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George Handy

Biography to Display: 

1954 Born


1976BS University of New Hampshire, Plymouth, New Hampshire

1984-1985 Post Baccalaureate work, studio art, University of North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina


1977 Apprenticeship with Richard Hensley and Donna Polseno, Roanoke, Virginia


Studio potter


George Handy’s work includes ceramic and mixed media. He is known for thrown and altered work which show both low and high relief carving. Some nonfunctional bowls have gold leaf on the interiors. Dinnerware pieces are decorated using multi-colored broad underglaze brush strokes on a white ground.

In addition, Handy created a number of large high relief murals using various non-clay materials. These murals can be seen in public spaces through the south eastern United States.

The surfaces of his vessels and murals carry characteristic design elements and relief work.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.

UNCA Justice Center, Asheville, North Carolina


Bibliography to Display: 

“The Arts of Craft.” Endless Vacation Magazine (October 1992).

Boswell, Thom. Making and Decorating Fantastic Frames: More Than 100 Unusual Techniques & Projects. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1993.

“Crafts in WNC: Hand-Made with Heart.” Blur Ridge Journal, September 1993.

“George Handy: Work of the Artist.” Video. Abbey Road Productions for UNC-TV, 2001.

Gess, Terry. 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2006.

Giorgini, Frank. Handmade Tiles: Designing, Making, Decorating. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1994.

King, Peter. Architectural Ceramics for the Studio Potter: Designing, Building, Installing. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1999.

“Local Art Goes to Broadway.” Asheville Citizen-Times, June 1992.

McDaniel, Lydia and Tim Barnwell. Asheville: A View from the Top. Community Communications Corp. 1996.

“NC Artists for the 90’s.” Greensboro News & Record, January 1991.

“Tampering with Teapots.” Asheville Citizen-Times, May 1992.

Triplett, Kathy. Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching, Coiling, Extruding, Molding, Slip Casting, Slab Work. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1997.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2006.





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
Fushion Pattern Mugs
Date: 2001
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Method: Thrown, Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Method: Thrown, Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 31, 2019.