SEAGROVE — The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to welcome a new artist-in-residence, Jared Ziegenbein.


Ziegenbein graduated in 2016 from Valdosta State University, with a BFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics. Previous ceramic experience includes production manager at Little River Studio in Hahira, Ga., and Valdosta State University Ceramic studio assistant. An Eagle Scout, Ziegenbein also has skills in knife making/bladesmithing, CAD/design and mechanical and metalwork/fabrication.


“As an artist and functional potter, I create utilitarian forms with a clean and simple aesthetic, utilizing the surfaces of the work to reflect an appreciation of Asian culture, ceramic tradition and natural pattern,” Ziegenbein said.


“Throughout the process of exploring modest forms and motifs, I apply my background and knowledge of engineering to create works that interact in complex constructions, which appear effortless and intuitive. I place great value on the usability of my work, therefore I design pieces that fit my aesthetic sensibilities and are a pleasure to use.


“I’m excited to experience the rich pottery culture and ceramics history in the surrounding area of central North Carolina. I believe that Seagrove is an outstanding example of such a blend of technical, cultural and artistic minds coming together for mutual benefit of all involved.”


Funding for the center’s artist-in-residence program comes from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, which is based in Arkansas.


“The center is pleased to have the support of the Windgate Charitable Foundation as we believe the center’s artist-in-residence program is providing those individuals selected to be residents with a valuable opportunity to enhance their respective bodies of work through interaction with the local community of potters while at the same time helping us better fulfill our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state,” said Lindsey Lambert, NCPC executive director.