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Gordon Batten

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1983-1995 Potter at Riverwood Pottery, Dillsboro, North Carolina

Two Rivers Studio, Dillsboro, North Carolina


Gordon Batten worked as a production potter at Riverwood Pottery before establishing Two Rivers Studio. His interest in building and architecture led him to accept a commission to make sinks for a residential project. The hand crafted sink is now a common form for Batten.  It joins other house wares such as serving pieces and dinnerware. The sinks and functional works are finished with a variety of decorative techniques including stamped, fine brush drawn elements and broad application of glazes. In some cases, sinks exterior surface is molded with architectural referenced motifs and has a companion elevated matching faucet plinth with related molded motifs.

Functional wares, particularly dinnerware, round out Batten’s practice. His plates may be wheel thrown or slab molded. In both cases this work is characterized by torn edges added while the clay is leather hard. In addition, he makes a wide range of serving pieces, planters, jars, and vases.


Artist's Studio: Two Rivers Studio




the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 13, 2019.