a bit off center
A Bit Off Center is made up of two friends
who collaborate to make functional
ceramics. Both Julie Rogers and Rae
Brown began wheel throwing as a hobby.
After working at community studios for
several years, we each bought wheels and
kilns and set up studios in our homes. We
approach our work from an analytical
perspective with attentiveness to details.
Together we make better pots than we could
alone and have a lot more fun.
Amanda Outcalt is an artist living and
working in Norfolk, VA. Outcalt received her
BFA in painting and metalsmithing from East
Carolina University in 2008. Operating under
the name Out of Print, Outcalt began a
printmaking business in 2015 and sells her
work internationally. In addition to being a
studio artist she is an educator as well,
teaching workshops in different mediums to
all ages and instructing elementary art for
kindergarten through fifth grade artists
Andrew’s pots are made with many ideas
coming from North Carolina Pottery, both
contemporary and traditional. Made with
an eye for simple, handsome forms, these
pots seek first to fill a function, and second
to do so beautifully. He follows the
guidelines of “form follows function, truth to
materials” in the creation of his work.
Andy is a faculty member in the English
Department at East Carolina University
and uses his free time to do woodworking.
All of his pieces are inspired by the
individual character and grain of the
particular species of wood used. From the
stunning array of colors and patterns found
in exotic woods, to the unrealized potential
for color and beauty of the more common
hardwoods, you can be certain the
resulting piece is striking and unique.
Andy Denton is a figurative sculptor whose
processes include cast and welded metal to
ceramics and pottery. He is currently an
Artist-In-Resident at the Armory Art Center in
West Palm Beach, Florida for their 2016-17
season. Andy earned his BFA from the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a
MFA from East Carolina University. His
artwork is now exhibited in North Carolina,
Michigan, Indiana, and in Florida.
Angel is a full-time Realtor and a part-time Photographer. She loves to take pictures and explore new places. She stays very busy but photography is her escape and keeps her going.
Ashlyn is a ceramic artist currently residing
in New Bern, North Carolina and an alumna
of East Carolina University. Her body of work
is sculptural, with North Carolina animals
comprising the majority of her pieces. She
has a great love of biology and tries to
encompass some of those elements into her
work. She is always exploring new
techniques and methods to create unique
and personable art.
Brandon Cordrey received his BFA from
East Carolina University. He is a studio
artist working mainly in mixed media
collage in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also
manages Flanders Gallery, is the
administrative and programming assistant
for Arts Access Inc., and teaches painting
and drawing at the Pullen Arts Center.
Brenda spends her time creating cigar box journals. Each journal is created with love in her home studio and offers wonderful writing papers surrounded by beautifully colored specialty papers, within unique cigar box covers. She offers the journals as a way to honor and celebrate as well as to “write” your own passage.
Beasley makes wheel thrown utilitarian pottery
intended for everyday use. He also makes
one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures. Earning a
Master of Fine Art degree from East Carolina
University, Beasley is currently a full time studio artist
located in Ames, Iowa. Brett has assisted top-ranked,
professional artists such as Ayumi Horie, Justin Rothshank,
Steve Loucks and Lynnette Hesser at various nationally
recognized craft schools. He has been an active member of
the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) since 2011 and attends the annual conference. Beasley exhibits his artwork at both the national and regional level.
Carolyn hails from Seattle, WA, but
relocated to Greenville, NC in order to
experience a different pace of life, and to
attend ECU's MFA in Metal Design program.
She attended Central Washington University
and graduated in 2012 with her BFA in
Studio Art. She has worked as an arts
administrator and jewelry lab technician
within Edmonds Community College in
Lynnwood, WA. Carolyn currently is a
graduate teaching assistant; she has taught
Enameling 1 & 2 at ECU.
Catherine is a native to Falkland, North
Carolina, receiving her BFA in Painting
from East Carolina University in 1979. She
has made Greenville home for 30 years
and is employed as a graphic artist at East
Carolina. Catherine works mainly in
watercolor, but enjoys other media as well.
Combining her love of nature and
gardening, she studies those plants and
animals that inhabit the world and draws
inspiration from her own backyard.
Catherine’s images are made to be visually compelling. Each work presents the viewer with an aesthetic unity. Her subject matter is drawn from her life experiences and she paints objects collected and treasured by
people from both her past and her present. Catherine aims to present the viewer with something unique but not inaccessible, something elegant and interesting that has a lasting visual appeal.
Charity Hall graduated with her MFA from
East Carolina University and is currently
living in Tucson, Arizona. She is working
as a studio artist and also teaches
metalworking and enameling classes at the
local community college. She currently
works with an insect subject matter in the
form of metal and enamel.
Chip was raised in rural Eastern North Carolina. His art is a fusion of mixed mediaand Outsider Art. The colorful pieces blend into a colorful pallette. The way he feels about his art is, “What does it do for you and how does it make you feel?”, and is it to be handed down for generations. His pieces have been purchased for private collections throughout the United States. All are one of a kind.
