Pottery Shops in Southern West VirginiaJuly 13, 2020
With scenic natural landscapes and culturally rich small towns, it’s no question where Southern WestVirginia’s artists find their inspiration. From painting to printmaking, murals to mosaics, their work comes in many forms. One beloved type of art that can be found throughout the state, and Southern West Virginia, is pottery. Here are some of our favorite pottery shops in our region.
Located halfway between Fayetteville and Summersville, Gauley River Pottery is a one-stop shop for appealing and practical ceramics. In addition to signature items and glazes for sale, Gauley River Pottery also has demonstrations and a full showroom of functional, finished work. This whitewater-inspired pottery from the mountains of Southern West Virginia, with signature glazes titled “Gauley Green” and “New River Nights,” is the perfect souvenir for your time spent on the river. Visit their Facebook page for a full product list.
Found in the heart of the artistic town of Lewisburg, Harmony Ridge Gallery showcases an eclectic group of American artists and makers. The gallery specializes in fine and diverse jewelry, garden art, ceramics, unique clocks and more. The pottery items available range from vases and ceramic bowls to platters and mugs. Each item’s design is unique and eye-catching, such as the range of fruit-inspired mugs and friendship vases. Check out the designs for yourself on their website.
Known as The Best of West Virginia, Tamarack is an artisan center featuring works by West Virginians. From textiles and jewelry to glass and woodwork, Tamarack showcases creativity in many forms. The pottery section does not disappoint, either. Find bowls, mugs, butter dishes, kitchenware and other pieces among the collection. These one-of-a-kind wares, crafted by the state’s best potters, make for the perfect gift for a friend or yourself! Plan a trip to Tamarack and browse some of the best art in the state.
The next best thing to collecting pottery is painting your own! Stop by The Pottery Place in Beckley for a day of creative fun. With over 300 bisque pieces, choosing what to paint is the hardest part. Pick from practical, everyday-use items like coffee cups and picture frames or unique signature items like unicorn and dinosaur figurines. Once you’re finished painting, your creation will be baked in their kiln. This process takes about a week to complete, but then the pottery is officially yours! The Pottery Place is now offering pottery to-go and mobile events. Find out more information on their website.
Pottery has a captivating charm, and Southern West Virginia is lucky enough to have some talented studios producing beautiful pieces. Where do you like to get your local pottery?