Check out this recent video of longtime Folk School instructor and Brasstown local Rob Withrow. The mini-feature was created by local photographer Nathan Baerreis for the “At Home With FLONC” series for First Lady Cooper.
Rob became passionate about clay in 1993, when he got an old wheel and kiln. He has since taken many classes at the Folk School and has received a great education in clay. Rob assisted in the operation of our Clay studio in the 1990s. He is a frequent instructor, and his classes are full of experimentation and humor. He has a studio at his home, where he built his own woodfire kiln, and he’s especially known for his face jugs and large, beautifully glazed pots.

Upcoming Folk School Class with Rob

Southern Woodfire

May 23–29, 2021

Experience the most exciting form of firing pottery and a classic in the south: woodfiring for flashing ash runs and glaze runs. Bring 30 cone-10 bisque pieces (vertical) to glaze and fire and if time permits, make a few vessels in the studio. Load the kiln, increase the temperature to 2400 degrees, and marvel at the results! Also enjoy a tour of a local pottery studio and gain information on how to build your own woodfire kiln. Students should be able to throw or handbuild vessels prior to class.

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Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.