Bruns-Joerling Studios

Artist Statement

Nicholas Joerling

I like  blue collar pots, that do the everyday work of carrying, containing, delivering, but at the same time "step out" and are active in the mind and imagination. I like pots that make good use of the constraints of utility and push against those boundaries too. Pots that entertain some dicey possibilities. In my own studio I hope for pots that have qualities of sensuality, empathy, humor and risk.


Artist Bio

Nick Joerling is a full-time studio potter who has maintained a studio in Penland, North Carolina since the mid-1980's. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Louisiana State University in 1986. He has taught in craft programs in the United States and abroad, been widely reviewed and exhibited, and is represented in public and private collections.






January 11 - 12, San Diego Potters Guild, San Diego, Ca., demo only, contact nan,


February 14 - 16, Cedar Lakes Craft Center, Ripley, W. Virginia, demo only, contact


March 14, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Il., demo only, contact David Bolton,, 847 543 2437


April 26 - 27, Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, NC., demo only, contact Tommiann,, 336 342 4261


June 22 - 27, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Cullowhee, NC., hands-on, team teaching with Suze Lindsey, contact, 828 342 6913


July 10 - 14, Sugar Maples Center, Windam, NY, hands-on, contact Susan Beecher,, 518 263 2073


October 23 - 26, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tn., hands-on, contact, 865 436 5860


November 3rd, Western NC Pottery Festival, Dillsboro, NC., demo only, contact Travis,, 828 507 3134





EXIBITIONS 2014 (partial listing)

January 11 - February 22, "Southern Hospitality", Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Md.

February 1 - May 18, "Cabin Fever Reliver", Pocosin Arts, Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

March 19 - 22, NCECA, 18 Hands Gallery, Milwaukee, Wi.

March 20 - April 26, Functional Ceramics Exhibition, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio.

May 16 - June 21, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado.

May 18 - 22, The American Regional Ikebana Conference, Asheville, NC.

June 1 - 30, Goodyear Gallery, Jekyll Island, Georgia.















Nicholas Joerling
1958 Penland Road
Penland NC 28765
828 765-5392

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