vera_bioVera was born in Monroe, NC and grew up on a small farm. She attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Bowman Grey School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.   She practiced as a pediatric anesthesiologist in Atlanta, on the faculty of Emory University Egleston Children’s Hospital and at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

In 2001, Vera and her husband Jim moved back to North Carolina . After years of fascination with clay and hand thrown pottery, she decided to pursue her own future in clay.

From 2001-2005, Vera traveled throughout the world as a volunteer physician providing anesthesia to children in developing countries such as Burma, Vietnam, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Nepal, and Tibet. Travel since then to Bhutan, New Zealand, Thailand, Europe, Australia, Russia, Argentina and Chile allowed her to appreciate so many different people & cultures, different value systems, an abundance of varied artistic styles, philosophies, historical traditions along with new shapes and creative uses that have all been amalgamated to help develop her own style in the pottery that she creates.

While she is curious with varying shapes, vessels, forms and textures, her pottery can thought of as having a common characteristic: that of fulfilling a purpose both functionally and spiritually. She wants her pieces to be used and enjoyed.

Vera has attended extended workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has studied under Ah Leon, Judith Duff, Malcolm Davis, Brad Tucker, Cynthia Bringle, Sylvie Granatelli and Ellen Shankin.

When she is not throwing pottery, Vera travels,  cooks, farms, knits, makes jewelry, and most importantly, is  Mom to her  beloved Sheltie Beau (the two work together as a therapy dog team). She cherishes most her joyous and abundant life with Jim—her soulmate, her  husband, and her lifelong companion.

Artist Statement

In most of our lives, I believe we search for ways to connect…….to each other, to our inner selves in our search for purpose and for joy, and to the world we live in. I hope that pieces I have created with care and which serve you in your daily life will add a richness to your life and increase your sense of connection with those who share your bowls and share your lives. In a fast and disposable world, sometimes the nourishment derived from a bowl or a cup made by hand far exceeds the physical contents of the vessel.

The pieces I make are meant to be handled, to be used. Hopefully, they feel both simple and comfortable and aesthetically pleasing….sometimes even fun!  The habits, customs and beliefs of other cultures have influenced the vessels I make along with our own rich pottery traditions from America and especially North Carolina. Most of the styles I love have been thrown by potters for centuries. To see their similarities and their differences is always fascinating. To incorporate them into your own work is always challenging, but infinitely rewarding.

In the end, I do what I guess all potters do: I look at each pot as it emerges from the kiln and immediately start planning on how and where to tweak it, to improve it. And each time, I am sure that the NEXT pot will be the best one I can make. I do this every day, and still I love it.