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.

Ellington had started a pottery department at Catawba Community College, to ensure the regionalisms will be carried on…

Selected Works

Triple Stripe Rimmed Pitcher

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 7 1/2" tall
$95.- (GKE47)

Dazzling Glass Drip Urn

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

Two Handled Lantern Jug

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

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)

Four Handled Urn

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

Deep Chocolate Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 14 1/2" tall
$275.- (GKE07)

Slim Vase with Glass Drops

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 8" tall
$145.- (GKE14)

Two Handled Wave Pattern Jug

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 8 3/4" tall
$125.- (GKE19)