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.

New Studio!

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I’ve moved into a small studio space at City Clay in Charlottesville. I’ve taken up residence in a great little corner room, sharing it with Scott, who generously agreed to my using half of it.  It’s a lot smaller than what I’m used to, but I have access to all the other spaces at City Clay, so can expand as projects require.

I’m also teaching one class a week at City Clay and will be offering a series of workshops there during the spring and summer.  There are details on the Workshop page of this website.   So after a break in the action, I’ve got my hands back in clay.  Feels great!

Showroom closing as of 12/31/2014

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Today is the final day of my studio showroom here in Nelson County, Virginia.  It’s been great to sell pots on an honor system – doors unlocked, cashbox on the table.  I’ve loved potting and teaching in this studio!  Now we’re on to new adventures — living walking distance from the library; teaching in a busy, thriving pottery complex (City Clay in Charlottesville).  Thanks everyone for many years of support for my pottery and teaching studio.  Stay tuned for the new location of my studio – to be announced when I figure out where I’ll next be making and showing pots…

Who knew?

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This evening I discovered that I was one of the Artisans Center of Virginia’s Master Virginia Artisans for 2014.  A nice surprise!  Perhaps it’s just as well that I spent most of 2014 unaware of my status — it might have given me delusions of grandeur to think of myself as a Master…  Anyway, it’ll be a nice note to end the year on as we pack up the studio showroom at the end of this month.  I’ve been selling my classroom wheels and equipment, which has made the move feel more real.  Still need homes for some of my display pedestals and ware carts.  Please pass the word if you know anyone who might be interested.

And if  you are still looking for holiday gifts, there are quite a few nice pots left in my showroom.  The showroom will be Open Every Day until December 31.

Show this weekend — the last in a long line…

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Nancy Maxson and I will hold our annual Holiday Open House here at my studio.  We’ve done this show together for years, but this will be our final time.  I’m closing the studio at the end of the month.

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 6
10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, December 7
12 noon to 4 pm

A portion of all sales will benefit the Rural Health Outreach Program here in Nelson County, Virginia
Call 434-263-4023 or email Nan@NanRothwellPottery.com for further details



New images of pots in my showroom

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I just finished taking photos of all the current work on display in my showroom.  The showroom will be OPEN DAILY from now until December 31.  Then we’ll dismantle the displays and transform the showroom/classroom into an apartment.  We lived in this half of the building for several years and I made pots in the other half.  Take a look at this final iteration of pots in my showroom.  

Next weekend, December 6 & 7, Nancy Maxson and I will hold our final Holiday Open House together.  Neither of us can remember how many years we’ve shared this show.  A portion of all sales will benefit the Rural Health Outreach Program at the Blue Ridge Medical Center here in Nelson County, Virginia.

Big Changes

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This fall is racing by and I see that once again, I have fallen behind in posting to this website.  There are big changes afoot here at Nan Rothwell Pottery!  We’re closing the studio showroom and classroom as of December 31, 2014 and moving to Charlottesville, Va.   I plan to continue to make pots, working in a yet-to-be-discovered small studio in town and firing here in Nelson County.  I will still be offering classes and workshops, but beginning in January, they will be at City Clay in Charlottesville.  I know we will miss this wonderful place, where we’ve lived and worked since 1978. But we are both excited by the prospect of being able to walk to things and take advantage of town life for a change.

My studio showroom will be Open Daily until December 31.  Nancy Maxson and I will hold our final Holiday Open House here December 6 & 7, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Rural Health Outreach Program here in Nelson County.



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I really enjoyed last weekend’s workshop!  People made some interesting pots!  This photo was taken at the end of three days together.

Some favorite pieces from our three days together

And the website is finally back!

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My webmaster (who also happens to be my son) and his crack team of experts have been trying to figure out why this site was out of commission for the past while.  Not quite sure who fixed it, but I am delighted to have it up and running again!

A great week at John C Campbell Folk School

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Just home from teaching a class at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.  My friend Ann Sollo and  I worked with a group of eleven enthusiastic and talented potters.  Six of them had no prior clay experience, yet everyone ended up making some nice work.  Here is a photo of the group on our last day.  

May 3-4 Workshop – seeking a quorum!

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