Mudslingers Pottery Studio


Mudslingers Pottery Studio provides visual arts education programs that empower students of all ages to embrace their artistic abilities, grow and gain confidence in those abilities, and open doors to a life of creative excellence. 

Mudslingers teaches introduction to basic pottery skills of pinching, coil-building, slab construction, and throwing on the potter’s wheel, as well as, an introduction to various glazing and firing processes. 


Lori Neal Nolen, founder of Mudslingers Studio, is a native of Paris, TN. Lori is a graduate of Union University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics having studied in France, England, and Italy. She received her Master of Fine Arts at The University of Georgia. Lori was Artist in Residence at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, a Teaching Assistant at UGA Studies Abroad Art Program in Cortona, Italy, and Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art and Art History at Union University in Jackson, TN. Lori is now Executive Director at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center and continues to create and instruct at Mudslingers. Lori resides here in Huntingdon.

Candace Gooch-Ward, Instructor, is a graduate of Union University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Ceramics and Sculpture. Candace interned at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in East Tennessee during college. She is a Carroll County native and Clarksburg High School alumni. In addition to instructing at Mudslingers, Candace is the Art Department Secretary at Union University and continues to create in her personal studio in Jackson, TN.  


The mission of the Solomon Lee DeVille Memorial Art Scholarship is to give financial assistance to school-age children and youth from Carroll Couty for educational opportunities in the two and three dimensional visual arts programs offered by The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center.  These would include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, pottery, etc. The scholarship can be used for class fees, student materials, and classroom supplies. The intent is to enable children to participate in the visual studio arts who would otherwise not be able to based on financial need.

This summer, 5 students received full or partial scholarship funds to attend The Dixie Summer Camps. It is our hope that we can continue to inspire young artists in our community through Solomon’s scholarship.

For more information on scholarship applications or donations, please contact Laura at



  • All Classes are taught by Candace Gooch-Ward.
  • Registration & Payment are due Monday, January 27, 2020, by 4:00 pm
  • To register for classes, CLICK HERE to view and download the application.
  • For more details, CLICK HERE to view content from our brochure.

Tuesdays, February 4 - March 10, 2020

  • Grades 2nd - 4th //  3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Grades 5th - 8th // 4:45 - 5:45 pm
  • Mud Exhibit: Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 5:30 pm at Mudslingers Studio
  • Children's Pottery Class Fees are $120/ per student/ per session

Tuesdays,  February 4 - March 10, 2020

  • 6:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Mud Exhibit: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 6:00 pm at Mudslingers Studio
  • ​Adult Pottery Class Fees are $170/ per student/ per session


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

  • Disruptive behavior
  • Disregard to instructions
  • Possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or weapons.
  • Disrespect to instructor
  • Financial account not current


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