The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space currently features pottery by David and Diana Eller of Grayrock Pottery in Hiddenite. The exhibit is on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.
According to their website, “Grayrock Pottery” was born from a passion for the process of creating pottery with an end result that maintains the integrity of the art of pot making. Their pottery is designed and created individually by hand and by using a potter’s wheel. All of their creations come with their own characteristics ranging from variations in glazes, personal marks of the potter, to a wide array of shapes and sizes. Some pieces reflect their love of early NC potters, while other pieces encapsulate a more contemporary look conducive of today’s design trends”
David and Diana Eller bought a house in the country after retirement to do what most people dream of…pursuing something too long delayed. He, after a long career in the sheet metal industry, and she, as an educator and most recently an elementary school principal; decided it was time. Their early recollections of love for pottery began with David’s purchase of some Burlon Craig traditional Catawba Valley area pottery. Diana’s interest in the arts has a wide media sweep, but for now she primarily works on wheel thrown pottery, and David excels in slab work. Both will weld a brush for painterly application of decorative glazes. They both are committed to producing functional pottery. Their shop is a large factory-built utility shed which they custom upfitted into a working studio and charming showroom and sales area.
The end result was the beginning of Grayrock Pottery in Hiddenite, NC. Their work can be seen in galleries and shops across the region and by visiting www.grayrockpottery.com.