Award-Winning Potter to Give Stellaccio Lecture

Ben Carter

March 23, 2017                                                               

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Award-winning studio potter Ben Carter will present a lecture April 11 at Illinois Wesleyan University as the Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artist. Carter’s lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in room 218 of the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Selected as the 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, Carter is a potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, Calif. He received his BFA in ceramics and painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida.

Ceramic Pitcher by Ben Carter 

Carter’s experience includes artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and the Ceramic Research Center in Guldagergaard in Denmark. 

From 2010 to 2012 Carter served as the education director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. Carter has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows.

In addition to his studio work, Carter is the creator and host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity and lifestyle. He is also the author of Mastering the Potter’s Wheel (Voyageur Press, 2016).

The Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artists Fund was created by Cherie (Egbers) Stellaccio ’66, a longtime vocal instructor at the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory, and her son, ceramic artist Anthony E. Stellaccio.