Woody has been making pottery since 1974. He received his BFA from New
York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and did post graduate
study at Kansas City Art Institute. He has maintained a ceramics studio since
1980. Woody has taught ceramics at the college level (Parsons, Greenwich
House Pottery, Dowling College) and has taught hundreds of workshops
throughout the country and internationally, including Penland, Anderson Ranch,
Haystack, and Arrowmont. Hughes has been published in multiple books and
periodicals throughout his career.
He has recently returned to the studio after a significant stint as an
innkeeper/restaurateur in Bethel, Maine, where he designed specialty
dinnerware to complement his tapas and small plate menu. Having recently
sold his inn, he is able to work full time on ceramics in both his Maine and
South Carolina studios.
Hughes’ work is made from wheel-thrown terracotta, lead-free fritted glazes,
fired to cone 04, utilizing terra sigillatas, polychrome slips, and transparent
glazes. His pieces are functional, but he recommends washing them by hand.