About our Group

In the last decade, the quiet mountain towns and townships of Madison County, North Carolina have attracted an ever growing community of artists and craftspeople.  Madison County’s rich rural and agricultural history and its inhabitants’ collective respect for tradition and craft make a natural setting for the production of handmade functional and sculptural ceramics. The Potters of Madison County was created in order to unite and acknowledge the skilled and diverse group of men and women currently creating work in an area not previously recognized as a stronghold for pottery in its own right.

The group is currently Shirl & Jim Parmentier, Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen, Alex Matisse, Emily Reason, Becca Floyd, Rob Pulleyn, and Jane Renfroe.  If you are a potter living or working in Madison County and would like to join us, please let us know.

On this site you will find biographies, artist statements and photographs of our members and their work.  We will also post information about art, craft, and pottery events and goings-on in the Madison County area, including sales, demonstrations, or workshops hosted by our members and friends.

Potters of Madison County on the Mars Hill College Campus


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