Cindy, along with her husband and son,
have lived in Greenville since 1986. In
2004 she took a pottery class at the local
recreation center and immediately knew
she had found her passion. She now
teaches beginning and intermediate
pottery at the recreation center and
beginning classes at Emerge. Her goal is
to make functional, harmonious, inviting
pieces that anyone would want to make
use of in their daily life.
Daniel earned his BFA in Wood Design from East Carolina University and has applied his art background to custom furniture and cabinets. "Functional art is what brings me the most satisfaction in my work."....."To create something that is useful but also beautiful is my ultimate goal." Daniel can befound working at Tyson Creek Studio in Greenville NC. It is a Greenville NC based furniture studio specializing in handcrafted
work. The studio was established in 2002 by Daniel Peoples with the intent of creating an artist environment that would foster design and fabrication of functional art.
Deborah's work is influenced by many factors,
especially world cultures, human
movement and living in a state so
exceptionally rich in pottery history. She plans
to continue refining her techniques and
experiment with new ideas, in hopes that
my work will continue to evolve through
clay's infinite potential.
erica stankwytch bailey
Erica is a native, and now current resident in Fayetteville, NC. Erica attended East Carolina University receiving her BA in Women’s Studies and a BFA in Metal Design. She has begun her career as a full-time metalsmith participating in many craft shows, internationally exhibiting her work, being published, and having her
work in permanent collections.
Gary’s artistic stoneware vessels reflect an
interest in natural forms, involving
mechanical lines and shapes and the use
of earth-tone glazes to enhance his
designs. He produces exquisite bowls,
platters, mugs, and many other vessels
that combine function and beauty to create
usable works of art. Currently, Gary
resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The movement and soft responsive feel of
porcelain clay thrown on a potters wheel is celebrated in the vessels I make. My pots are animated by thoughtful and spontaneous manipulation of their forms, surfaces, and attachments. Handles sweep up and out from bellies and shoulders. Jars raised on feet dance in space. Scale and surfaces appeal to the human hand. In the kiln, flames filled with
sodium decorate anticipated edges. I’m looking for my vessels to bring joy with their use and presence, to be good companions for daily living.
Having been trained in sculpture, drawing,
and painting, Gerard begrudgingly picked
up the camera for the first time, but
immediately became enchanted once he
did. He uses his photographs as a visual
diary to document the places he has lived
as well as his travels.
Gillian was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and grew up in Weymouth, MA. She moved to Durham, NC after receiving her BA in Chemistry from Boston University in 1993. Gillian spent a year at ECU perusing a MFA in Ceramics. She is currently self-employed as a studio potter and works part-time at the Durham VAMC. Her current work combines elements of manufactured porcelain and Japanese pottery, particularly Shigaraki stoneware.
Born and raised in the red clay of peidmont
North Carolina, Graham Jones attended
ECU prior to enlisting in the U.S. Coast
Guard. After retiring, Graham found two
hobbies - pottery and pyrate re-enacting.
Today, his food, microwave and
dishwasher safe pottery is wheel thrown on
an inland lake back home in the Piedmont.
Harry is a retired Presbyterian minister residing
in Pitt County. Woodworking is a hobby he has
enjoyed since high school and has served as an
apprentice as a wood pattern-maker. Harry’s
pens, pencils, magnifiers, and flashlights are of
exotic hardwoods, pressed and glued in brass
tubes, turned on the lathe, and finished with an
assortment of permanent finishes. Refills for
the pens are available from either Parker or
Cross, depending on style.
A native New-Englander, Heidi White-Dibella
now calls New Bern, NC home. She
graduated from Johnson & Wales University
in Rhode Island and enjoys working in a
variety of media, especially watercolor.
Heidi’s style is constantly changing, as she
likes to experiment with her art. Her work
has been displayed across the state of North
I hope these pots will encourage moments
for quiet contemplation and spending time
around the fire with friends. I currently work
in Kinston, NC as an artist in the smART
Jamie Kirkpatrick graduated with a Master
of Science degree in Geology in 1994 from
East Carolina University, and recieved a
Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics
from East Carolina University in 2000.
Kirkpatrick currently resides in Golden,
CO, where he is working as a studio potter
She grew up in Taiwan where she learned
to love storybooks and traditional crafts,
and is now a studio artist in Asheville, NC,
where she makes prints, books, and
crankies. Fancy degrees she holds include
a BFA in sculpture from East Carolina
University, an MFA and MA in Printmaking
from the University of Iowa, a Graduate
Certificate in Book Studies from the UIowa
Center for the Book, half of a pilot’s license
and half of a sailing certificate.
Jim Warren is a local artist and musician
who makes his own guitars in his Simpson
workshop. He holds a degree from the ECU
Industrial Technology Program, and has
designed and worked with wood products for
many years. The inspiration for the cigar box
guitars stemmed from his interest in the
music of the Delta Blues. During the Great
Depression it was beyond the means of
many people to buy musical instruments so
they created them from what they had on
hand, such as an old cigar box.
Jonathon is a MFA graduate of East
Carolina University, where he concentrated
his talents in the media of sculpture. He
primarily uses found objects, combining
them in unique ways that allow him to
create sculptural representations of
animals and human faces. Currently,
Jonathon works in his Uptown Greenville
studio, The Hobby Horse.
