Stuart Howe is a full-time studio potter from Brevard, North Carolina who strives to make beautiful handmade pots for everyday use by everyday people. Stuart makes both stoneware and earthenware pots, and uses a variety of glazes and slips to decorate his work.
Stuart was first exposed to pottery at Gwynn Valley Camp where he tried his hand at throwing during some downtime. Stuart was looking for a creative outlet at the time and after one session on the wheel, he was hooked! Although he went in that summer as a lifeguard, he left 9 weeks later running the pottery program. Stuart went on to take all levels of ceramics courses offered at UNC Asheville. Although he continued in his original course of study (political science) Stuart knew he only ever wanted to make pots.
When traveling in New Zealand in 2010-2011, Stuart connected with the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village where he built on his wood firing experience from UNCA. Upon returning to the US, Stuart continued his efforts with Hinckley Pottery in Washington, DC from 2011-2012. In October of 2012, Stuart made the move to Brevard, and has been working with Mud Dabbers Pottery ever since.
Although Stuart makes pots in his home studio in downtown Brevard, Stuart primarily sells his work at Mud Dabbers Pottery of Brevard, which has been in operation since the year Stuart was born. Mud Dabbers is located in a historic general store building located on the banks of Dunn’s Creek, just four miles south of downtown Brevard on Greenville Hwy/US Hwy 276 in the beautiful French Broad River Valley.
Stuart's wife, Maggie, also sometimes helps out with the boring stuff like accounting and website creation.