After the turkey has been carved up, the family gatherings have ended, and we’ve all changed into a pair of comfortable sweatpants, the Schaller Gallery crew takes time to take stock of the year and give thanks. To show our appreciation for the continued support of Schaller Gallery, each year we select a maker to have a show opening in coordination with Giving Tuesday. This year, we have asked Suze Lindsay to co-curate a show with us. Suze’s husband, Kent McLaughlin, succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2021. For those that knew Kent, his warm, caring, and humble demeanor made him a friend to all. As the service coordinator and facilities manager at Penland School of Crafts and from being a workshop instructor numerous times, Kent had a vast impact on the clay community. In 1996, Kent and Suze opened the doors to their studio Fork Mountain Pottery, which has been a staple of the Penland and Bakersville area ever since. Upon Kent’s passing in 2021, Suze and the Penland School of Crafts established the Kent McLaughlin Scholarship for Working Potters, which will be the benefactor of this year’s Giving Tuesday Show. To continue Kent’s legacy in clay, Schaller Gallery will be donating the proceeds of this Giving Tuesday Show to the Penland School of Craft Scholarship Fund in Kent’s name.
Kent McLaughlin Scholarship for Working Potters
This is a scholarship specifically for full-time makers to attend a Penland workshop and offset the cost of being away from their production studios via a weekly stipend. Through this experience in the Penland Studios, working potters are able to attend classes, develop new skills, study with other makers, research, and make connections to the larger clay community. Through the continued funding of this scholarship, we hope to add to the already $100,000 in funding that will ensure this scholarship continues into perpetuity. We would be honored to have you help us continue funding this scholarship in Kent’s honor. For more information please visit:
Participating makers include Cami Ascher, Dan Finnegan, Silvie Granatelli, Bill Griffith, Jason Hartsoe, Rick Hensley, Olivia Jensen, Bill Jones, Randy Johnston, Matt Krousey, Fletcher Larkin, Matt Metz, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Donna Polseno, Ellen Shankin, Chris Singewald, Joe Sindewald, David Swenson, Jason Trebs, Julie Wiggins, and Wendy Wrenn.