Charlie Tefft Description
I grew up in Columbia, MD where I learned to create pots on the wheel at the age of thirteen. Although this was not my first experience with clay, its effect was profound.
I continued to make pots in a school environment until I graduated in 1997 with a BFA from Guilford College. After graduating, I moved to Atlanta, GA and began making pots full time.
During those two years in Atlanta, I had work published in two books, was accepted to various exhibitions, and received a Purchase Award from Skutt Kilns for my piece, Dancing Teapot. My work has also been published in Ceramic Monthly.
Currently, I am back in Greensboro, NC teaching at Guilford College, making pots, and exhibiting.
My last semester in college I had an idea to make a teapot that reflected the feeling of a woman wearing a long flowing dress turning about...spinning with that dress floating off the ground, rippling. It took me a few months to find a way to capture that motion in the clay. Its creation was a breakthough for the way I would approach making pots. Looking to the outside world for inspiration in form and surface.
Most of my pieces are thrown on a potters wheel then cut, squeezed or pushed into a new shape. This process is called altering and allows me to capture a sense of motion in the pots.