Meet the Artists

Nola Campbell
Nola Campbell was born in 1918 on the Catawba Indian Reservation. She is one of seven children to James Davey and Maggie Price Harris. She started making potter around the age of 12. By the age of 15, Nola was well on her way to becoming a master potter. She learned to make coil-formed pottery from Master Potter, Georgia Harris. Over the next 60 years, Mrs. Campbell followed the teachings of her mentor and produced some of the finest examples of Catawba pottery. While her pots fall within the traditional Catawba forms, her work stands apart for its excellent craftsmanship. She shared her gift by providing support and teaching her techniques to the next generation of Catawba potters. Nola was awarded in 1999 with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. 
Amelia (Amy) Canty
Amelia, or Amy, is an up-and-coming young Catawba artist. She is the daughter of Ronald Canty and Dawn Schutte-Canty. Great-granddaughter of Fannie Harris, Alonzo Canty, and Ephraim George. Her mixture of meticulousness, traditional, and modern concepts brings a unique vision with each dreamcatcher she makes. No two are alike. Her love for her heritage is what pushes her forward to utilize her talents in a positive way.
"Just like the web of a dreamcatcher, bad things in life can catch us up but if we wait patiently until the sun rises those things will no longer hold us back."
-Amy Canty
Eric Canty
Eric Canty traces his roots to one of the greatest master potters of the 20th Century Emma Canty Brown. He also spent time with his aunt Catherine Sanders Canty, another noted master potter. Their influences can be seen in his work. Eric has been making traditional pottery for many years now. He is known for producing highly traditional pieces, from animal effigies to pipes and pots. He is busy learning over 100 shapes the Catawba are known to produce. 
"I love to make my animal effigies: frogs, turtles, bears, and ducks. I can spend hours working on one small piece."
-Eric Canty
Kristine Carpenter
Kristine Carpenter has worked at the Catawba Cultural Center for 20 years. She loves practicing her culture in all aspects. She is the granddaughter of Mary Jane Blue and great granddaughter of Chief Nelson Blue. 
"I love learning about my culture and history. When I am practicing our many art forms, it's like an escape from the troubles of today and focus on a part of myself and my ancestors."
-Kristine Carpenter
Beckee Garris
 Beckee is the granddaughter of former Chief Altbert H. Sanders, Sr. and great granddaugher of former Chief Samuel Taylor Blue. Beckee is the Catawba language coordinator, a basket maker, and a potter. 
"I work in the clay because it’s a way for me to connect to my ancestors. Just as one day I will be the ancestor who will connect a future Catawba to the clay. When my hands are working the clay I let the clay tell me what it wants to be become as I see this as my ancestors are guiding my hands as well."
-Beckee Garris
Wenonah George Haire, DMD
Wenonah is the Executive Director of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. She is also a dentist. In her "free" time she loves to do a number of crafts; bead work is one of her favorites. The many colors, sizes and textures intrigue her. She is the daughter of the Catawba Indian Nation's former assistant Chief and interim Chief, Evans M. George, Jr., who was in office for over 19 years.
"I have always found arts and crafts to be an outlet for stress.  Native American bead work is both very relaxing and rewarding when a piece finally comes together.  I am proud to be able to be a part of carrying on our tribe's traditional art of bead work!"
-Wenonah Haire
Jeannine Blue Roof
Jeannine Blue Roof is the granddaughter of Raymond Harris and Nola Campbell. She learned the pottery method from her grandmother and mother. She also enjoys making jewelry. 
"I enjoy making jewelry. It helps me to relax and is very therapeutic to the soul."
-Jeannine Blue Roof
Caroleen Sanders
Catawba Indian Masterpotter, Caroleen Sanders, learned to make pottery in the traditional Catawba method by observing her mother, Verdie Harris-Sanders and many other extended family members including her aunts Nola Harris-Campbell, Viola Harris-Robbins, and Reola Harris. Caroleen, like her aunt Master potter Nola Harris-Campbell, worked professionally off the reservation for many years and began serious work in the clay in 1992. She now continues the tradition handed to her. She is one of 20 potters chosen in NC to be part of a documentary project by NC Pottery Center “The Living Tradition”.
"The vessel gives into the fire. Whether positive or negative, the fire tells all."
- Caroleen Sanders
Nancy White
Great, great granddaughter of John and Rachel Brown; great granddaughter of Idle and Arzada Sanders. Nancy is blessed to have been able to spend time with her great grandparents. Beckee Garris taught Nancy to make pinch pots over 10 years ago and over the years she has learned more and more from several other potters. Nancy is excited to continue this tradition. 
"I feel closest to my Creator when my hands are in the clay. I look forward to teaching my grandchildren. I would say my inspiration is my heritage and my grandchildren."
-Nancy White