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While maintaining a strong connection to the folk tradition of craft, Rob and Beth strive to bridge the gap between heritage and contemporary design.
Nestled into the Blue Ridge mountains Of Buncombe County near Asheville, North Carolina lies the historic town of Weaverville. Stroll down Main Street and you may wander into this working pottery studio. As you step into the gallery you’ll see displays of pitchers, teapots, and tableware next to hand built vases, ceramic furniture and banjos. Beyond the wares are craftsmen hard at work. Potters Rob and Beth Mangum continue a creative tradition started by Rob’s parents over thirty years ago.
Rob and Beth met as sophomore and freshman at North Carolina State University School of Design (now the College of Art and Design) where Rob studied graphics and illustration, and Beth focused on fibers and surface design. Beth grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, where she attended St. Agnes School. Rob began making pottery in his parents’ studio at Turkey Knob near Sparta, NC in the 70’s. In 1989, he and Beth formed their pottery studio after they graduated from Design School. Rob went on to receive a MFA from Indiana University. They moved to the Asheville area in 1997 and began creating work out of their Weaverville studio.
Western North Carolina's expanding art and craft scene has been a nurturing environment for Beth and Rob's creative pursuits. They also enjoy the area's great traditional music scene, as well as the endless mountain tops, valleys, and rivers to explore.
The Mangums feel fortunate to work every day with the clay, striving to find the union of form and function. They are inspired by the organic and structural aspects of nature, as well as the continuing evolution of our culture.
Rob and Beth's oldest daughter, Leah, studied art at Appalachian State University and exhibits her art at the gallery. Page is also at App. State studying biology.
All of the work represented on this website and in their gallery was made in the studio by Rob and Beth and their production assistants Erin Janow, Laura Keyes, and Zander Stefani. Wheel thrown items are all made by Beth and Erin. Our other items are slab built and individually crafted by Rob, Zander, and Laura. All of the mixed media furniture, fountains, tiles, and ceramic instruments are hand built by Rob in our studio and in his wood shop adjacent to our kiln room. Glazing and firing is done by all. The firing is done in electric and natural gas kilns.
In 2015, they installed a 10kW solar system in the roof of their downtown studio. It generates 60% of the electricity they use.