Peder Wilhelm McCanless
Peder Wilhelm (Will) McCanless, a second-generation Seagrove potter, established McCanless Pottery in October of 2006. Prior to opening, Will was trained by his father, Al McCanless, co-founder of Dover Pottery (est. 1983). Today, at McCanless Pottery, Will produces work infused with his own individual and ever evolving style. This work includes:
- zinc silicate crystalline glaze--a glaze which results in crystal formations, on the surface of the pottery, caused by a chemical reaction between the zinc and silica
- hand decorated stoneware--original free-hand painted designs, reminiscent of Italian maiolica, Iznick tile, and Chinese brush decoration
- Seagrove red glaze--a traditional Seagrove glaze originally produced to resemble Chinese copper reduction reds
Complementing his family training, Will has studied ceramics extensively in China, Malaysia, France, Italy, and Great Britain.
In addition to his pottery production, Will stays active in the Seagrove pottery community by serving as a board member of the Seagrove Area Potters Association. SAPA is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote and educate the public about Seagrove and its unique pottery heritage. Will also played and integral role in the creation and orchestration of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, an annual festival established to provide the many potters of the Seagrove area with an opportunity to come together and exhibit their artwork at a common venue. Will serves as the co-chair for this highly successful event.
Will was featured in The Fourteenth Shop, a public television documentary about the McCanless family and their pottery business. His work has been seen in Fara Shimbo's book, Crystal Glazes: Understanding the Process and Materials. He has also been featured in The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove, a book by Charlotte Vestal Brown.
Will has been selected as the Chairman's Choice potter for the 14th Annual Pottery Plus Auction 2009. This event is the FirstHealth of the Carolina's Hospice Foundation's major fundraising event of the year. He has also been invited to exhibit in the Fifth Annual Potters Market Invitational, at the Mint Museum of Art, in Charlotte, NC as well as at The '09 Joze Show in West Sussex, England.
Aside from creating pottery, Will enjoys playing traditional Celtic music at area pubs, outdoor music festivals, performance halls, and the occasional wedding reception. He plays guitar, tenor banjo and octave mandolin.