Carl and Jean Saake – The oldest working ceramic artists in the US?

Western North Carolina Living Treasures:

Carl and Jean Saake

UPDATED April 13, 2018: MOUNTAIN MADE is pleased to announce the selection of master ceramic artists Carl and Jean Saake as our 2018 Living Treasures.

To celebrate, Carl and Jean Saake will be giving a live ceramic demonstration during our April Art Walk Party, on Friday, April 6, 2018, 1pm til 5pm at the MOUNTAIN MADE art gallery.

Check our latest video on our Living Treasures Artist Party!

Their live art demonstration and our Art Walk party is free and open to the public. Check the champagne toast with Jean and Carl !

The oldest working potters in the US?

MOUNTAIN MADE art gallery owner Melinda Knies says,”We have done some research and understand that Carl and Jean are indeed the oldest working ceramic artists here in Western North Carolina (WNC). Perhaps even the entire United States? We are not sure yet…but we do have hopes!”

“Jean (age 84) painstakingly molds, rolls and pinch crafts each of her ceramic pieces by hand, while her husband Carl (age 91) and crafting partner of 64 years, sketches on the design and hand paints them.”

“Jean has studied under several local masters and nationally recognized pottery schools. Carl is a retired project architect and brings his eye for color and skills at detailed drawings to their shared artwork.”

Knies goes on to say,”We are very happy that Carl and Jean have chosen MOUNTAIN MADE to showcase their wonderfully whimsical woodland critters, fruits and pottery.”


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