Ron Philbeck -Potter

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Hi and thanks for visiting my site.

I started making pots in 1992 after I returned to my home town of Shelby, NC.  I had just left after four years of college at North Carolina State University.  There I studied mathematics and horticulture.  Ha. Unlikely combo right?  My desire was always to go to ART school but I ended up at NCSU for four years and after that I figured it was too late to start all over.

Anyhow I got into pots after I came back from college and it’s a pretty long story, but maybe I’ll put it up here sometime soon.  For the most part I had LOTS of help from other really great potters, I took workshops and attended weekend pottery conferences.  I made lots of pots, really bad ones for quite some while, before I went full time in 1996.

I made salt glazed stoneware from 1996 till 2008.  My strongest influences are  potters from the Leach/Hamada lineage.  I want my pots to be used, function is very important me.

In 2008 I switched to earthenware for a number of reasons.  Propane costs were out the roof, my salt kiln was in need of repair and honestly I really wanted to try something totally different.  So I made new pots, developed a few slips and glazes and bought an electric kiln.  The biggest move was that I started decorating.  I had been drawing for years but it was a huge leap for me to actually put an image on a pot.  I have a blast coming up with new characters and patterns for p0ts.  It’s fun to see it develop and it’s also scary to be putting this side of me out there in the public forum.  I do feel that these pots are a reflection of who I am and where I am at this point in my life.  Folks love them too, which is a bonus.

So that’s it in a nutshell.  There are lots of little stories that go along in my journey, I’ll get them up here some time, or maybe in a post on the blog.

Thanks for stopping in.