STARworks Clay Studio is a shared work space for resident and visiting ceramic artists, and STARworks production staff. It also acts as a studio for ceramic workshops of all skill levels. Our facilities allow for large work spaces placed side by side, supporting a collaborative and energetic educational environment. The space allows for six or seven generous studios at one time for residents, production staff and visiting artists, which serves to inspire a creative studio atmosphere and perpetuate an elevated commitment to ceramic craft and art. Our studio is carved out of a larger factory floor, which allows artists to construct customizable studio spaces with plenty of room to work.
STARworks is located minutes away from Seagrove, one of the largest pottery communities in the United States. This allows resident and visiting artists to meet, learn and work together with some of the nation's most renowned ceramic artists, including wood-fire artists. The Seagrove area is home to more than 30 wood kilns in production. More than 100 working artists live and work in Seagrove, creating an interwoven community of clay. Our involvement with the community allows us to facilitate a connection between our residents and local artists in order to encourage an exchange for educational, professional and studio practice development. Seagrove is uniquely robust in the engagement and sustainability of ceramic artists, making it an incredible opportunity for our residents.
Erin Younge is the STARworks Clay Studio director. She received an MFA in Ceramics at East Carolina University and a BFA in Sculpture at the UNC Greensboro. Her childhood memories of practicing Judeo-Christian ceremonies and rituals inspires branching themes of ceramic work that express a reverence for religious objects and adornment. She has taught workshops and shown nationally throughout the US. Currently she is a co-organizer of Wood Fire NC, an international conference held at STARworks, and a board member of the Seagrove Area Potters Association in Seagrove, NC. For more information, visit www.ErinYounge.wixsite.com.
Bill Jones is a part-time production potter in the STARworks Clay Studio. He grew up in PA and studied architecture and design at Lehigh University and the University of Michigan. After beginning his ceramic studies at Penland School of Craft, Bill went on to do a two-year apprenticeship with potter and sculptor, Daniel Johnston, in Seagrove, NC. To learn more, visit www.BillJonesPottery.com.