Martha Cooper, master potter, graduated from Stetson University in 1972 with an Art degree. Her influences date back to her childhood in the Ohio River Valley where potteries like Rookwood and Roseville popularized multicolor pottery with floral decorations and pastel matte finishes. After producing pottery for several potteries in the piedmont of North Carolina, she opened her own gallery, Cooper Mays, in 1985 on the banks of the Haw River in Pittsboro, NC.
Nathan has been around pottery his entire life and made pots at his mother's studio since he was a toddler. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1993 and began his career apprenticing with master potters - including Ed Weintraub of Chapel Hill, Bill Stewart in Waxhaw, NC and Tom Gilsillan of Whitefish Pottery and Stillwater Gallery in Whitefish, MT where Nathan's work is displayed. His tableware, face jugs and ceramic drums have been featured at Liquidamber Gallery in Pittsboro, NC and at Village Craftsmen Gallery of Ocracoke, NC.
Traveling abroad, he taught pottery courses at the University of Costa Rica where he shared his fascination and techniques in folk art pottery.
Their styles, though different, complement each other. One can peruse the Gallery at Mays Pottery and find something for just about any taste.
Representing over 50 years in the craft, Martha focuses on functional tabletop pieces and handmade dinnerware in porcelain and stoneware. Nathan also produces dinnerware but offers whimsical face jugs and ceramic drums. Their experience in the world of clay is undoubtedly the mark of excellent craftsmanship in Carolina pottery tradition. Come visit them on your next trip to North Carolina.
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