Bruce Gholson - Seagrove, North Carolina

Bruce Gholson in the studio finishing his Covered Jar series. North Carolina POttery has A long history in the Seagrove. Pottery Community

I create functional and decorative ceramics throwing with a variety of clays and developing unique glaze formulas. I find changing between porcelain, stoneware, and red clays, stimulates ideas and possibilities for continued exploration in my work. 

As a child my formative years were in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  My fondest memories are of fishing with my dad and flipping stones over by the ponds to see the creatures that lived underneath.... usually beetles, centipedes, scorpions, lizards and snakes.

 I started making pots in 1973 after my first exposure to clay in my hometown’s college ceramics facility at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. I moved to Athens, Georgia and received my BFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia in 1978.  I then worked at Berea College’s Clay program in Berea, Kentucky for three years as the graduate apprentice, making pots, managing the materials inventory, firing schedules, and studio maintenance. I lived in Floyd, Virginia where I worked as a professional studio potter for 14 years.  Going back to school I received my M.F.A. in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997

three Crystalline Flasks with cork and Finial, Bruce Gholson, Bulldog POttery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Below are samples of my ceramic work made in our pottery studio.

To see a full range of my work visit Bruce Gholson's Gallery of images. 


Some of my favorite things to do when I am not in the studio making pottery.