Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mark of the Potter

What does a potter without a studio do? They visit other pottery studios and galleries. I am looking for suitable places to sell my pottery in the future and hoping to make connections with other local potters. So that's what we did today. We took a drive near the town of Clarkesville up Highway 197.

What an incredible place to have a pottery shop. The Mark of the Potter overlooks and over hangs the Soque River in North Georgia. The parking lot had signs saying no fishing and we wondered why. I thought those fishing would take up shopper's parking spaces. I was wrong, please read further to find out why.

 The old grist mills turned into a pottery gift shop was chock full of wonderful pieces of pottery. There was something wonderful about pots displayed on what I'd call a plant stand.

What a great use of an old wagon wheel. The wheel was huge; I couldn't imagine how much it might weigh.

After we looked at all the pottery and the remains of the grist mill no longer in operation, we went on the back deck to get a closer look at the stair step falls nearby. The river looks suitable for fly fishing and Gary is hoping to give it a try once we get settled. We learned of Blackhawk Fly Fishing that gives lessons and tours.

I glanced down in the water and what did I see? Huge trout, browns, brook, and rainbows galore. Each trout was at least two feet long.

Behind me I noticed a fish food dispenser where fish pellet could be purchased for 25 cents. That's why they didn't want anyone fishing. The trout near the pottery are accustomed to being fed by and; fishing for them wouldn't be good sport there.

We had a great time visiting and I am longing to get back to pottery real soon. In the meantime if you know of any upcoming clay workshops within driving distance of here, especially clay sculpture or hand building, please let me know. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. A good gallery is a gift. I hope you find one-or two-or three.

  2. Reminds me of where the Truckee empties out of Lake Tahoe. Trout as long as my arm stacked up like cordwood.

  3. Hi Linda...I am not sure where you are hiding out in N. GA, but if you're near I-85, it's just a few hours from the GA line up to Black Mountain, NC. (Our teaching studio is winding down and will only be open another week before holiday vacation time).

  4. That gallery was stunning. And I like them feeding the trout too.
    A studio for you has to be getting closer now. Which is excellent.

  5. All of those well-fed fish must be producing lots of descendants to enrich the river in other areas. I think you are "jones-ing" to get back to making pottery!

  6. I have been catching up on all your past blog posts...and have visited some wonderful places. Have you found a house yet? I am looking forward to seeing your pottery. I bet you have a lot of inspiration to get started again.

  7. not sure what happened to my comments.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, so far I have found quite a few to add to my list.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, I have been to that part of the Truckee many times, you are so right.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, we are near Cleveland/clarkesville and it took us almost 4 hours to drive to Penland one way, may have to wait and make an overnighter to your area.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, the studio was delayed for two weeks more about that soon, can't wait.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, oh yes jonesing for sure.

    Hi Dee, thanks, we have made an offer and hope to close soon, more later.


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