Steve White was born in Paso Robles, California. He received his B.S. at the University of Florida and attended Emory University School of Medicine. He was a major in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Steve completed his surgical residency and practiced general surgery in Statesboro, Georgia for twenty-one years. Upon retiring from medicine, he completed the comprehensive baking and pastry program at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.
A long time collector of ceramics, in 2005 he began a program of study with many notable North American artists. He completed an eight-week functional and decorative salt and soda-firing clay course at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Steve is interested in atmospheric firing, using oxidation and reduction in a propane-fueled brick kiln, spraying liquid soda carbonate and salt on 2300 degree pots to create decorative surface effects. This type of firing imparts an uncertain surface on each pot, causes flashing and orange peel design, softens the colors and generally gives rise to a darkening on one side of the pot and a warm glow on the other. Using salt and soda encourages the potter to emphasize form and while some glazes are used, earth tones from clay slips are more the norm. Results can be serendipitous and non-reproducible.
His goal is to create simple, clean functional pots that can be used in the kitchen or for occasional ornamentation. He has a studio in Bluffton,SC and in Bakersville, NC.