Naomi graduated from Earlham College, where she studied ceramics intensively with Mike Thiedeman. While taking a kiln building class at Penland, she met Michael, and their similar approaches to making pottery quickly inspired them to collaborate in making one body of work.
A former resident artist at the Penland School in NC, Michael Hunt continues to seek knowledge and inspiration. He met Mr Oh, a Korean Master Potter, at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, then apprenticed with him in a traditional Korean pottery for 6 months. Though he is continuously inspired by historical pottery from around the world, he only improves upon his own unique and organic style of making pots.
Michael and Naomi use low-tech ways of working. They use coarse, impure materials, and have been known to drive miles out of their way to gather a particular type of ash or clay. Their pots are made on a Korean-style Kick wheel, out of slabs, or using the Korean paddle & anvil technique. They use dark local clay and ash glazes on their wood fired wares that are rich with inherent variations. Their functional pottery bridges traditional with modern in unexpected ways, and honestly, they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
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