grew up in Reidsville, North Carolina, earned my degree in Art at UNC-Greensboro, then studied with Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, GA. Since that time I have lived in WV, serving as an artist-in-residence for Greenbrier County, and in Fredericksburg, VA, where I taught for the Stafford County schools and maintained a pottery shop in the downtown historic district. In 1988 I moved to Florida. Together with my husband, John Richards, we owned and operated the Temple of Great Art in St. Augustine. In 2003, we moved to Burnsville, NC where we established the Yummy Mud Puddle Studios and Vacation Rental.
My work took a dramatic turn in 2004 when Tracy Dotson of Penland built my first gas reduction kiln. When firing in an electric kiln I relied heavily upon the use of colored slips and layering of glazes in order to acheive the depth of color I sought. Those same techniques in addition to the atmosphere of the kiln achieve even greater color variation on the surfaces. My surface design techniques evolved after a 2010 Penland workshop in Printmaking and Image Transfer with Kathy King and Paul Wandless. Kathy’s sgraffito style in particular inspired me. My work continues to evolve using that as a touch point.
The majority of my work is intended for everyday use. My glazes are food safe, durable, dishwasher and microwave safe.
Galleries & shops where you can find Claudia's work
- Mica, Bakersville
- Grovewood Gallery, Asheville
- Southern Highland Guild Craft Shop, Asheville
- Toe River Arts Council Gallery Shop, Burnsville
- Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville
- Art & Invention, Nashville
- Crossed Palms Gallery, Bokeelia Key