Our stoneware clay comes from a company called Highwater Ceramics in Asheville, North Carolina. The clay itself, however, is mined in several areas, mostly Ohio and Georgia.
Clay is a natural material made up of soil or rock, and is found all over the world in an endless variety of colors and consistencies. At Alewine Pottery, we use a style called stoneware because of its functionality and the bright, vibrant colors we get from the glazes.
Not at all. The clay we use is not hard on our hands in the least. Aside from minor skin drying in the winter months, we’ve never had problems.
Pottery is all about practice. Diligent, patient, and stubborn practice. As a young man, Robert apprenticed with multiple potters in Tennessee and Georgia, but his skill and versatility within the craft comes from countless hours of practice. Pottery is an incredibly difficult craft to master, and Roberts passionate drive and belief in himself kept him from giving up. Those years of dedication and commitment are evident in every piece you find at Alewine Pottery.