Belinda Hardin

Earthtones Pottery
wheel-thrown pottery

My work as a potter is inspired by nature, history, function and the creative process that brings these elements together. The earth tones of my home state of North Carolina are present in my pallet, reflecting the swirling reds, browns, and greens found in agate, the blues of the sky and sea, the greens of foliage, and the browns of the earth. The tradition of pottery throughout history as well as today’s society influence my choice of forms. Classical vase shapes, for example, can be seen in my “Ancient Reflection” series. Inspiration for the pallet in this series came from copper patinas on sculptures and atop stately buildings, and the changes they undergo during oxidation. Other pieces are shaped by everyday functional ware needs. For me, each piece of pottery is deeply connected to the four classical elements--earth, water, fire, and air, and to the powers of the creative process that blend them together into a form reflective of both art and function. Beginning with stoneware clay, my pieces are turned on the wheel or shaped from slabs. Most pieces are then glazed and fired in an electric kiln. Sometimes I employ more traditional methods, using natural substances such as sawdust, pine bark, and manure to fire pots in pits. Retrieving fired pieces from the kiln is always an exciting moment full of anticipation, satisfaction, and surprise! Ultimately, it is my hope that the pieces I create become a source of beauty and usefulness for their owners.

Artist Bio

Belinda’s passion for pottery began in the 1980s in Chapel Hill, NC where she completed numerous classes, apprenticeships, and workshops. After participating in local shows and galleries, she returned to school in the 1990s to earn a BA in Art from UNCG. Combining this training with her ongoing teaching career, Belinda served as artist-in-residence in the CAPS program in Durham and conducted workshops for teachers in the Preschool Very Special Arts programs in North Carolina and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Her pottery during this time period was mostly burnished porcelain fired in various traditional methods with local materials.

After retiring from a career as faculty in early childhood education, she returned to ceramics in 2015, taking classes to retool her skills and shift her focus to glazed, functional stoneware. Her public reentry as a ceramic artist occurred in December 2015 when she participated in the NC Clayworks Guild holiday show. Belinda is thrilled to be immersed in ceramics once again and looks forward to new opportunities and accomplishments!