ARROWMONT CRAFT CONVERSATIONS is a video series highlighting artists in the Arrowmont community. Each of the artists in this series offers insights into their work and their reflections on being a part of the Arrowmont community.
Today, we feature Buie Hancock – a potter and business owner. She has been a vital part of the arts and crafts community in Gatlinburg, and has taught classes and workshops at Arrowmont. Some of her formative memories are of joining her mother at Arrowmont as a child. Buie shares insights into her successful pottery business and her relationship with the community in this video. Click the image below or visit https://youtu.be/nOcWO27aQEA to watch.
Buie said, “I just love throwing. The rhythm of it…I make as much variety [of pottery] as I can. That helps me twofold: I can appeal to many, many more people than a conventional potter; and it’s kept me from burning out after 30-something years of making pottery.
That’s the way I grow. People come in and they challenge me to make this or that for them…I embrace that.
I always said, ‘I’d never be a Gatlinburg artist’… but here I am in Gatlinburg, a Gatlinburg artist, and I love it. I’ll never leave. I love this town, I love everything about Gatlinburg.”
Buie Hancock has been creating colorful, functional and decorative handmade pottery since 1982. She began throwing pottery at age 17 and has been having fun “slinging mud” ever since. She attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a BFA with honors in 1986. She started her own business and gallery, Buie Pottery, in September of 1986. She has been president of the historic Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community (the United States’ largest concentration of artisans and craftspeople since 1941), a member of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, and has served on various committees and councils for her city and community. buiepottery.com
Our partnership with Arrowmont faculty and community members has contributed to Arrowmont’s longevity, growth as a school of arts and crafts, and our reputation as an institution that welcomes everyone. The artists who appear in this series exemplify the characteristics that represent the School — they span generations and are among the most experienced, capable, and innovative in the arts and crafts world.
See more Arrowmont Craft Conversations at https://www.arrowmont.org/craft-conversations/.