Courtney Long

Instructor of Visual Arts


Joined NCSSM in June 2022

Courtney Long joined the NCSSM-Morganton team in June 2022 as an Instructor of Visual Arts. She received her BFA from West Virginia University in 1999, and on two study-abroad trips to China in 1998 and 2000, she studied wheel-throwing and hand-building methods using porcelain and stoneware along with various decorative techniques. She earned her MFA from Syracuse University in 2004 and completed a curatorial internship at the Everson Museum of Art. She has continued educational experiences from Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina; Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Anderson Ranch in Trelawney, Jamaica; Art School of the Aegean, Samos, Greece; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In 2005, Courtney was appointed Western Piedmont Community College’s Professional Crafts Coordinator in Morganton. She established a formal crafts education degree program in the Unifour area combining business essentials with studio coursework in three genres: pottery, furniture, and sculpture. In 2009, Courtney was named a GlaxoSmithKline fellow with NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues. Currently serving on the Burke Arts Council and Morganton Cultural Arts Commission, she is committed to economic development through “creativity” and collaborates with several local businesses, community leaders and nonprofits to revitalize and expand Burke County’s place-based crafts economy. Courtney lives and creates art on a farm located in the Chesterfield community with her husband, Jeremy, and daughter, Saige, along with horses, chickens, and two spoiled blue heelers. Courtney is a potter, sculptor, and jeweler; she loves creating art, hiking, traveling, glamping, gardening, cooking, and cloud watching. To learn more, please visit

BFA, West Virginia University
MFA, Syracuse University