Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator
2019 Board of Directors (as of March 17, 2019)
Mary Holmes (Robbins) is a Project Manager at STARworks in Star, NC. She grew up on a dairy farm in Ireland. After earning a business degree, she worked in Dublin, England, New Zealand and Australia for international financial software companies. She came to Raleigh in late 1999. She collected her first pottery in Ireland when she bought her kitchenware from Kilroot Pottery in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in her mid-twenties. Fast forward more than 20 years and she meets a Seagrove potter, Michael Mahan, and moves to Seagrove in late 2002. She was President of the Seagrove Area Potters Association for a number of years. She is the chair of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters. She spends her summers in Ireland with Michael and her family where they make pots, listen to great music and walk the highways and byways.
The executive director, an ex-officio member of the board, is currently acting secretary to the board.
Pat Holleman (Wilmington) is a native of Long Island, New York, Pat came to school in North Carolina and has lived here ever since. She began studying and working with clay in the early 1970s. In addition to taking numerous workshops, she studied pottery privately with Pam Leonard and attended Penland School of Arts and Crafts for many summers. Under the direction of Rick Crown, she continued her studies at Queens College in Charlotte. Meanwhile, she pursued a full-time career in education, first as a teacher, then a principal, and finally an assistant superintendent in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Pat is also one of the owners of Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, located in the historic Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, which is the first gallery in Wilmington dedicated exclusively to local, handmade, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art and craft by jury-selected coastal North Carolina artisans.
Vince Long (Charlotte) had a 30-year banking career, primarily at Wachovia/Wells Fargo, where he was a Senior Vice President and credit executive for small business lending. He was also a founding director and President of the Small Business Financial Exchange, a non-profit national industry group supporting the availability of credit to small business through the exchange of credit history information. Since retiring, Vince has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Teaching Fellows Institute-Charlotte (director), Clayworks (Board Chair), and the Delhom Service League of the Mint Museum (membership chair, 2018 Potters Market Invitational Chair). He has become involved broadly in ceramics as a collector, a pottery student, and an arts advocate.
Nancy O’Donohue (Wilmington) is a graduate of Columbia University and Teachers College who retired from the New York City public hospital system and moved to Wilmington in 2001. Working in clay since middle school, she studied at Parson’s School of Design, School of Visual Arts and UrbanGlass in New York City, and had the privilege of studying for seven years with Hiroshi Sueyoshi at the Cameron Art Museum in NC. She currently serves on the Board of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.
Vicky Smith Vicky (Wilmington) was raised in eastern North Carolina. She received a BA in Studio Art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Masters in Fine Arts at East Carolina University in 2001. Vicky taught as an adjunct professor in ceramics at UNCW from 2002 to 2013. She maintains a ceramics studio in Greene County which includes a wood firing kiln. In May of 2015, she completed a month residence in France at AIR Vallauris. She was the recipient of the North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant in 2014 and in 2012. Her work has been shown in juried national and international exhibitions. Vicky divides her time between her studio in Greene County and her home in Wilmington, NC. She is an active member of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild where she chairs the workshop committee. She is on the Steering Committee of Empty Bowls, an event held locally to raise awareness of hunger and to provide funding for local soup kitchens and food banks. She is also on the Board of Directors of Homes of Hope, India, which has taken her to India twice to work on a ceramics project for the organization.
David Stuempfle (Seagrove) is originally from Gettysburg, PA. David spent many years as a journeyman potter working in different parts of the country, including Wisconsin and at Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, NC. He has lived and worked for more than 15 years in Seagrove.
Charlie Tefft (Greensboro) is an instructor of art at Guilford College. He grew up in Columbia, MD, where he learned to create pots on the wheel at the age of thirteen. Although this was not his first experience with clay, its effect was profound. He continued to make pots in a school environment until he graduated in 1997 with a BFA from Guilford College. After graduation, Charlie moved to Atlanta, GA, and began making pots full time. During those two years in Atlanta, he had work published in two books, was accepted to various exhibitions, and received a Purchase Award from Skutt Kilns. He returned to Greensboro in the Spring of 1999 to teach at Guilford College. Over the past 18 years, he has continued to show and exhibit functional pots. He has become heavily influenced by the animals with which he has come in contact. The wrens that lived in his studio, his family’s rabbit, and the wildlife that occasionally appears.
David Zmiewsky (Pinehurst) David is an avid pottery lover and a Market Executive working out of the Seven Lakes office of First Bank (FBNC). He has over a decade’s worth of banking and financial experience and expertise.