|9982 Hwy 197 North|
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Open 7 days a week!
facebook 10-5 pm Jan-Mar
10-6 pm Apr-Dec
Here are some of the most often asked questions.
|Have you been here before?||Oops! That's what we usually ask you when you walk in the door at Mark of the Potter. Next...|
|Where's the water wheel?||This version of the grist mill was built using a tub wheel to drive the grind stone directly and a turbine to drive the accessories inside such as the conveyors, fans, corn sheller, pea sheller and hammer mill.|
|Who is Mark?||There is no "Mark" as in an individual person. So we take turns being Mark... Just kidding!|
"Mark" is what potters and other artists use to distinquish their work from anothers. They create and use a distinctive "mark" on their work to show they dun it. According to John LeRowe that is all he and Glen were thinking when they decided on the name for "Mark of the Potter." You can look at our Potter's page to see the "marks" of our current potters.
|Can you order online?||No. Sorry. Because every piece of pottery in Mark of the Potter is hand made by individual artists, our inventory is constantly changing. The potters not only make many similar things, they also make many different things. It would take a whole other staff just to keep up with the rapid changes and resultant data entry that would require. We tried barcoding with a computer system and well, the results weren't pretty.|
|Do you get your clay out of the river?||No.
Because we do a high heat firing for our stoneware at Mark of the
Potter (cone 10 or near 2400 F.) the actual mineral and other contents
of the clay and it's overall consistency and predictability is very
important. Therefore we have a supplier mix a MotP custom blend
for us and buy it by the ton. Another factor is that the
clay's properties work with our custom glaze formulas. We used to
mix our own clay.|
In the past is was common for a potter or pottery to locate at a particular spot near a river where a mass of suitable clay was found.
|Do you fire your pottery in a microwave?||No. But once the pottery is finish fired in an electric kiln or our gas kiln it is safe to use in a microwave.|
|Why does it take so long to make an order?||The
process of making stoneware requires many steps and they all take
varying amounts of time. For example, the clay must be wedged first and
then thrown or otherwise shaped into the piece the potter is making.
If it has a handle or other "accessories" like for a mug, pitcher
or tea pot then it must dry overnight to become "leather hard" before
the extras are applied. Then trimming and cleaning up.
After that the piece must dry for days or even weeks, depending
on how big the piece is and the weather/humidity before it is bisque
After bisque firing the piece is solid enough to be handled more and glazed. When enough pottery has been made and glazed to fill up the gas kiln we load up the kiln and cook 'em.
As the potters are always taking special orders, some bigger than others, some may already be ahead in the que to be fired making some pieces wait until the next kiln firing or the next. It is all dependent on time and space available.
|How much to throw a line in and fish?||How much you got? It'll take that and quite a bit more and then we can start talking about it. LOL|
Rumor has it that years ago one feller just wouldn't take "no fishin'" for an answer. I heard that after the DNR and the Sheriff got done with him it cost him his truck and several thousand dollars. And he didn't get any fish either. I'm just sayin'.
|Why can't I fish here?||Because
Mark of the Potter owns both sides of the river and we do not allow
fishing so they can grow, spawn and help restock the river.
Several rivers in Georgia have been declared non-navigable.
The Soque river is one of those rivers. The property owner
can control access to their section of the river. This means you
can't simply walk up the middle of the river without tresspassing.
Most of the property along the Soque river is privately owned so
we're not the only ones. Most of the Soque river is protected like this. Some areas even more so.|
|Where can I fish?||Two
miles down Scenic Hwy 197 from Mark of the Potter in the area of
Jackson bridge there is a section of the Soque river that flows through
forest service land. Public access is allowed in that area.
There is also Wildcat Creek north of Mark of the Potter also off
Scenic Hwy 197 just past the Wildcat Creek Fire Department. Don't
forget your fishin' license and trout stamp!|
There are some other places to fish trophy sized fish as well where they take good care of their fish, property and clients. Try Blackhawk Fly Fishing, Riverside Trout Pond, Moccason Creek if your young enough or old enough and Brigadoon.
|Why can't I feed the fish when it's hot?||Mountain
stream trout are cold water fish so they depend on the water
temperature being within a certain range. As the water heats up
it's capacity to hold oxygen is reduced. With less oxygen in the
water the trout become stressed. About 68 degrees F. is the
breaking point for the Brook, Rainbow and Brown trout. |
At or above 68 F. there is too little oxygen in the water for the fish to be active and they will naturally become dormant to save energy. If we fed the fish when they should be takin' it easy, they would use up their energy getting the food but then could not digest the food. It would be like they had asthma, got excited and couldn't breathe at all. That makes them so sick that they die and quickly.
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We'll have more questions and answers later.
We are the oldest craft shop in the same location in Georgia. For 43 years now we have endeavered to provide the best functional stoneware by our own potters and from some specially selected potters around the southeast and U.S.A.
All of our pottery is food safe using only lead-free glazes and clays. Microwave safe and most are oven safe too. They can be washed in the dishwasher or as some customers prefer, hand washed.