Ann Gleason
   
Ann Gleason
Ann Gleason had been a potter and clay artist for over 30 years. She has had a studio in Tryon, NC since the mid-1980’s producing wheel-thrown functional stone wares and one-of-a-kind sculptural works. Though she has always taught pottery workshops and classes at art centers and schools, in recent years she has taught ceramics as an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts program of Greenville Technical College in Greer, SC., Converse College and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Gleason attended college as an art student at SUNY Potsdam, NY, worked in NYC and continued her pottery in a studio there, then got her graduate degree (MFA) in ceramics in 1982 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“My functional work is largely thrown on the wheel,” says Gleason. “It was my bread and butter income for many years. Though I don’t produce as many of these pots as I once did, I have never grown tired of reinventing new ways to make good pots. New design, glazes, forms and firing methods have evolved over the years. There is an inexhaustible supply of possibilities to work with that will always keep things exciting for me. My wheel-work has changed a lot over the years and will continue to do so. The sculptural work first evolved out of a private and creative need and has grown from there. I am concerned with the richness of the Appalachian culture and how it derives from and interweaves with the natural world, visually, musically or in written and oral traditions of story telling and writing.”