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Jason Hartsoe

Jason Hartsoe was raised in the Catawba River Valley of North Carolina, a place renowned for it’s lasting pottery tradition.  Yet he wasn’t formally introduced to clay until just six years ago while living in Japan.  There he worked and wood fired with Meiko Sagasaki and Richard Truckle in Tokoname. He then left for England where he had the great privilege to work with Ray Finch at Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucester.   Winchcombe was a remainder of the small craft production potteries of England and working in an atmosphere of heavy production influenced him greatly.  There he met Dan Finnegan whom he assisted for nearly three years in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dan continued to educate him on traditional English forms, slipware and wood-firing.  This summer Jason finished a 2 1/2 year apprenticeship with Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish at Bandana Pottery in Bakersville, NC.  There he learned how to use local clays and materials and how to slow down and respect the most essential parts of the process that makes a good hand made pot.  He hopes his work can continue the traditions which he has been so fortunate to learn from.

Bill Jones

Bill Jones is a potter in Greensboro, North Carolina. His work is functional with a focus on strong, simple forms and gestural mark-making.

Bill grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and went to college and eventually graduate school to study architecture. In 2011, seeking a change of course and a more intimate interaction with material, Bill found his way to clay. Heading south to North Carolina, Bill studied at Penland School of Crafts and eventually found his way to Seagrove to apprentice with sculptor and potter, Daniel Johnston. Since then he has been a resident artist at STARworks Ceramics and has continued working there as a production artist.

Steve Théberge


Steve Théberge is a potter from western Massachusetts. He makes stoneware pots intended for daily service on the table, shelf, or altar. In addition to his studio practice he currently co-coordinates Apprenticelines: The New Apprenticeship Project in Studio Ceramics. From 1998-2000 he apprenticed to Mark Shapiro at Stonepool Pottery. Following a degree in Anthropology and years as an activist in New York City, he spent 2008-2013 training in Zen Buddhist monasteries in the United States and Japan. He was recently a Short Term Resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center and an Artist in Residence at STARWorks Ceramics in Star, North Carolina. He lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts.  


All three of us have been using local North Carolina clay that is processed in Star, NC by STARworks Ceramics. Many thanks to Takuro Shibata, Adam Wiley, Jamie Carter and Ben Goss for producing some amazing clays.

Also check out STARworks Clay Studio for residency and class opportunities. Special thanks to Erin Younge for running such a great studio.