About Pocosin Arts

Connecting people to lifelong learning through the arts from our campus in Columbia, NC. All experience levels are welcome.

Pocosin teacher holding a hammer and teaching the boy.

Our Mission

Our creative programs are open to anyone with a desire and passion for making, and participants of all experience levels are welcome. Nationally and internationally recognized artists teach workshops in our well-equipped metalsmithing, ceramics, woodworking, and digital fabrication studios. Our caring and enthusiastic staff help to facilitate your creative journey with us.

Pocosin's campus, studios, and fine craft gallery are located a few steps from the Scuppernong River in Columbia, North Carolina. Surrounded by aromatic cypress trees and a historic downtown, it is an ideal place for a retreat in our residencies, five-day summer workshops, or community classes. We also offer live online workshops year-round for learning from the comfort of home.


Marlene True
Executive Director

Ariel Lesesne
Administrative Manager

Alex Bivens
Development Manager

Communications & Marketing Manager

Ivy Thornburg
Facilities & Grounds

Eliana Arenas
Online Workshop Coordinator

Ann Workman
Online Workshop Coordinator

Cleo Lewis
Woodshop Coordinator

Ceramics Studio Coordinator

Metals Studio Coordinator

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We offer state-of-the-art studios and convenient and comfortable lodging overlooking the Scuppernong River, an ideal place to step back and nurture your creativity.

Local Info

From the beautiful Scuppernong River boardwalk and local restaurants in town, to the beach a short drive from campus, there's plenty of opportunities to take a break from the studio!

Work With Us

Do you have a passion for the arts and want to make it your full or part-time career? Check our job listings for an opening!

Female Pocosin staff

Diversity and Inclusion

Pocosin welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orienation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

Discover with Us

Offering workshops in ceramics, mixed media, metal and more. We have something for everyone, no matter your experience level!

female student sawing a piece of wood.
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