Dating blue ridge southern pottery
We have created a working pottery studio and gallery from an old barn on our property.
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from the University of Tennessee.
I've also had my pots displayed in ceramic shows throughout the country.
I am currently a member of the Toe River Arts Council, a local arts group devoted to promoting the arts of our region.
Each piece is made by hand, often altered or assembled off the wheel. Working with the clay’s inherent qualities to make objects that are complimented through the wood firing, Mark creates pots that demand attention and respect.
The first items that the new pottery sold was white ware. Cash said, "I couldn't paint at all..just brushed the finishing paints on them and sold them like they were.
The white ware was obtained by the truckload from several of the Ohio River potteries. Their initial goal was to paint these pieces with iridescent and pearlescent colors. We needed to raise some money with which to get started. In 1945, Ray and Pauline Cash had made enough money from the sale of the white ware to be able to buy a kiln and opened the Clinchfield Artware Pottery.
Just a short drive from both Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, we welcome you to stop by our Gift Shop, take a tour of our Pottery Studio, and take a piece of the Blue Ridge home with you.
Pottery identification has facets — clay color, glaze, shape and decoration are a few — but if you're lucky, the potter or pottery marked the item.