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Rob and Beth Mangum met as sophomore and freshman at North Carolina State University School of Design (now the College of Art and Design) where Rob studied graphics and illustration, and Beth focused on fibers and surface design. Beth had grown up in Alexandria, Virginia, where she attended St. Agnes School. Rob began making pottery in his parents’ studio in Sparta, NC in the 70’s. In 1989, he and Beth formed their pottery studio after they graduated from Design School. Rob went on to receive a MFA from Indiana University. They moved to the Asheville area in 1997 and began creating work out of their Weaverville studio.

Western North Carolina's expanding art and craft scene has been a nurturing environment for Beth and Rob's creative pursuits. They also enjoy the area's great traditional music scene, as well as the endless mountaintops, valleys, and rivers to explore.

The Mangums feel fortunate to get to work every day with the clay, striving to find the union of form and function. They are inspired by the organic and structural aspects of nature, as well as the continuing evolution of our culture.

Rob and Beth's oldest daughter, Leah, studied art at Appalachian State University and has come to work at the family business.

To find out more about the history of the studios check out the Mangum Pottery Photographic Story.

To see some of Rob and Beth's older work go to the Archives page.

Go to our Youtube channel to see videos of us at work.

Feature Articles:

Asheville Citizen Times- October 23, 2010

Mountain Xpress- October 20, 2010

Our State North Carolina- September, 2010

Southern Living- November, 08

Southern Living- August, 07

US Airways Magazine- October, 2006

The Laurel of Asheville- April, 2005

Mountain Xpress- May 9, 2001

Our State North Carolina- July, 2000

Washington Post- April 23, 1992

Ceramics Monthly- June-August, 1985


Rob Mangum making ceramic tables
Rob and Beth unloading a kiln.
Beth Mangum making pottery
Rob and Beth Mangum of Mangum Pottery
Beth Mangum throwing at the pottery wheel.
Rob Mangum making tables out of clay.
Rob and Beth Mangum with daughters, Leah and Page.
Leah Mangum and some of her paintings.
Rob Beth Leah and Page Mangum
Leah Mangum Paintings