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Judy McNeill

Artist with strong background in clay and glaze formulation who handbuilds using coil, slab and pinch methods to form one-of-a-kind pieces. Specialties in glazing are low tech formulas and use of the oldest glaze known to man, terra sigillata, fitting the one-of-a-kind clay designs produced in home studio. Her work is shown throughout the Southeast, is in private collections across the United States and Europe and part of permanent museum collections in Asheville, NC and Wilmington, NC.

McNeill's terra sigillata glaze, meaning sealed earth, is an ancient glaze developed, in particular, by the Greeks. Despite its Latin name, it formed the basic decorating medium on classical Greek pottery from early times and became the basis for the familiar black and red decorated ware. It was used by the Romans for pottery made especially for the patricians and was known as samian ware. Many other cultures used terra sigillata techniques for sealing and beautifying the surfaces of pottery wares. It has been in use for thousands of years and was also used by the Pre-Columbian cultures of Central and South America.

While pieces glazed with terra sigillata are somewhat waterproof, they should be used with respect to the fact that this delicate glaze needs to be protected from liquid submersion or liquid use, unless so stated on the piece of ware, and should last for centuries to come. Visit McNeill's website for complete glaze formula and process.

Happy Valley High School, Caldwell County, NC
Caldwell Community College, Caldwell County, NC
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine, NC
Mitchell Community College, Iredell County, NC

2nd Place, Iredell Artists Show, Statesville, NC, 2000
Merit, An American Experience, Assoc. Artists Exhibition,
      Winston-Salem, NC, 2000
1st Place, Iredell Artist Guild, Statesville, NC, 1999
1st Place, Hiddenite Arts Center, Hiddenite, NC, 1992
Merit, National Teapot Show II, Creedmore, NC, 1993

Two Person Shows
Iredell Museum of Arts & Heritage, Statesville, NC, 2000
Statesville Tourism Development, Statesville, NC, 1999
Art & Frame Gallery, Statesville, NC, 1999
Hiddenite Center, Inc., Hiddenite, NC, 1999, 1993
Caldwell Art Council, Lenoir, NC, 1993
Arts & Science Museum, Statesville, NC, 1994
Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC, 1994
Smoke House Gallery, Ferguson, NC, 1992
Group Shows
Wilkes Art Gallery Invitational, North Wilkesboro, NC, 2004
Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, 2004, 2001, 1992
Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC, 2003
Banner Elk College, Banner Elk, NC, 2003
Mooresville Depot, Mooresville, NC 2003
Wilkes Cultural Arts, North Wilkesboro, NC 2002
American Experience, Winston-Salem, NC, 2001
Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC 1995, 1994, 1993
Arts & Science Museum, Statesville, NC 1994, 1993
Hiddenite Center, Inc., Hiddenite, NC 1994
Mitchell Community College, Statesville, NC 1994
Pope's Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 1993
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC 1993
J.H. Webb Gallery, Macon, GA, 1993
Wilkes Art Council, North Wilkesboro, NC 1992

Iredell Arts Council, Vice President, current
Iredell Museum of Arts & Heritage, Past President, Direct of Art on the Green - outdoor juried show, Statesville, NC, 1994-current
Artists Guild of Statesville, Past President, 1992-current
Signal Gallery, Statesville, NC, 1999-current
North Carolina Water Color Society, current
Art Mix Women Artists, current
Muddy River Art Association, Charter Member, 2002-current
Mooresville Artists Guild, Mooresville, NC, 2000
Associated Artist of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC, 2000
Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC 1992-96
Carolina Clay Guild, 1992-96
Caldwell Arts Guild, Past Publicity Chair, Lenoir, NC, 1975
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