Linda Woody

Linda Stowe Woody

As an artistic, Atlanta native, Linda Stowe Woody traversed to the awe inspiring Appalachian Mountains in the early 90s after having practiced as a dental hygienist for over 25 years. The preemptive move set forth a rollercoaster of emotions as the beauty and grandeur of the Appalachians, its rooted and individualistic peoples, their lifestyles of honesty and truth that defined their wide-ranging characteristics, and the folk art that exuded from the area all began to inspire and speak to her in a way that set forth her work as a potter and sculptress. 

Linda started taking community classes in 1992, desiring to hone in on her skills of wheel-throwing, and she began studying under the late Bob Owens at North Georgia College & State University. Building her own studio, christened ‘Coopers Creek Pottery,’ it took on the name of the small community where her farm and studio were evolving.

At Coopers Creek Pottery Studio, she worked many hours and even began inspiring her eldest child, Chandler Collar, to work on the wheel. Participating in art and craft shows such as: The Indian Summer Festival in Suches, GA, Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, GA, and The Apple Festival in Ellijay, GA and more; she meshed into the mountain culture. Linda even began taking courses at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC under many well-known potters to continue to grow and develop. Her deeply inspired handbuilt, realistic face jugs are what she feels is her true gift. Creating a variety of Appalachian inspired moments allow her to capture the slowly disappearing sentiments of the people