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: Statement of Purpose

Primary purpose: Pottery Lessons including but not limited to clay hand building, pottery wheel & sculpture.

This is a well lit purposefully designed studio that could accommodate up to 20 art students depending on the nature of the class. The kiln area is adjacent to the studio in a semi-open air environment.

Our kiln area will accommodate full production electric kilns and a Raku kiln.

Our teaching ceramic artists of note include:

  • John Pocopanni
    John Pocopanni Pottery Instructor
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    John is a certified instructor of art for Pre K – Junior College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Master of Art Education from the University of Montevallo. Both degrees allowed for the development and mastery of three primary disciplines: Ceramics, Photography/New Media and Oil Painting. In
    addition to his academic career John has accrued nearly 7 years of work experience in the field through various marketing and promotional companies and has had work featured in publications both in Alabama and nationally. In the classroom John aims to create an environment that is not only laid back
    and relaxed but also challenging, both creatively and personally, in the hope that each student gains a better understanding of their artistic capabilities as well as how themselves as individuals and artists can influence their work.

  • Nelson Grice
    Nelson Grice Pottery/Sculpture Instructor
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    Nelson earned a BFA and an M.Ed from the University of Montevallo and has recently retired from teaching art at Hoover High School. His professional career as a sculptor compliments his role as a teacher. Through hard work and his love for art, Nelson’s sculptures have continued to evolve and grow with each passing group of students. He sees the students as an inspiration. “Teenagers live in an imaginary world,” he says, “and it’s that imagination that inspires me”. Nelson is known for his whimsical and entertaining animal sculptures and paintings. He has had multiple corporate and museum purchases. In 2021 Nelson debuted his sculpture, County Seat,  in the Old Mill Square park in Columbiana, AL. The piece was cast in the foundry of the Shelby County Arts Center and features a mill stone that was unearthed during the site prep while constructing the Arts Center. Nelson now teaches classes and workshops for the SCAC while working on commissions in his home studio. 

     

  • Nita Terrell
    Nita Terrell Pottery Instructor
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    Nita Terrell is a graduate of the University of Montevallo where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree. She currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama, with her husband David and son Eli.

    Nita started working again in ceramics in 2009.  She finds joy in creating functional pieces that become a part of someone’s everyday-life or special occasion’s pieces. Much of her work is created by incorporating and combining both wheel-thrown and hand-building components to create subtle but basic design.  All of her unique ceramic pieces are food-safe, lead free, microwave and dishwasher safe, yet maintain her signature designs that have simplistic yet elegant lines.  She started teaching ceramics in 2012 to children and adults, and today continues to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of ceramics. Through teaching these classes she has evolved as an artist and is constantly changing and improving her ceramic process.

     

  • Candye Lundy
    Candye Lundy Pottery Instructor
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    Candye Lundy is a beginning hand-building pottery instructor for the SCAC.  She specializes in creating large serving vessels and functional pottery pieces.  Under Candye’s guidance you will learn the basics of utilizing clay to create functional art. Candye lives with her husband, Don, at the tranquil Horsefeathers Farm.  She has a background in interior design.

  • Sandra Annonio
    Sandra Annonio Business Manager
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    Sandra Annonio has lived in Shelby County since 2001.  She and her husband Bill relocated to Alabama from South Florida after purchasing a staffing agency in downtown Birmingham. As a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Marketing, Sandra joined the team part-time working in marketing/administrative office assistance to build awareness of the SCAC.  She currently is the SCAC Business manager.  In addition, she has taken many, many hours of pottery classes and sells her items through local art show.  She is a partner in County Road Raku Pottery which specializes in Horse Hair Raku pottery. She has two daughters, Jessica and Amanda.  Sandra is a member of the Symphony Volunteers Council, the Vignette Club of Columbiana and the SCAC Pottery Collective.

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