Haywood Community College professional crafts clay instructor Emily Reason has art on display as part of the North Carolina Community College System’s permanent art collection in the Raleigh headquarters. The piece (pictured), titled “Consume,” is a wall sculpture of a traditional pottery jug, sitting on a wooden shelf, becoming consumed by a kudzu vine.

Haywood Community College professional crafts clay instructor Emily Reason has art on display as part of the North Carolina Community College System’s permanent art collection in the Raleigh headquarters. This exhibit illustrates the work, mission and passion of all 58 community colleges.

Reason came to HCC after finishing graduate school at the University of Nebraska. Prior to this, she worked as a professional studio potter. The piece, titled “Consume,” is a wall sculpture of a traditional pottery jug, sitting on a wooden shelf, becoming consumed by a kudzu vine.

Reason loves teaching and hopes to instill passion into her students. “Students give me ideas,” she explains. “They offer fresh enthusiasm and help me stay current and sharp.”

The Professional Crafts program is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skill in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio, and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan, and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs. 

Registration for fall semester is now open. For more information about registration, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu. For information regarding the professional crafts clay program, contact Emily Reason at eareason@haywood.edu or 828-627-4671.