Pine Cone Artist Statement

My ceramic work begins with forms found in nature. During days spent hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina and combing the beaches of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Bahamas, I collect from nature, treasures that continue to fascinate me for their form, beauty or unusual characteristics. These forms often cause me to take a second look, wanting to further explore their qualities and uniqueness. I treasure these gifts and begin to construct a "home" of sorts from slab so that the observer may enjoy the form as well as the dwelling in which they reside. Just as in nature, no two are alike. I am continually drawn to the elements of nature, the surprises and the ever changing qualities that exist. Time spent exploring the outside world transcends into my life, my studio and my work. It is responsible for my creative process in clay.




BS Degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Ceramic classes at Daytona Beach College, Daytona Beach, Florida
Ceramic classes at Penland School of Crafts, Penland North Carolina (2002- present)



July 2016 - Arts & Crafts Design Award Nominee
July 2014 Third Place in the Yadkin Arts Council's "Eye of the Artist"
Oct. 2011 Honorable Mention in Weaverville Art In Autumn
Oct. 2011 Honorable Mention in Bakersville Creekwalk Festival


Recent and Upcoming Shows


Sept. 2-3  "10 Friends in Their Element" TRAC upper gallery, Spruce Pine NC
Oct. 14-15 Spruce Pine Potters Market Cross Street Complex, Spruce Pine, NC


April 9- July 24 - "The Art of Native Plants" - Juried show at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum,
June3-5 - Toe River Studio Tour
Oct. 8-9 - Spruce Pine Potters Market


June 6-8 - Toe River Studio Tour Bakersville, NC (studio# 35)
July 5 - Art in the Park - Blowing Rock, NC
July 11 - August 29 - Eye of the Artist, Wellborn Gallery, Yadkin Cultural Art Center, Yadkinville, NC.
September 20 - Art in Autumn - Weaverville, NC
October 4 - Art in the Park - Blowing Rock, NC
October 11-12 - Spruce Pine Potters Market - Spruce Pine, NC

"Carolina's Got Art" - June 7-29, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
TRAC Studio Tours - June 7-9, Rabbit Hop Studio, Spruce Pine
Fine Art and Master Craft Festival, July 19-21 Banner Elk, NC
"Art in Autumn", September 21, Weaverville, NC
"Art in the Park" , October 5, Blowing Rock, NC
"Winter Show", December 8 - January 12, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
"Ornaments" - November 1- December 8th, Penland Focus Gallery - Penland School of Crafts
TRAC Studio Tours - Dec. 6-8, Karash Studio, Bakersville,NC



Art of Native Plants" BRAHM, Blowing Rock, NC
"Islands to Highlands" Avery arts Council, Linville, NC
"Artists New to Asheville" Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
"Containment III" Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
"WNC's Best" Riverside Gallery, Asheville, NC
"Carolina's Got Art" Elder Gallery, Charlotte,NC
"Winter Show" Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC


Galleries representing Valerie's work

Carlton Gallery, Banner Elk, NC
In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC (
Green Hill Center for the Arts, Greensboro, NC
Toe River Arts, Spruce Pine and Burnsville, NC
Taupe Gallery, North Wtilkesboro, NC
Ember Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
The Gallery at Flat Fock, Flat Rock , NC



Laurel of Asheville - June 2016 Featured Artist



Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Spruce Pine, NC
Mauzy Phillips Medical Center, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Spruce Pine, NC
Carpenters Union Building ("101 Constitution") Washington DC