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Albert Hodge Portrait

Albert Hodge

Born:
1941

Active in:

  • Vale, North Carolina

Photo Caption:
Image courtesy of the artist

Luce Artist Quote

"Teachers all fussed at me because all I wanted to do was to draw pictures and look at girls! I never did think about clay. I never had my hands in it. But I want to tell you something: the first time I started turning on the wheel I knew I had found my niche. I'm one of the lucky people in this world that I found what I was meant to do." The artist, quoted in Lisë Swensson, "North Carolina Potter Albert Hodge," Folk Art Messenger, Spring/Summer 2007


Luce Artist Biography

Albert Hodge began creating pottery in 1989 when a knee injury forced him to retire from his job as a match cloth cutter for a furniture company. He built a workshop in his backyard, purchased an electric kiln and potter's wheel, and taught himself to make pottery. A left-handed artist using a right-handed potter's wheel, Hodge developed an unconventional technique in which he pulls the clay from the inside of his pot, instead of the outside. He collects nineteenth-century pottery from nearby "Jug town," North Carolina, the local name for the area where Catawba and Lincoln counties meet. The shapes and styles of these pieces continue to influence Hodge, who makes about twenty pieces every week.