An iconic figure in the ceramics field, North Carolina potter Cynthia Bringle has been making functional stoneware in her Penland studio for over 40 years. She has taught numerous classes and workshops across the country. A fellow of the American Craft Council and recipient of the North Carolina Award for Fine Art, Bringle's work can be found in many collections, including the Mint Museum of Craft + Design and the High Museum of Art.
North Carolina studio potter Julie Wiggins uses an inlay surface technique to enhance her porcelain forms, drawing each image by hand. She has received three Regional Artist Project Grants from the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, and her work has been featured at the American Craft Council, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, and several national conferences and exhibitions, including NCECA and AKAR Gallery.
Wisconsin artist Mark Skudlarek has been wood firing functional pottery for nearly 30 years. In 1981, he traveled to France to work in LaBorne, where he learned traditional wood-firing techniques. He later apprenticed with Todd Piker at Cornwall Bridge Pottery in Connecticut before opening his own studio—Cambridge Wood Fired Pottery—in 1989. Most of his work is sold through his own showroom.