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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
United States


The central information hub for Michael Kline Pottery, a small one man shop of pottery making in the mountains of western North Carolina.

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Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

Pour Video

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Here’s a brief but exciting video of Jug pour-over wax resist magic. 

For Now, Both

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 One of the most difficult balances in my studio these days is whether to make work with porcelain inlay or my standard ware. The inlay takes a lot of a very specific focus and its evolution is very slow and time is a real consideration. The painted tableware is familiar and I fill up the table with thrown wares. It's actually a perfect counter to the slow pace and intense focus of the inlay. If I were to just make one or just the other I may not feel fulfilled, so I do both to feel balance.

display of pottery at the recent Spruce Pine Potters Market

This past weekend, though, I felt that I was doing the “body of work” a disservice by showing them together as you can see in this picture. So next time I may try to display them in a different way. I know it's hard to see my arrangement from the narrow view of this picture, but what do you think? ANY advice will be taken into consideration!


Thanks for your input!

The Cousins Are Coming

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founding cousins (l-r) Gholson, Henneke, Kline

It's hard to believe that in just two weeks my Cousins in Clay will be here unwrapping their pots for our Labor Day weekend pottery show. Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke will be arriving from their Seagrove, North Carolina home and pottery. Kyle Carpenter will be pulling into the drive with his converted trailer/camper from Asheville, NC, and Troy Bungart, all the way from Three Rivers, Michigan will have just wrapped up his workshop at the nearby Penland School of Crafts.

Together there will be hundreds of cups, bowls, pitchers, plates and platters of a seemingly infinite palette of glaze colors and pottery shapes.

Guest Cousin Troy Bungart, Three Rivers, Michigan
Guest Cousin Kyle Carpenter, Asheville, NC

Here is the schedule of events for the weekend at:

Michael Kline Pottery
4062 Snow Creek Rd
Bakersville, NC
September 1 & 2, 2018

Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm

FRESH WOODFIRED PIZZA and cold beverages.

2 pm demo by Kyle Carpenter
Sunday - 10 am - 5 pm

light refreshments

2 pm demo Troy Bungart

plenty of refreshments at Cousins in Clay

Whichford Wonder

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I loved watching this video again and thought, why not share it!

Painting Video--Rough Draft

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I'm loading my kiln today, but managed to have Lillian take some video of my brushwork. I think I need another take or two, but for now I thought it would be nice to share this with my readers as an advance rough-cut, and when I am finished firing I will put these together in a more polished version.

 I will be in Seagrove this coming weekend for the 10th Annual Cousins in Clay. More info on that show can be found here! I hope to see some of you who can make it.

Guillermo Cuellar

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Guillermo, me, Laurie Cuellar

It’s been an honor to show alongside Guillermo Cuellar at his studio during the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. Guillermo invited me to the 2016 tour and I showed for the last 3 years. Here is an excerpt from his statement that can be found on his website,

Clay is infinitely receptive and expressive; it records the character of the maker, the circumstances of making and the use given to it. In use our hands can sense every mark, every ridge and dent, left by the hands of the potter. Maybe that is why so many potters love to cook, it gives us an excuse to handle and appreciate these wonderful pieces.

Exquisite beauty can be found in pots made primarily for use. They may dwell more comfortably in a home, a kitchen, or the dinner table, than on display in a gallery or a museum. But to me their significance comes not only from the preparing and sharing of food but also from bringing that unique beauty into our daily lives.


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Ramen Photo Shoot

Michael Kline

ramen, utility
photo: Kyle Carpenter

I met up with Kyle Carpenter last week and we had an amazing ramen lunch at Gan Shan Station West! Kyle had the great idea to see if the chefs would use one of my bowls to serve the noodles. It was delicious, but before I took a bite, Kyle took a few pics, because that's how we do it.

photo: Kyle Carpenter

History of Ceramics

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Pre 2014 Sam Clarkson inlaid teapot and cup
Click the Tales of the Red Clay Rambler graphic below to listen!

Cori Sandler Slip Trailing

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Here's my friend Cori Sandler using a slip trailer to create a beautiful scrolling raised floral pattern. Enjoy.