Kim Ellington

Kim Ellington

Kim Ellington follows a 200 year old tradition by making the time-honored ceramic wares of Catawba Valley, NC. He digs his own clay to create traditional pottery forms ranging from bean pots to pitchers to vases. Also true to the tradition, he mixes wood ash, slop and glass for form the runny alkaline glaze typical of the region. Finally, he fires his work in a traditional wood-fired ground hog kiln identical to those used in the early days of the Catawba Valley pottery tradition.

Unlike other contemporary folk potters, Ellington has veered away from figurative work and face jugs. His preference is to eschew most surface decoration and allow the rich amber and chocolate glazes play over the surfaces of his classically beautiful forms, discriminately adding a wavy line or a glass run, and expecting the ash from the fire box to enrich his pieces with glittering specks of gold. In this way, his work is reminiscent of the turn of the century potter, Daniel Siegel. He studied at Clay at Haywood Community College, and he was the first ‘young’ potter to apprentice with the esteemed Catawba potter Byrlon Craig. Passing on not only his techniques but also maps of where certain veins of clay and other native materials were located.

A few years ago, Ellington spearheaded a pottery department at Catawba Community College, to ensure the regionalisms will be carried on…

Selected Works

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Drizzle of Iron Lidded Quart Jar

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 7 1/2" Tall
$125.- (KE146)

Soulful Gourd

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware, First of Kim's series of Sculptural forms
size: 20 1/2" Tall
$825.- (KE150)

Waterfall 2 handled 1 Qt Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 6 1/4" Tall
$90.- (KE149)

Banded Pitcher With Lid

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 9" Tall
$135.- (GKE71)

Gorgeous Golden Brown Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 13" tall
$575.- (GKE67)

Pitcher with Glass Runs

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Fuctional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 9" tall
$145.- (GKE54)

Shades of Earth Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Fuctional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 9" Tall
$140.- (GKE85)

Cascades of Caramel Glaze, 1 Qt. Lidded Jar

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 7" Tall
$115.- (KE144)

Molten Chocolate Two Handle Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 8" Tall
$115.- (GKE76)

Two Handled Lantern Jug

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 21" tall
$950.- (GKE37)

Gallon Pitcher with Squiggles

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 9" Tall
$145.- (GKE79)

Gorgeous Generous Bowl

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 7" Tall X 13" Across
$300.- (GKE87)

Statuesque Pitcher

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Fuctional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 14" tall
$325.- (GKE53)

Presentation Platter

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 13 1/2 " across, 3 1/2" deep --very generous size
$300.- (GKE84)

Two Handled Urn

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 9 3/4"
$225.- (GKE62)

Ripple Decorated Pitcher

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Fuctional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 7" Tall
$120.- (GKE64)

Ruffled Deep Quiche Dish

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional, Oven, Microwave and Dishwasher safe.
size: 11" in diameter
$165.- (GKE36)

Moonshine Jug

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 8" Tall
$120.- (GKE76)

Fifty Shades of Earth

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 10" Tall
$200.- (GKE80)

Foot Hills Silhouette Jar

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 12" Tall
$325.- (GKE88)

Dazzling Glass Drip Urn

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 13 1/2" tall
$750.- (GKE38)

Four Handled Urn

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 14" tall
$575.- (GKE27)

Classic Catawba Jar

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 13"
$600.- (GKE58)

Catawba Ice Tea Pitcher

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Fuctional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 8 1/2" Tall
$145.- (GKE63)

Voluptuous Caramel Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 13 1/8" Tall
$300.- (GKE81)

Simple but Elegant

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 7" Tall
$125.- (GKE83)