Charlie and Linda Riggs work together to create
a variety of decorative types of pottery. Most
of their work is thrown by Charlie who takes
time to make a very smooth surface that will
later be polished with terra sigillata. These
pots are then finished with one of the smoke
fired techniques that results in a shiny
unglazed surface brilliant with the colors of
saggar firing, the bold blacks and whites of
naked raku or the subtle marks of horsehair and
Charles has a
Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art--Ceramics. He has
been featured in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly,
and Studio Potter as well as in the books,
“Alternative Firing Methods” by Watkins/
Wandless and “Raku, The Practical Approach,” by
Steven Branfman. Charlie has exhibited
extensively in the Southeast, the Western US,
and as far away as Canada and Norway. He also
teaches workshops throughout the US and Canada
in a variety of subjects including, Raku
Methods, Saggar-firing, Pit-Firing, Raku Kiln
Building, and Throwing Techniques. He is a
member of the faculty at Laloba Ranch Clay
School in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Linda has written a number of articles on
pottery for Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times.
She is also featured in magazine articles on
saggar firing, and in the books by Watkins/Wandless
and Steven Branfman. She is on the faculty of Laloba Ranch Clay Center in Colorado and
co-teaches workshops with her husband Charlie.
Charlie also has a line of strictly raku pots
that reflect his need for creativity. Many of
these have multiple layered glazes and a wide
variety of shapes which sometimes feature
altered forms and interesting lids.
Linda handbuilds sculptural bowls, trays,
animals and jewelry which are later finished
with one of her specialty techniques--saggar
firing or naked raku.
Where you can fine their work:
Blue Moon Gallery, Seagrove, NC.
House Galleries, Southern Pines, NC.
Pottery, Santa Fe, NM
Gallery, Greensboro, NC
in the woods near Carthage, NC. (The Riggs’
studio is open by appointment only. For
directions please call or e-mail