Robbie is the studio potter and Emma, an English Springer Spaniel, is the mascot. Robbie is a classically-trained musician with an emphasis on the music of the Episcopal Church. He is the organist and choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Spruce Pine. He studied at the University of South Carolina under internationally-famed choral conductor, Dr. Arpad Darzas and has held church positions in the Carolinas and Florida. Robbie has always had a passion for being in the kitchen. He enjoys creating new dishes and recreating classic Southern fare. For him, presentation is everything. He now focuses on creating service ware vessels in his studio. Lee Marshall, a Lebanon, Tennessee-based potter, encouraged him in the studio which eventually led him to enroll in classes at the Penland School of Crafts. It was Penland that brought him to Bakersville to open Speckled Dog Pottery.