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The Speckled Dog Pottery is studio that specializes in functional tableware. Robbie is the studio potter and Emma, an English Springer Spaniel, is the mascot.
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Robbie has always had a passion for being in the kitchen. He enjoys creating new dishes and recreating classic southern fare. For him, presentation is everything. He now focuses on creating service ware vessels in his studio. Lee Marshall, a Lebanon, TN based potter, encouraged him in the studio which eventually led him to enroll in classes at the Penland School of Crafts. It was Penland that brought him to Bakersville to open the Speckled Dog Pottery.
Robbie is a classically trained musician with an emphasis on the music of the Episcopal Church. He is the organist and choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church, Spruce Pine. He studied at the University of South Carolina under internationally famed choral conductor, Dr. Arpad Darzas and has held church positions in the Carolinas and Florida.

History

A native of South Carolina, Robbie attended The University of South Carolina, majoring in Music Education with an emphasis in choral conducting and church music. Throughout his career, he has held positions in the Carolinas as well as Wellington, Coconut Grove and Hollywood, Florida.

After moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1998, Robbie opened The Eighteenth Street Inn, an award winning bed and breakfast. His reputation as a respected caterer developed there in part as a result of his book, The Poolside Banquet: Sharing Recipes Between a Mother and a Son. A trademark of The Inn was "Inn Art", an evening event featuring fine crafters from the southeast with an emphasis on ceramics. It was at this time Robbie began studying ceramic art production. In 2004, he opened The Speckled Dog Pottery.

Starting as an avid collector of handmade ceramics for use by his catering business, he finally accepted the challenge of creating his own pots. A beginners throwing class started it all. The Speckled Dog's pots are both wheel thrown and hand built, many incorporating natural elements such as leaves, twigs, pine straw and glass. The glazes are all food safe and can be placed in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.

Robbie continues to study ceramic production with world class potters. He has worked in the studio of Lee Marshall in Lebanon, Tennessee and at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina with Fong Choo (miniature teapots) and Mark Shapiro (surface design and decoration). With hard work and dedication to the art form, he has been recognized by the media. The studio has been featured twice on NBC6 South Florida Today and he has been a featured artist in the Miami Herald. His work has been juried into Art Beth-el, St. Petersburg, Florida and Big Fish, Small Pot: The Third Annual International Teapot Exhibition, Mission Viejo, California and has received top honors for 3-D artwork at Art Bravo in Broward County, Florida.

In 2012, the Speckled Dog Pottery relocated to Bakersville, North Carolina. Now Robbie is able to focus a major portion of his time to his studio. In 2017, he was invited to become a member of Mica Gallery, a co-op gallery of some of the leading potters in the country. He continues to work for the Episcopal Church as the organist and choirmaster for Trinity Church, Spruce Pine.

Memberships

Toe River Arts Coucil

Galleries

Mica Gallery

37 N. Mitchell Ave
Bakersville, NC 28705
(828) 688-6422

www.micagallerync.com

OOAK Gallery

573 Micaville Loop
Micaville, NC 28755

www.OOAKArtGallery.com

Market on Oak

262 Oak Avenue
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-0571

www.TheMarketOnOakShop.com

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