Inspired by the North Carolina mountains and local pottery traditions, potter and author Rodney Leftwich has researched, collected, and designed pottery to reflect his home region for decades. After he fell in love with historic pottery, his method of documentation—saving that history—was to not only write about the technique but also learn to duplicate it in his own work.
Visitors will discover a wide selection of high-fired durable folk and art pottery in his studio. His favorite and most unique style is reticulated or cut-out works with designs inspired by the beautiful area that surrounds him, such as wildlife, waterfalls, farms, and mountain folk. These pieces often feature earth-toned glazes created from locally dug minerals and wood ash. Another of his hallmark pottery forms is the face jug, another Southern tradition that the artist has continued.
In addition to folk figures and face jugs, Rodney Leftwich works in another style, cameo, which resembles English Wedgwood or Jasperware. He creates painted scenes in porcelain free-hand, rather than using molds.
As a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the American Art Pottery Association, his pottery is widely collected and in numerous museums and private collections. His book on Pisgah Forest Pottery and Walter B. Stephens is the principal source for learning about the historic local pottery.
You’ll find his rustic studio nestled in the woods just off Highway 280 between Brevard and Hendersonville. It is renovated from an early barn and his home is nearby – a former church originally built in 1910.