Pottery by Nan Rothwell


Functional Pottery

Salt Glaze & Stoneware

Pottery Classes and Workshops

Studio Showroom Open Tues – Sat

My pots are made to be used — to enhance the rituals of preparing and eating food, to hold flowers, to light a corner for reading. Making functional work connects me to the age-old tradition of artist craftsmen who make beautiful objects for daily use.

I‘ve been potting since 1969, yet after all these years, I still enjoy every aspect of making pottery, especially throwing and firing.  The alchemy of transforming soft clay into finished pots continues to excite and inspire me.

I offer classes and workshops in my studio, and I also teach at conferences and craft schools.  I had some wonderful teachers when I was first learning to pot, and teaching allows me to pass the favor on.  Drop me a line if you want to know my current teaching schedule.

May 3-4 Workshop – seeking a quorum!

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Finally back on track!

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Things are finally moving along in the studio.  Classes are rolling, despite this week’s surprise snow storm. And although I am not yet putting in long hours as my ankle recuperates, I am getting to play with clay.  Great stuff, clay!

I’ll be teaching at John Campbell Folk School in April and at Touchstone Center for Craft in September.  The Folk School is in Brasstown, North Carolina; Touchstone is in Pennsylvania.  Looking forward to both workshops!

Classes postponed

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I’m grounded with a broken ankle, so have had to postpone my first set of pottery classes and push off my first studio workshop here.  As soon as I am sure of the new start date for classes, I will amend the schedule on the classes page.  Missing clay and my wonderful students!

2014 Class and Workshop Schedule

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Just finished putting together my 2014 class and workshop calendar.  I’ll be offering two slightly longer class sessions (12 week instead of 10) instead of the three sessions of the past few years.  There will be four workshops here, one of them in conjunction with Kevin Crowe.  I’ve put dates and details here on the classes and workshops pages.

Thanksgiving Weekend Show

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Holiday Open House

Thanksgiving Weekend

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

November 30 & December 1

Nancy Maxson and I are hosting our annual Holiday Open House.  Nancy will have her calendars, cards, and paintings, plus her delightful new book “Tasting the Wild Strawberry” published by St Brigid Press. I’ve got a lot of nice new pots on hand, plus some joint projects made with Carter’s woodworking and my pots.   Join us for  refreshments, music and good cheer.  

New Pots! Shows Coming Up!

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I just finished pulling apart the classroom and installing the expanded showroom here.  It’s always a lot of work, but it’s great to have the place looking so clean and fresh.  The showroom will be OPEN DAILY, throughout November and December.  I have posted photos of the showroom in the Pots In My Showroom page of this website.

Here are some shots of last week’s stoneware kiln firing — all my work.  Once we get through the Artisans Studio Tour this weekend, I will be loading and firing a kiln of student pots. Stay tuned for photos of their work.

Stoneware firing November 2013

Stoneware firing November 2013

I am especially pleased with the handbuilt domes (second shelf from the top on the left).  I used paperclay for them, which allowed some nice folding without cracks.  They will sit on top of wooden boards that my husband Carter is making.  They will function this way and can be flipped over to use as a serving bowl.  Here is one of them:

Stoneware dome on wooden board

Countdown to Studio Tour — you might win in our raffle!

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Starting today (Saturday, October 19) The Artisans Studio Tour is hosting a twenty-day promotional raffle.  There are details on the Studio Tour Facebook page.  Twenty different Tour participants have donated work and there is a drawing for one piece each day.  To see what is being raffled, go to the Facebook page.  There you will be directed to this link, where you can sign up for the Studio Tour newsletter.  There are directions on how to enter once you have subscribed to the newsletter.

Penny Sipple and I look forward to showing you our latest work during this year’s Tour on November 9 & 10.  Penny will have her leather bags, I’ll have a lot of new pottery, and our friend Dean Bibb will provide some wonderful baked goods for you to sample.  We’ll be here 10 am to 5 pm both days. Hope you can join us!


Kiln Opening September 14 — at my studio

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Kiln Opening at Nan Rothwell Pottery

September 14

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come see my latest salt firing (almost but not quite) hot out of the kiln.  Like all salt and wood-firings, the pots need to have the wads knocked off and be cleaned before they can go home with you.  So this is a slightly fake kiln opening, in that we’re doing all that to the pots and then sitting some of them back into the kiln so you can see exactly where they were during the firing.  The full firing will be on hand, and it was a good one!   These photos give you a sneak preview of the pots that I’ll be showing, as they were sitting right when we pulled the kiln open…




Saw a great pottery exhibit in Long Melford, Suffolk, England

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Just back from visiting friends in Sudbury, Suffolk.  While there, I saw a wonderful pottery exhibit at the Imagine Gallery — here is a link to the show.  They called it Legacy: An Exhibition of Potters Inspired by Isaac Button, Country Potter.  Splendid pots, displayed beautifully, and the gallery owners were friendly and knowledgeable.  It was everything one could hope for in a gallery show!  Here are snaps of a few of my favorite pots.

A large bread crock by Mark Titchiner.  Note that it is displayed on sand.  I loved the variety of surfaces and imaginative pedestal arrangements in this show.  As a former gallery owner, I admire creative displays.

A set of pitchers by Stephen Parry

I loved this pitcher by Clive Bowen!

And finally a display of work by someone whose name I have forgotten (my apologies!) – perhaps Andrew Crouch?   I lost my notes that went along with my photos, so I think/hope I have attributed the above pots correctly.  I include this photo in part because of the pedestal display.  They had several of these window openings with lighting — a great way to expand and enhance a pedestal!

I came home with a copy of the full Isaac Button video.  If anyone wants to borrow it, get in touch…

Two firings!

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Yesterday was like Christmas Morning times two, with two firings to open.  I fired both the salt and stoneware kilns over the weekend and since the salt is slower to cool, they were both ready yesterday.  The salt kiln was almost all my pots, the stoneware was full of student work.  Photos below.  Look how colorful and creative my students’ pots are!  They are making fine work!

The firing was darker than expected



And here are the student pots:

(apologies for the photo quality — the light in kiln shed was not great late in the day…)