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MCFARLING, LINDA
MCFARLING, LINDA
NORTH CAROLINA

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My aim as a functional potter is making pots that honor the rich traditions of the past, while hopefully adding to them. I am currently working with several different clay bodies, fired in a Salt-Soda kiln. I Restrict myself to only a few slips and glazes. I find myself very inspired as well as challenged working within these confines. It allows me an intimacy and interaction throughout the whole process.

My primary interest has always been in form. I want my work to show a strength and freshness from the making throughout the firing. I prefer to work in a style that lets one pot tell me what to do with the next. Each kiln load, while yielding exciting new pots, also gives me invaluable information for further refinement. Slow, steady. Always evolving.

My whole purpose in making pots is to share the joy I derive from this incredible creative process with the user.


EDUCATION:
1978
Wesleyan College, Macon Ga.
BFA Degree in Painting

1972-1975
Mercer University, Macon Ga.

TEACHING:
Penland School of Crafts
Arrowmont School of Crafts
Clay Art Center
Georgia State University
Highwater Clay Center
Hinkley Pottery
Glenn Echo Pottery
Roswell Art Center

WORKSHOPS:
1996
John Leach
Pete Pinnell
1994
Ruggles & Rankin: Penland School Of Art Spring Concentration Session.
1991
Linda Christianson: Penland School Of Arts Fall Concentration Session
1990
Linda Arbuckle
1987
Tom Coleman
1984
Warren McKenzie

EXHIBITIONS & JURIED SHOW
2010
American Master, Mudfire Gallery. Atlanta, GA.
Worcester Cup Inivitational. Worcester, MA.
Liquid Measure Invitational, Main St. Art Center. Edwardville, IL.
1895 Years of Pottery, B Square Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.
Pots and Pottery. Philadelphia, PA.
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA.
Empty Bowls Invitational, Blue Spiral 1. Asheville, NC.
Worcester Bowl Invitational. Worcester, MA.
2009
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA.
Wood Fire Invitational, Blue Spiral 1. Asheville, NC.
Penland Benefit Auction, Penland School of Crafts. Penland, NC.
Put A Handle On It, Mudfire Gallery. Atlanta, GA.
2008
Southern Exposure, Rye Center. Rye, NY.
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA.
American Master, Mudfire Gallery. Decatur, GA.
Inviting the Stars, Augusta State University. Augusta, GA.
Penland Benefit Auction. Penland, NC.
The Art of Dining, Worcester Center. Worcester, MA.
Sip, Slurp & Gulp, Santa Fe Clay. Santa Fe, NM.
A Colloquy of Cups, Design Gallery. Burnsville, NC.
2007
“The Firm; Inspiration and Evolution". NCECA Louisville, KY.
Teapot Invitational. Penland Gallery Penland, NC.
“90” Teapots that Pour, Xen Gallery St. Louis, MO
“Drink It In”, Worchester Center For Crafts Worchester, MA
“20 X 20” Vision, Design Gallery Burnsville, NC
2006
Strictly Functional Pottery Nat’l. Ephrata, PA.
"Soda Chicks”, Terra Incognito Oak Park, Ill.
Functional Invitational, Washington St. Gallery West Virginia
"La Mesa”, Santa Fe Clay NCECA Portland. Ore.
“Spotlight 2006”, Kentucky Art Museum Louisville, KY.
“The Simple Cup”, Seward Pk. Clay Studio Seattle, WA.
"Style and Function”, National Clay Invitational. Blue Spiral 1 Asheville, NC.
Penland Benefit Auction. Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC.
2005
“Gas It Up”, Salt, Soda, Slip NCECA. The Potters Guild Baltimore, MD.
Strictly Functional Pottery Nat’l. Ephrata, PA.
“La Mesa”, Santa Fe Clay NCECA. Baltimore, MD.
“Endless Variations”, Shino Review NCECA. Baltimore, MD.
Going to Pot, N.C. Pottery Center Seagrove, NC.
Woodfired Invitional, Blue Spiral I Gallery Asheville, NC.
“Soda Chicks” Solo Exhibit. Clay Art Center Port Chester, NY.
2004
Southern Pitchers. Southern Pottery Gallery Colombia, SC
At Your Service. Kreeger Gallery Truro, MA.
Southern Cups. Southern Pottery Center Columbia, SC
Functional Ceramics Invitational. Blue Spiral 1 Asheville, NC
Working Potters: Mentors and Colleagues. Birke Art Gallery Marshall Univ. Huntington, WVA.
Women in Clay. Odyssey Gallery Asheville, NC
Potters & Mentors. American Folk Art Gallery Asheville, NC
This Splendid Table. Kentucky Art Museum Louisville, KY
Duets. Kentucky Art Museum Louisville, KY
Asheville In Atlanta. Mudfire Pottery Center Atlanta, GA
2003
ACC Spotlight 2003. Blue Spiral I Asheville, NC
Pots In The Kitchen. Vancouver, BC. Derbyshire, UK
Strictly Functional Pottery National. Ephrata, PA
25 Potters X 5 Pots. AKAR Gallery Iowa City. IA
Functional Pottery Invitational. Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, NM
Potters Of GA. & NC. Bascpm-Louise Gallery Highland. NC
At Your Service 2003. Kreeger Pottery & Gallery Harwich Port, MA
Hundreds Of Cups. Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, NM
100 Teapots. Baltimore Clayworks Baltimore, MD
2002
Hot Ice III Pitchers & Teapots. Blue Spiral I Asheville, NC
Stoneware Rituals For Daily Use. Red Star Studios NCECA Clay Conference. Kansas City, Kansas
Pots Presented. Baltimore Clay Works Baltimore, MD
2001
Objects For Use: Handmade By Design. American Craft Museum New York, New York
National Clay Invitational. Blue Spiral I Asheville, NC
2001 Pottery Exhibition. Bascom-Louise Gallery Highlands, NC
Salt & Ash. Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, NW
Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, NC
From Shoulder to Foot. Quinlan Visual Arts Center Gainesville, GA
9th Strictly Functional. Lancaster Museum Of Art Lancaster, PA
Teapot Invitational. Carolina Clay Charlotte, NC
NC Clay, Past & Present. NC Pottery Center Seagrove, NC
Clay & Community Of Penland / NCECA. Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC
2000
8th Strictly Functional Pottery National. Lancaster Museum Of Art Lancaster, PA
Handles & Spouts: Tea Pots by Contemporary Southern Artists. Swan Coach House Gallery Atlanta, GA
“Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt” Invitational. Ohio Craft Museum Colombus, OH
1999
Cedar Creek Teapot Invitational. Creedmoor, NC
Wood, Salt, Soda Invitational. Artists And Their Influences”, Odyssey Center Asheville, NC
Smithsonian Craft Show. Washington, DC
“Southeastern Clay Invitational”. Blue Spiral Gallery Asheville, NC
“Salt And Soda”. Lill Street Gallery Chicago, Ill.

GALLERIES:
Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
Red Starr Studios, Kansas City, MO.
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
Heartwood, Saluda, NC
Southern Highlands Crafts Guild, Asheville, NC
Piedmont Craftsman Guild, Winston Salem, NC