Julie Wiggins is a full time studio potter living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a BFA in Ceramics. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. Her work has been shown in galleries across the country, including AKAR Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Crimson Laurel Gallery, and Lark & Key. Julie’s work has been featured at the American Craft Council and is part of the permanent collection at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as several national conferences and exhibitions, including NCECA. Julie has over a decade of experience as an educator and will be one of the presenters at the Functional Ceramics Workshop in 2016.
Po-Wen Liu is a studio potter and educator. Po-Wen received his BFA degree in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and MFA degree in ceramics from Northern Illinois University. Po-Wen is passionate about vessel forms as the vehicle for personal expression. He is intrigued by the unmearsurable space within vessels. "This space creates a sense of retreat and a sense of peacefulness. Through creating my ceramic vessels, I form a space which allows me to seek refuge and search for the world of fugitive pleasures." Po-Wen is currently teaching ceramics courses at UNCG, Greensboro College, and Catawba Valle Community College. He also instructs pottery classes at Sawtooth School for the Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC.