I consider the art of making pottery to be part of my Appalachian heritage. From a young age my parents encouraged my older sister and I to learn how to “throw” at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was most certainly the child who got gold stars for effort behind the pottery wheel but my sister, Katie, really found her niche and she is still working with clay all these years later at Alewine Pottery.
Alewine Pottery is a family owned and operated small business located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee sweetly tucked away on Glades Road. Robert, his family, and their staff make the most beautiful and functional pieces of art in the region.
The pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe as well so there’s no extra work involved in maintenance. They’re the perfect choice for gifts be it a holiday, shower, birthday, or special occasion.
Don’t ask me why but coffee just tastes better in these mugs. The only way to find out what you’re missing is to buy one for yourself!
The latest creation that caught my eye are the face jugs. I’m hoping the holiday theme continues on through Christmas.
And how about these lamps? I’m particularly proud of my sister’s carving ability when I look at her church or cabin scenes on a larger surface area. Her partner, Brandon, is a master mixologist in the glaze room so they make a hell of a pair.
The amount of work that goes into making each piece is hard to believe. The kilns are firing day in and day out at Alewine’s. I was stunned to learn that from start to finish many of the items on the shelves take weeks to complete.
Do any “You, Me, and Tennessee” readers own a piece from Alewine Pottery? To me they are pieces of history as well as art. I can say without reservation that the rich heritage Robert Alewine and his family continue to preserve in the Smokies cannot be miscounted.
***I ask that you forgive me for the blatant nepotism that went into today’s post but on a more serious note… I ask that you make a concerted effort to support the work of artists as often as you can. They make beauty where there once was none.