Travis Berning


Travis Berning of Berning Pottery in Flat Rock, NC is back again this year.

Travis says of his work: “When you look at my work, I want you to feel the life coming through in every facet and mark of the clay. My childhood on a farm in Western Kansas made me love the combination of hands-on physicality and sensitivity to nature that is so evident in my strong forms. The strength required for the physical act of throwing clay and the process of glazing and firing is very appealing to me. The leaf images on my work reflects our connection to the natural world and my love for it. Even the earth tone glazes that I use are infused with wood ash, making the circle complete – trees into ash, into pottery with leaf images. I received a BFA from Wichita State University in 1995 and then did graduate studies at the University of North Texas for two years. I spent the next five years in Western Kansas working as a full time studio potter, all the time increasing my mastery of clay forms and techniques.
I moved to the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina in 2003 to open Tree House Pottery. In 2004 I co-founded the WNC Pottery Festival which has become one of the top pottery festival in the US. Most recently in 2014 I teamed up with four pottery friends to open Clay 5 Ways, a working studio and gallery in the RiverArts Dis of Asheville, NC. After working in clay for the past 23 years my inspiration comes from nature and the processes of clay. My work is continually evolving and changing and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future.”

Visit his website: Tree House Pottery