Our Instructors


Lolly Durant

Durant’s work ranges from mono-type prints, marbling on sailcloth to mixed media, gourd assemblages to wheel thrown pottery. During graduate school, her focus was in printmaking, painting and art education. Olive is an arts educator/artist and continues to work as a Teaching Artist with Tennessee Arts Commission. “My approach to creating a work of art is based on the ‘less is more’ concept. Creating art;be it pottery or marbled, hand-printed cloth restores my capacity for wonder, scientific exploration and experimentation. “


Loren Howard

Loren has worked professionally in multiple media from film, set design, bronze and multiple large sculptures. After receiving a BS in computer animation in 2003, he fell in love with the tactile nature of clay and three-dimensional design which moved his work from digital toward experimental week long wood firings, atmospheric firings, Japanese, and Chinese aesthetics, and the firing techniques and glazes they used. Experimentation developing new techniques as well as learning old techniques is more important to him than the finished product. 


Nicole Johnson

As a four year Hope Scholar, she studied Art and play softball at Gordon College in Barnesville, GA. After obtaining her Associates in Art, Nicole continued her education at Georgia State University (GSU). At GSU, while studying ceramics, she was exposed to several different art genres including; printmaking, life drawing, and fiber arts. After graduating GSU with a BA in Studio Art, Nicole went on to teach and develop several children's ceramics classes at Pinckneyville Community Center in Norcross, GA. Nicole has more than 5 years experience teaching children ceramics (hand building & wheel). She enjoys explaining the ceramic process to new students as well as incorporating the principles of Art and Design into her workshops.

Julie Johnson

Julie, a native of East Tennessee, earned a BA in International Studies from UT Chattanooga in 2007. She first came to ceramics as a Work Study student at the John. C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC in 2011. As a studio apprentice at The Village Potters studio in Asheville, NC, she began to hone the surface design techniques and vibrant colors that define her current body of work. She loves to take her surfaces on a design journey, applying her love of illustration, graphic design, and print making through sgraffito, stamping, screen printing, resist, and more. Julie has been teaching ceramics to kids and adults since 2012, and she loves sharing the creative journey of making with others.


Carrie Anne Parks

Carrie Anne began making tiles at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she completed a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing. Following college, she worked as an apprentice to potter Takeo Sudo in Mashiko, Japan. She then earned an M.F.A., with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In 1982, she joined the faculty of Alma College in Alma, MI, where tilemaking was a regular part of her 3-d design curriculum. She often had opportunities to collaborate with her students on tile installations for the College and completed a number of large-scale tile installations of her own. Carrie Anne’s figurative drawings and ceramic sculptures are exhibited nationally and have been included in numerous books on contemporary ceramics. Recently, her work has won awards in the Cheongju International Craft Competition in Cheongju, Korea and the Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition in Peoria, IL. In 2015, she relocated to her hometown, Chattanooga, where she has set up a new studio.

Victoria Kile

Victoria has been a studio artist and teacher since 1990 concentrating in clay.  She makes functional pottery as well as sculptural ceramic pieces.  She enjoys the process of working with wet clay, knowing that every movement of her hands and fingers will affect it. She believes that a beautiful object can take us out of the rush of practical life into another reality - that it is a necessary part of ordinary life.  Her intention is to make objects which will enrich the lives of the people who see and use them, thus establishing a relationship between the user and the maker.


Paul Whetstone

Paul developed a passion for pottery as a senior in high school. This passion truly flourished while he was in college at UT Knoxville studying ceramics. His favorite forms are utilitarian, wheel-thrown pieces that can be used on a daily basis. Paul believes that unique, handmade objects play a vital role in our modern world. They offset the impersonal repetitiveness of mass produced goods, and remind us of our ancient traditions as artists and craftspeople. Paul says, "I am drawn to the process of production pottery. Turning a piece of raw clay into a permanent, usable object through the many steps of the process has always mesmerized me, and I become easily lost in concentration while I undertake each piece. I am excited to share my love and knowledge with students at SCCA. This is an inspiring studio to be a part of, with many talented artists of different backgrounds and aesthetic approaches."