Caroline Cercone

Caroline Cercone

A native of Germany, Caroline studied the Japanese Folk Crafts Movement and the folk pottery of Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach while earning her Masters degree in Japanese Studies from Philipps University.

Though she had not yet begun any ceramics work herself, Caroline’s studies would bring her to Japan to observe the culture and crafts in person. It was there that she developed a strong desire to produce functional pottery for everyday use. Simplicity of form and the practicality of handcrafted folk objects had always been a part of her childhood home and this joyful, functional spirit still remains vibrant in her studio work today.

Back in the States, she was drawn to The Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina. For a time, Caroline worked as studio assistant to McKenzie Smith – a resident instructor at the school. She also studied with Will Ruggles & Douglass Rankin. All share an interest in the same Japanese traditions and masters.

Caroline uses a treadle wheel, which allows her more control over the turning speed and means she can put more of her energy and expression into each handsome piece she creates.

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Selected Works

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Carved Bowl

Tennessee clay, gas-fired stoneware. Functional.
size: Approx. Size 5 3/8 X 3 1/2"
$85.- (CC750)