The fourth N.C. Potters Conference will be held March 1-3 at the W.H. Moring Jr. Art Center, 121-125 Sunset Ave., Asheboro.

The conference is sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild and supported by a Grassroots Arts Grant from the N.C. Arts Council.In a two-day workshop Friday evening and Saturday, John Leach, a renowned British potter and founder of Muchelney Pottery in Somerset, England, will demonstrate techniques of throwing and decorating while talking about the life of an English potter.

The grandson of pioneering potter Bernard Leach and son of David Leach, John Leach has been a professional potter for 32 years. He makes plates, jugs and bowls with a distinctive ``toasted' finish, wares for everyday use. In addition to the kitchenware, he has developed new ideas in shape and color for works which are sought by galleries and museums.

On Sunday morning Gerry Williams, founder and editor of Studio Potter, a magazine for professional potters, will speak on ``Spirit of Craft: Healing in Our Wings.'

Born in India to American missionaries, Williams came to New Hampshire in 1950 to study in the program offered by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. He became an independent craftsman in 1952 and has since operated his pottery in Dunbarton, N.H. He works in both porcelain and stoneware and produces wheel-thrown and slab-built pottery fired in a high-temperature gas kiln.

Closing out the conference on Sunday afternoon will be presentations by five North Carolina potters - Burlon B. Craig, Charles Liske, David Nelson, Paul Sires and Tom Suomalainen.

For more information, write the Randolph Arts Guild, P.O. Box 1033, Asheboro, N.C. 27204, or call 629-0399.

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