Mudslingers Studio

About Mudslingers

Mudslingers is an Annex to The Dixie.

Mission Statement: Mudslingers Studio is designed to provide a distinctive visual art education program that will empower students to embrace a life of excellence and creativity through their artistic abilities and open doors to imagination and self-confidence. Visual art skills are worthwhile, valuable life skills grounded in discipline and a work ethic that is crucial for any craft. The instructor is a trained professional who provides a quality educational and artistic experience for each participant. Experience is gained by weekly classes culminating in an exhibition held in the Mudslingers Studio.

Executive Director

Lori Neal Nolen (Main Instructor) Lori attended Union University where she graduated with a BA in ceramic art. While in undergraduate school she studied in France, England, and Italy. After graduation, she attended Alfred University in NY for one year as an artist in residence. She then went on to receive her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of GA. During this time she also served as a teaching assistant in the UGA Studies Abroad Cortona, Italy, art program. Before becoming the Executive Director at The Dixie, Lori was an Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art and Art History at Union Univ. She has been teaching children’s pottery classes in West TN for the past 2 decades.

The Dixie is proud to welcome Candace Gooch-Ward as a new addition to the Mudslinger staff. 


Candace received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Union University in 2015, with a primary emphasis in Ceramics and secondary emphasis in Sculpture. While pursuing her B.F.A. at Union, she interned at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in East Tennessee for three summers. She was also invited to participate in the 2014 Huntingdon Heritage Day, where she was a demonstrating potter at Mudslingers Studio. A Carroll County native and Clarksburg High School alumni, Candace is thrilled with the growing interest in the arts and the thriving arts collective founded within her home community. Candace aspires to assist and encourage students in their discovery of what incredible opportunities, experiences, and what an amazing lifestyle can be found in the profound honesty of clay as a creative medium--both in and out of the studio. She currently serves as the Art Department Secretary at Union University, and she continues to create in her home studio in Jackson, TN.

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Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Grades 2nd - 4th: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 5th - 8th: 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Dates: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27 and March 6

Class has a 10 student limit.

MUD EXHIBIT for all classes @ 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Mudslingers Studio. 

Fees: $120/per student (includes material fees)

Class Description: Classes will consist of an introduction to basic pottery skills of pinching, coil-building, slab construction, and throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will also be introduced to various glazing and firing processes. 

Participant Rules

  1. Participants are expected to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class is scheduled to begin. The teacher needs time in between classes to clean and prepare for the next class.
  2. Parents must be prompt in the pickup of their participants.
  3. No food, gum, or drink is allowed in the studio.
  4. Please notify the instructor if you will be missing a class. Projects that take place during your absence can not be made up.

The DYT reserves the right to dismiss and not enroll participants for the following reasons:


Mudslingers Studio is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. When the Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967, it was given a special mandate by the General Assembly to stimulate and encourage the presentation of performing, visual and literary arts throughout the state and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee. Through a variety of programs, the Commission has encouraged excellence in artistic expression through the state’s artists and arts organizations. That commitment has continued to expand through the years to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee have access to, and the opportunity to participate in the arts.

  • 191 Court Square
  • Huntingdon, Tennessee 38344
  • (731) 986-2100