Ray McWhorter is a retired elementary school teacher originally from north Georgia. For most of his teaching career he taught gifted programs and art. A self-taught potter, Ray has been creating ceramic artwork since 2008. He is inspired by the American Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s. Pottery pieces from well known studios such as Rookwood, Newcomb College, and Weller provide sources of classic shapes and forms. Ray has a strong interest in tessellations and stained glass patterns. These are often reflected in the patterns on his pieces. Stained glass patterns of Frank Lloyd Wright are reflected as well. Ray also creates pieces in colored swirls where the clay is colored with powdered stains and then clear glazed. Ray uses the swirl techniques mastered by the well loved and prolific Georgia potter W. J. (Bill) Gordy.