Karen Warren creates jewelry in both her
Greenville home and her cabin on Doe Run
Road in Wilkes County. Karen is always
looking for new ways to combine beads
and found-objects. It is rare that any two
pairs of her earrings be alike.
Living in Winterville, North Carolina. During
the day she teaches physics & chemistry, &
on the weekends & evenings I work as a
potter. I love turning & glazing. She began
throwing pots as a hobby in the 1980’s &
after raising three beautiful girls, she
returned the wheel. Making beautiful glazes
& forms requires a love chemistry &
physics, which has always played a major
role in her proffessional life. She has always
found the joining of science & art that is
inherent in pottery to be appealing. All
functional pottery is microwave and
dishwasher safe. Raku & Horse Hair Pottery
is meant for decorative purposes only.
Kyle Rees is an artist/educator from
Indiana. He currently resides in Greenville,
NC where he is completing his Masters of
Fine Arts in Ceramics at East Carolina
University. Kyle makes wheel thrown
pottery and uses a variety of surface and
Lauren Rogers graduated from East
Carolina University in 2012 with degrees in
Ceramics and Interpersonal and
Organizational Communications. Her
current body of ceramic work focuses more
on tall, elegant, flowing forms intended for
visual aesthetic pleasures. She finds much
of her inspiration in the strength and
movement of bodies of water. Lauren’s
artistic interests also include textiles and
Lisette Fee has been designing and making
jewelry for over 10 years. Growing up as the
daughter of an Army officer provided Lisette
the opportunity to travel the world, from
Japan to El Salvador to Uruguay to Panama.
This immersion in a diversity of cultures
gave Lisette an invaluable appreciation for a
variety of art forms.
Liz Steiner received her MFA in Metal Design
at East Carolina University in Greenville,
North Carolina. In addition, she holds a BFA
in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent
State University where she also earned a
minor in Geology. She has exhibited work
both nationally and internationally. She was
the 2012 Artist Fellow in Fine Metals at
Peters Valley Craft center and a recipient of
a Regional Artist Project Grant. Liz is
currently a Teaching Artist in Metal Arts at the
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology.
Madalyn McLeod is an illustrator and fine
artist living in the mountains of North
Carolina. She received her BFA with a
concentration in Illustration from ECU in
2013. She makes an adventurous living
illustrating children’s books and drawing.
She gathers inspiration from nature,
mythology, folklore, and her artwork is
characterized by its elements of fantasy and
whimsy. She enjoys reading a good story,
drinking too much coffee, and living in the
Matt is a maker who lives in Winterville, NC and teaches at Pitt Community College. He completed his undergraduate studies in Art Education at Western Michigan University and his MFA in Sculpture from ECU in 2010.
Matthew was born in Florida to a military family, settling in North Carolina upon
graduation from East Carolina University
with a BFA in Graphic Design. Following
school, Matt worked as a freelance graphic
designer before committing himself
full-time to his art. Currently, his work
consists of print-making, woodcuts, and
Painter and illustrator working heavily with gouache and acrylic inks,
received her BFA in Graphic Design from ECU. Her paintings are
representations and reflections from her life experiences,
dreams and her focus to live mindfully through the universe
and keep peace within herself as well as the elements
around her daily. Crystal healing, mindful meditation,
and understanding the universe while dropping the
ego more each day is what infuses her work.
Renee is an artist, fabricator, metalsmith,
sculptor, welder, and teacher who takes
great pride in her work and loves making
custom creations. She is a local, small tow
girl, and a lifetime student of art; earning both
her BFA and MFA at East Carolina
University. When Renee is not creating
exciting new pieces of custom jewelry or
fabricating works of art in her studio, she can
be found teaching art in the town of
Ronnie Harrison lives and works in Greenville with his wife, and is currently employed as an art educator at DH Conley High School. Ronnie worked in the garment industry for 20 years as a designer and pattern maker before returning to school to obtain his BA in Painting from ECU in 2002. He is an active painter and potter, and continues to develop his skills in ceramics at Pitt County Art Council at Emerge and at Dan Finch's Pottery Studio.
Suzanne ha been hand-crafting pottery in
eastern North Carolina for almost ten years.
After taking a pottery class at her local Park
and Recreation center, she fell in love. She’s
been working and learning from local master
potter, Dan Finch. Most of her work was
made in her private studio. She loves to
create colorful pieces that are functional for
Susan's work can be described as darkly
romantic or even whimsical with a touch of
naughty fairy magic. She uses things from
nature, found objects and semi precious
stones to create unusual one of a kind
pieces. Susan is from Petersburg Virginia
and moved to NC in 1996. She loves
teaching her technique as well and delights
to see her students run with new ideas.
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Victoria, a Kansas City Native, came to the
Greenville area in 1996 after studying
Horticulture at the University of Missouri.
She currently focuses her artistic talents on
slab-formed ceramic earthenware sculpture.
Her lyrical pieces sometimes include mixed
media and are finished with acrylics and
colored waxes. Victoria currently travels
throughout the southeast, showing her
one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces at art shows