Jody Stouffer is an art educator with 25 years of teaching experience who currently teaches visual art at Croatan High School. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Art Education from East Carolina University. His medium of choice is ceramics which he developed a love for when he was first introduced to North Carolina pottery in the early 90’s after working with Catawba County potter Richard Kale.
He spent 10 years in the Catawba County area enjoying and learning about the face jugs of the region. He then moved to Sanford, NC where he has collaborated with face jug potters AV Smith of Broadway, Steve Abee of Lenoir and Charlie Lisk of Vale on several projects, made many trips to Seagrove, NC developing relationships with the potters in the Central Piedmont and worked several summers with legendary Sanford potter Neolia Cole.
Jody's awards include 2012 Lee County Schools Teacher of the Year, 2014 North Carolina Art Education Association Secondary Art Educator of the Year and was winner of the 2014 Bascom Fine Arts Center Teacher Challenge. His work has won 3D Best of Show at the 2011 and 2014 Sanford Brush and Palette Art Exhibit in Sanford, NC, was featured at the NC State Fair in 2014 representing Lee County and won an award of merit at the 2019 Art from the Heart Exhibit in Morehead City, NC.
He enjoys creating whimsical pieces that reflect on the traditional southern folk art face vessels of the South. When not creating artwork, Jody resides in Ocean, NC with his wife of 23 years Melissa, his 12-year-old daughter Savannah, his mother Linda and dog Ernie.