Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Louisiana State University, MFA
University of Wales in Cardiff (U.K.) Post Grad Diploma
The Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA
Penland School of Crafts, Core Student
ARTT 019 Studio Practices in Ceramics
Neil Patterson has been making pots for forty years. Neil has a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Louisiana State University. He was a core student at Penland for two years and spent a year studying Ceramics at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education in Wales. He has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and teaches part-time at several local colleges. Together with his wife Sandi Pierantozzi Neil teaches workshops nationally; they maintain a studio in Philadelphia.
Neil’s work strives to show the vitality of clay, especially through the use of texture. Most of his forms are begun on the potters wheel and then altered (faceted, ridged, cut and re-assembled.) The white stoneware clay is completely vitreous and the colorful glazes are food safe. In his functional work Neil wants to make pots that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to use.