Cheryl Williams is originally from Southern Pines, N.C. It is here that she learned the art of pottery. While attending Sandhills Community College in 1985, she found herself in the Art Department and saw the magic of wheel-thrown clay. She was hooked. She received a degree in Fine Arts with a major in Ceramics. Upon graduating, her life took a turn when she was offered a job at a Montessori school. She was a Montessori teacher from 1988 to 2012 and still loves this part of her life, but the clay was never far from her thoughts.
Cheryl founded Grassy Creek Pottery in 1998 upon moving to the mountains of North Carolina. She joined together with a number of artists in Ashe County to found the county’s first cooperative gallery. For eight years the gallery was a large part of her pottery life. She has since branched out in other directions. She is a member of the Ashe County Farmers’ Market and sells her work there on Saturdays. Her pottery can also be seen in West Jefferson at the Ashe County Arts Council, and at the Old Store in Grassy Creek, N.C., as well as online.