Brad Tucker began making pots in 1977 when his friend (and future wife) enrolled him in a pottery class as a birthday gift. He took to clay very quickly and soon was spending all his spare time at the studio. His passion for pots led him to quit his job with the Department of Public Instruction and enroll in the pottery program at Montgomery Community College. After graduating, Brad came to Cedar Creek to serve as an apprentice to Sid and Pat Oakley. The work was challenging and intense, but he really felt like he had found a home. He liked the Cedar Creek community so well that when his apprenticeship was over he decided to stick around and established his own studio there in 1981. Now, 25 years later, he continues to make his finely crafted stoneware as an artist in residence. Brad blends traditional influences with contemporary sensibilities to produce graceful yet sturdy pots of lasting beauty and utility. All his work is made to be used in the home and includes a wide range of items for cooking, serving or display.
His trademark wood ash glazes yield rich and varied surfaces that enhance the shapes and compliment almost any decor. The colors range from earth tones to soft blues and all the glazes harmonize very nicely with each other.
Brad's work has been featured in a number of books and magazines and he has exhibited widely, most recently at the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem and the Campbell House Gallery in Southern Pines. His work can be seen in several permanent collections including the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Pottery Center, and The American Ceramic Society. He is an exhibiting member of both the Carolina Designer Craftsmen and the Piedmont Craftsmen.
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