Claudia Dunaway

Claudia Dunaway has been a potter for nearly 40 years, having originally studied with legendary potter Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, Georgia, and at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Her education continued through the years through a series of workshops conducted by such notable potters as John Glick, Jack Troy, Toshiko Takeauz, and Peter King. More recently a Penland workshop lead by Kathy King and Paul Wandlesson printmaking on clay has added to her repertoire of techniques.  After long stretches in both Fredericksburg, Virginia and St. Augustine, Florida teaching and owning galleries, she and her artist husband, John D. Richards, returned in 2003 to North Carolina to immerse themselves in the rich community of local artists anchored by the Penland School of Crafts northeast of Asheville. Together with daughter and textile artist, Kathryn Lynch, they established the Yummy Mud Puddle in Burnsville.


Claudia uses a range of clay bodies and fires in a gas reduction kiln to create subtly varied finishes. Her work is intensely illustrated with strong line and wide ranging subject matter. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries and exhibitions. In addition to being a founding member of Mica, she is also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and the Spruce Pine Potters Market. When not making pottery Claudia enjoys playing music with the Toe River Chamber Orchestra and the novelty jazz band, Hot Duck Soup.

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

North Carolina

  • 87 Ruffin, Linville 
  • Mica, Bakersville
  • Grovewood Gallery, Asheville
  • Southern Highland Guild Craft Shop, Asheville
  • Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville
  • Seven Sisters, Black Mountain


  • Art & Invention, Nashville


  • Crossed Palms Gallery, Bokeelia Key
  • Fern and Dina's Gallery and Gifts, Fernandina