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Rodney Mott

Rodney Mott’s experience as a ceramic artist began in 1972 at Los Altos High School in California, working with clay, acquiring skills on the pottery wheel, and selling his pottery at a local shop. At Penn State University, while majoring in English and studying poetry, Rodney continued to maintain an interest in ceramic art. After coursework under Dave Dontigny and Jim Stephenson, he was further inspired when introduced to Paul Soldner’s artwork. After receiving his B.A. Degree at Penn State University in 1984, Rodney attended Claremont Graduate School in southern California. There, as a student of Paul Soldner, he also worked as Soldner’s teaching assistant in 1986 through receiving his M.F.A. Degree in 1987. Rodney returned to northern California where he continued creating and teaching art.  Shortly thereafter, he met Daniel Rhodes and developed an interest in woodfired ceramics. By 1990, Rodney built his first woodfire kiln in Volcano, California.

Rodney founded The Penryn Workshop which hosts workshops at the expansive studio/gallery. On the grounds in Penryn, CA there are indoor and outdoor studio spaces and multiple kilns, including woodfiring kilns, salt fire, raku, battle draft kiln, fiber cone 10 gas kiln, as well as others. “Woodstoke” events are ceramic woodfiring workshops where internationally recognized artists (which included: Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Rudy Autio and others) demonstrate their skills while a multi-day woodfiring also takes place. B

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