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FOR THE LOVE OF CLAY - Working with clay and making pottery is a joyful, messy, woeful, meditative, frustrating, rewarding career adventure. Here we try to present the ins and outs, ups and downs of what this work, and this life, is all about.



60 Mugs - A Pottery Production Video



Close up image of Hamilton Williams throwing a mug on a potters wheel.There is peace to be found in repetition, letting the hands and body fall into familiar rhythms and gestures. Though I love making more interesting work, I do enjoy a return to simple production.

It is often cited that repetition leads to mastery. This is only partly true. Simple repetition with...

Made in NC Awards - Finalist



Image of 2018 Made in NC Award winner products, including pottery, chocolate, clothing, a mountain laurel wood frame, and a cocktail.A couple of months ago, we got a message from our friends over at the City of Morganton Main Street office letting us know that Our State magazine was soliciting entries for this year's Made in NC Awards, a competition that spotlights the best creators, makers, designers, and chefs in North Carol...

Clay-Making Project ~ Part 2



Continuing with our clay making project has us making a wooden form over which to shape some clay troughs. The troughs will be used to hold our 5-lb test batches of clay as they dry out to a working consistency. 


In order to insure that our test batches have the maximum plasticity possible right o...

Clay-Making Project ~ Part 1



Measuring the dry weight of sample clay tiles

After many years of purchasing our clay from regional and national suppliers, we are looking into mixing our own clay blends for the studio. Our first step is formulating and testing clay recipes to see if they will suit our production needs better than the clays we can purchase. 

Why do you need a special clay blend, you ask? Different areas of the world have different types of clay. Kentucky and Tennessee have deposits of clay that have a very fine particle size, referred to as ball clays. Florida offers a very white clay called kaolin. North Carolina has stoneware clays, red earthenware clays, kaolin, and feldspar, which is a material used to help the clay blend vitrify at the proper kiln temperature. The differences in clays come from how they have weathered and combined with other materials differently over time. By blending different clays (and their distinct qualities), potters can produce a clay that has qualities best suited to their production...

Shaping a Small Drape Mold




A neighboring downtown shop, The Natural Olive just few blocks up the street, asked us to start supplying them with some small square dishes to use and sell in the store. So, here is a short video demonstrating how we created a quick drape mold to help us achieve the right shape. We started by casting a square block of plaster over a press board template, and went from there...

Shop Local, Shop Handmade




Shop Hamilton Williams Gallery in downtown Morganton, NC, this holiday season and find unique handmade gifts, made by local and regional artists.

THE MAKING OF... Black & White Sgraffito Plate, Part 3




We are always trying out new things in the pottery studio, and recently Hamilton took an interest in trying out some sgraffito work. Watch as we walk you through the creation of a new design! (3 of 3 parts)

THE MAKING OF... Black & White Sgraffito Plate, Part 2




We are always trying out new things in the pottery studio, and recently Hamilton took an interest in trying out some sgraffito work. Watch as we walk you through the creation of a new design! (2 of 3 parts)

THE MAKING OF... Black & White Sgraffito Plate, Part 1




We are always trying out new things in the pottery studio, and recently Hamilton took an interest in trying out some sgraffito work. Watch as we walk you through the creation of a new design! (1 of 3 parts)

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