With autumn comes pottery sales at many locations in Georgia and elsewhere, including North Carolina, where an annual pottery sales is being planned in the Blackburn community, according to the Hickory Record on Sept. 27.
North Carolina pottery artist Andrew Stephenson may not be showing his wares at that particular sales but you can always drop in and see him and cut a deal at his studio located at 121 Middle Oaks Drive in Rutherfordton, N.C.’
But you better beat me there first. And don’t forget to ask him when he will be firing up his kiln again, so you can see him in action.
AJS Pottery is owned by Andrew Stephenson, shown here working with his kiln to create more beautiful pottery works for purchase. Stephenson is a local southern artist who shows his wares at art and craft shows as well as in his own studio.
Making pottery is truly an art form and not all pottery artists can boast the skill and talent it takes to create pottery that is also a work of art.
Glazed pottery gifts
This eye-catching glazed pottery plate from Andrew Stephenson Pottery in North Carolina is a one-of-a-kind gift. So those looking for objects that are both useful and beautiful for the home may want to visit this artists’ website online at ajspottery.com
The wood fired stoneware begins with a recipe that requires 30 gallons of water and other ingredients.
Wood fired pottery
In addition to using 30 gallons of water and other ingredients to create his clay mixture, Andrew Stephenson then mixes it all up with a drill before pouring the mix into drying racks, which have to sit for four weeks before the next phase in the creation process.
Knowledge about the creation process makes it more understandable why pottery created by individuals (instead of mass assembly lines in a production plant), might cost more. But the end result is worth it.
Carolina folk pots
Carolina folk pots and folk pots from England are Stephenson’s specialties and focus at his Carolina studio. He enjoys giving his pottery a look not often found elsewhere among his peers, and he prides himself on offering top quality merchandise that will last the user a long time if they take care of it.
Intricate details are hand painted onto the surfaces of the folk pots created by AJS Pottery. Pictured here is a perfect example of a pot that appears to have been painted by a machine rather than a man’s hand.
Detailed work like this helps Stephenson continue to enjoy business success and repeat customer interest. That’s why you should consider viewing his website today, since he will soon be offering some pots for sale for the Christmas season, and you will want to take advantage of any discounts made by him now.