Scott Haines, owner and potter of Bridges Street Pottery, initially became interested in pottery at the age of fourteen after watching a pottery demonstration. He began studying books and literature on pottery and practicing what he learned on an old forgotten pottery wheel at his school. All of his spare and stolen moments were spent learning, experimenting and practicing his new found passion. That passion that has lasted more than forty years.
After high school, Scott volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and served with the Thunderbirds while still practicing pottery. He then went on to earn a fine arts degree from Minot State University in North Dakota, receiving the Twyman Art Scholarship, several university juried art show awards and serving as the ceramic classroom studio supervisor. During his four years at MSU, Scott taught pottery at the Minot Air Force Base Art Center and played a major role in the Minot Arts Council's Artist in the Schools and Parks Program.
In 1997, Scott opened Bridges Street Pottery, a gallery and studio. Since then, he has taught pottery at the Carteret Community College, served on the Carteret County Arts Coalition, Art Council of Carteret County board of directors, Carteret County School Systems Visiting Artists Program, Scholastic Art Show Judge and Carteret County Schools Mentor Program. Scott currently teaches pottery by appointment and is partners in Beaufort Tile Works.
Scott Haines specializes in tall pots and vases; pottery made of stoneware and in the tradition of Raku.