South Charlotte

New coordinator brings fire to studio

Greg Scott was headed for the Marine Corps after high school when an influential public schoolteacher showed him his passion and calling.

So instead of joining the military, Scott ended up in art school, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in painting from East Carolina University.

Scott, 41, a ceramicist and painter in Charlotte, is now on board in April as the new art studio coordinator for the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, where his duties officially begin after the start of the church's new fiscal year.

For now, he volunteers, having chosen to be a stay-at-home dad before the opportunity at the Cornwell Center. Scott is married to another local artist: Adrienne Dellinger, executive director of Clayworks, a ceramic arts education organization. The couple's children are Quinn, 6, and Grace, 9.

The Cornwell Center offers various programs for all ages, geared toward wellness of body, mind and spirit. The center is open to church members and the community at large, with different fee structures.

The center's art studio features five pottery wheels, a kiln, easels and more.

"I think that's probably one of the big secrets of the Cornwell Center, is that it has an art facility," Scott said.

Children and adults may take classes at the studio. In his role as studio coordinator, Scott will teach subjects like advanced ceramics and also order supplies, manage safety issues and oversee equipment repairs for the studio.

Scott lived in Macon, Ga., before his family's relocation to Charlotte in 1980. He went to South Mecklenburg High School and Central Piedmont Community College before studying at East Carolina.

Visiting places like the Mint Museum contributed to his desire to know more about art.

Scott's late grandmother, Pearl, of Lizella, Ga., fired some of his earliest interest in art: She was involved in diverse pursuits, working as a civilian employee of Robins Air Force Base at Warner Robins, Ga., and running a dairy farm.

But Pearl also took up ceramics after her dairy business ended. At the time, "I never perceived her as an artist," Scott said.

"It was just what she did."

After his grandmother's death, Scott inherited the contents of her art studio. He kept items of sentimental value and donated the rest to a Charlotte retirement community with a clay studio onsite.

What is it like with two parents in the house who are artists?

Scott said his children demonstrate a good sense of visual and spatial orientation.

"They both exhibit some sort of exposure to the arts," he said. Art "is a holistic discipline for me," said Scott.

"I don't separate my artistic expression from my home values. It's all integrated, for the most part."

The public may see examples of Scott's work inside FABO Café on Selwyn Avenue, or along Central Avenue near the Briar Creek bridge or, soon, in the gallery at Clayworks.