Pottery News:



Leicester Pottery Studio Tour:

August 16-17, 2014


I am excited to be participating in this year's Leicester Artists Studio Tour which will focus exclusively on pottery this year.  My former apprentice Andrew Stephenson will be here at the pottery in Sandy Mush selling his wares alongside my own.  For more information about Andrew, please visit his website at: Andrew Stephenson Pottery.  For information about the Come to Leicester Pottery Studio Tour, visit: Come to Leicester.



Potters Market Invitational

 Saturday: September 6, 2014

Hard to believe this will be my tenth Potters Market Invitational coming up at the Mint Museum in Charlotte this September!  

I am told that this year the Delhom Service League (event sponsor) is increasing the size of the tent while keeping the number of potters at fifty, so it should feel more spacious.  

It should be a great show, and I hope if you are in the Charlotte area you can come and check it out.

For more information visit: 

Potters Market Invitational




Spring Kiln Opening 2014:

Thanks to everyone who was able to come out to our kiln opening May 31st and June 1st.  We had a great crowd and beautiful weather and excellent sales!  There are still some nice pots here, so if you didn't get a chance to make it out and would like to drop in this summer to see what is available please call the pottery at (828) 683-2705 to make an appointment.




The Book is Finished!

Over a year in the making, I am pleased to announce that the book is finally ready for sale.  This book began with a fundraising campaign to establish a budget of what I could spend for photography, editing, layout and design help and of course printing.  I was able to produce a book of 72 pages with almost as many photographs and have printed 250 copies.  Of that number I have sent out copies to all of the contributors and set aside copies for family and friends, leaving me with 150 to sell.  

What's in the book?  What's it all about?

Great Question.  The book is made up of five essays covering a variety of themes, but its primary focus is to proclaim that potting has endured thus far and is likely to persist even into an unknowable future.  My purpose in writing these essays is to counter the rather bleak outlook of academics and critics who suggest that pottery is over or somehow irrelevant in the twenty-first century.  There is also an essay about clay itself and another about the curious history of face jugs in the Carolinas and North Georgia.  There are several excellent black and white photo essays (photographed by the talented Naomi Johnson) covering my process of making, from mixing clay to turning large pots using a coil and throw method, and decorating and loading and firing the kiln.  And of course there are color photographs (by Tim Barnwell) throughout which feature finished work.

Sounds wonderful, but where can I purchase a copy?

Another great question.  Due to the realtively small number of copies, I will handle all the sales myself.  They will of course be available at my Kiln Openings and at shows I attend, but I will also process orders for online customers.  If you would like to purchase a copy, you can call me with a credit card and shipping address or send me a check in the mail.  The book is reasonably priced at $25, and shipping and handling is $5, so for customers outside NC, the cost is $30.00.  For NC customers I must charge tax, bringing the cost to $31.75.

For credit card sales call: (828) 683-2705                                                                  If you reach my answering machine leave your phone number so I can call you back.   Conduct business with my wife or me, but not my children (even though they sound very mature)

If you want to send a check made out to Jones Pottery along with the address where you would like the book sent, send it to:

Jones Pottery 

209 Big Sandy Mush Rd.

Leicester, NC 28748


Our Holiday Kiln Opening was a huge success this year!

Thanks to all of you for coming out and buying pots from one of the best firings I can remember having.


Last Summer

At The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville