About Kim

Kim Ellington (b. 1954) is a Catawba Valley potter known for his rich alkaline glazed, wood-fired stoneware. Ellington makes his home in the community of Vale, North Carolina, where the use of local clays, ash glaze and groundhog kilns began in the early 19th century and continues through his work today. His adaptation of and proficiency in these time-honored techniques has resulted in his pottery being represented in museums, private collections and ceramic exhibitions throughout the country.


  • Museum of International Folk Art, Sante Fe, New Mexico
  • Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina
  • Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, California
  • The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, North Carolina
  • Visual Arts Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York


  • February 1998 “In My Own Backyard” Ceramics Monthly
  • June 2000 “Checking For Clay” Studio Potter



  • 'Valley Ablaze:  Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley', Jason Harpe and Brian Dedmond.  Goose Pen Studio & Press, Conover, North Carolina, 2012.
  • 'The Individual and Tradition, Folkloristic Perspectives', Edited by Ray Cashman, Tom Mould and Pravina Shukla.  Folklore Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2011.
  • 'The Living Tradition - North Carolina Potters Speak', Michelle Francis and Charles "Terry" Zug III.  Goose Pen Studio and Press, Conover, North Carolina, 2009.
  • 'The Potter's Eye:  Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery', Nancy Sweezy and Mark Hewitt, university of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005.
  • 'North Carolina Pottery, The Collection of the Mint Museum', Barbara Stone Perry, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 2005.
  • 'The Kiln Book, Third Edition', Frederick L. Olsen, Krause Publications, 2001.
  • 'Catawba Clay, Contemporary Southern Face Jug Makers', Barry G. Huffman, Huffman Publishing, 1997.

Video Documentary:

  • 'Pottery Revival in the Catawba Valley' University of North Carolina Television, Folkways, 1998
Kim Ellington