The Village Potters launch independent study and mentoring program

Local collective The Village Potters announces a new program, beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, aimed at providing affordable and non-traditional learning experiences.

Press release from The Village Potters:

The Village Potters Teaching Center is expanding and launching a new Independent Study and Mentoring Program (IS/M Program) on Nov 1st. The IS/M Program is designed to offer an affordable, non-traditional/highly relational learning experience that inspires and nurtures the emerging potter.

The IS/M Program includes a fully equipped, 2000sq ft pottery studio with up to four different firing techniques offered. Students will dedicate a minimum of 1 year, working with a variety of personal mentors to develop a custom program designed for their unique goals and plans. Scheduled workshops with Village Potters founder Sarah Wells Rolland, The Village Potters’ Teaching Staff, and a highly creative and diversely experienced adjunct faculty will be offered bi-monthly. Students will receive instruction and guidance in technical skills, studio design and set up, and arts-related business development. The Village Potters’ non-traditional Teaching Center will make it possible for emerging potters with jobs, children and other unique circumstances to live out their artistic dreams.

Once accepted, students may have the option to complete up to two years of participation in the IS/M Program. The Village Potters believes that within that two year period, most participating potters will have honed skills and developed a unique body of work that will perpare them to launch into even more creative clay pursuits.

Artists interested in learning more about the IS/M Program may inquire via email at

The Village Potters are Sarah Wells Rolland, Judi Harwood, Melanie Robertson, Lori Theriault, Karen Dubois, and Dearing Davis. They comprise an intentional Collective of potters who share a commitment to nurturing each other’s success. They have a fully equipped Pottery housing each of their working professional studios, and The Village Potters includes three showrooms exhibiting and selling their fine, contemporary ceramic art. The Village Potters Teaching Center offers ongoing classes for beginning and intermediate adults, and offers scheduled demonstration and hands-on workshops.

The Village Potters is located in Riverview Station, in Asheville’s Historic River Arts District at 191 Lyman Street, #180.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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