Bandana Pottery is nestled into the mountain near Penland School of Craft and the Toe River. Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt first came to the area as students at Penland School of Craft over 20 years ago. Both come from a strong tradition of functional pottery. Michael apprenticed in Korea learning a technique for making large storage jars. The work at Bandana Pottery is collaborative. Both Michael and Naomi do all parts of the making, decorating, and firing process, but sometimes they’ll decorate something that the other person made. Their work ranges from functional tableware to large jars and sculptures.
When Naomi and Michael fell in love with the area, they also fell in love with the red clay which they dig and use in their pots. Their work is deeply influenced by this coarse, dark clay that they layer with light slips and ash glazes. Much of the studio life at Bandana Pottery is devoted to processing this clay and several other local and wild materials that are used in their slips and glazes. Naomi and Michael are drawn to these materials not only because of the way they connect them to their home, but also because of the way their unique and unrefined characteristics lead to new explorations and give voice to the pots.
The Bandana Pottery showroom is open to the public. The studio space has ample natural light to showcase the stations where work takes place. There is always a wide variety of work for visitors to browse and purchase.
Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, by appointment is encouraged.