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Once upon a time...

...a nice couple in Georgia decided to create a pottery store as a retirement project.  They found the old Grandpa Watts gristmill had been closed due to flood damage or "high waters."  They acquired the property, repaired the buildings, set up their studio, remodeled the upstairs into an apartment and opened up Mark of the Potter in 1969.

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And 50 years later...

… we continue to create family traditions! At Mark of the Potter you will experience the intersection of art and nature where local artists produce and sell American made functional pottery. History lives on in this 1930's corn grinding mill that overlooks the Soque River where our "giant" pet trout happily await a feeding from our clients.


We Are Open Year Round

Monday through Sunday

706-947-3440

Summer hours:10am - 6pm



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Original mills along the Soque River were built as early as the 1820’s. In 1928 Robert Watts and his father Allen “Grandpa” Watts purchased the Hill’s Mill property. Grandpa Watt’s knowledge of building and milling proved to be invaluable in the construction of the Watts’ Mill on our current location. This was all during the Depression when times were very lean for everyone. About the only businesses around, so they say, were moonshining and a little saw milling. Although wood sold slowly, the grists mills seemed to grind on steadily.


Matt Henderson   Matt began studying ceramics under John Arnold at The University of Texas, El Paso where he received his Bachelor of Art in 1981. Then in 1986 he completed the Master of Fine Art program at The University of North Texas under Elmer Taylor.  With over 38 years of experience creating pottery and teaching at the university level Matt is still passionate about the craft and art of clay. He still feels there is nothing more gratifying than seeing his pottery being used and enjoyed.

Matt Henderson

Matt began studying ceramics under John Arnold at The University of Texas, El Paso where he received his Bachelor of Art in 1981. Then in 1986 he completed the Master of Fine Art program at The University of North Texas under Elmer Taylor.

With over 38 years of experience creating pottery and teaching at the university level Matt is still passionate about the craft and art of clay. He still feels there is nothing more gratifying than seeing his pottery being used and enjoyed.

Laurey-Faye Dean   Her journey with clay began in 1973 when she began studying with Ursula Vollrath on the shores of Lake Lanier. She followed that with a BFA in 1982 from the University of Georgia in Athens, study at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska in Anchorage from 1982-'84 along with time at Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC in 2002.

Laurey-Faye Dean

Her journey with clay began in 1973 when she began studying with Ursula Vollrath on the shores of Lake Lanier. She followed that with a BFA in 1982 from the University of Georgia in Athens, study at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska in Anchorage from 1982-'84 along with time at Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC in 2002.

Betsy Ledbetter   Betsy began making pots in 1998 when she enrolled in a beginning wheel class at The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. At the time she was doing an Internship with the museum to complete requirements to graduate from The College of Charleston. After graduating, Betsy moved to the North of the state and eventually began commuting to White County where she had the privilege of using the studio of Jessie Meaders to begin cultivating what she had learned in the brief class at The Gibbes.

Betsy Ledbetter

Betsy began making pots in 1998 when she enrolled in a beginning wheel class at The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. At the time she was doing an Internship with the museum to complete requirements to graduate from The College of Charleston. After graduating, Betsy moved to the North of the state and eventually began commuting to White County where she had the privilege of using the studio of Jessie Meaders to begin cultivating what she had learned in the brief class at The Gibbes.

 
Ester Lipscomb   Ester learned to make pottery at UNG Dahlonega she holds an Art Education degree. After teaching art at public school system for a couple of years she spent time living and studying pottery in New York, Colorado, Japan, California and India. In 2008 she returned to North Georgia to pursue pottery full time. She makes functional and Raku pottery . Ester lives in Rabun County with her husband, two kids and a dog.

Ester Lipscomb

Ester learned to make pottery at UNG Dahlonega she holds an Art Education degree. After teaching art at public school system for a couple of years she spent time living and studying pottery in New York, Colorado, Japan, California and India. In 2008 she returned to North Georgia to pursue pottery full time. She makes functional and Raku pottery . Ester lives in Rabun County with her husband, two kids and a dog.


Rachel Staggers   Rachel has been creative all her life including completing schooling at an Arts & Science Academy. Her passion for creativity has led her to channel that into pottery by learning from Matt Henderson, Ester Lipscomb, Mary Weese and Debbie Dowdy to name a few sources.  Having been with   Mark of the Potter   since 2014.

Rachel Staggers

Rachel has been creative all her life including completing schooling at an Arts & Science Academy. Her passion for creativity has led her to channel that into pottery by learning from Matt Henderson, Ester Lipscomb, Mary Weese and Debbie Dowdy to name a few sources.

Having been with Mark of the Potter since 2014.

Talitha LaChine- In-house potter in training   Her talent was fostered by her mother, an artist, and a dedicated and talented art teacher, Beverly Irvin. She studied 3-D sculpture and ceramics under Jenn Graff at the University of North Georgia obtaining an AA before completing a BS in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from Brenau University. Her heart was never far from art or the mountains and she found her way home to feed her soul with the beauty and nature of northeast Georgia.

Talitha LaChine- In-house potter in training

Her talent was fostered by her mother, an artist, and a dedicated and talented art teacher, Beverly Irvin.
She studied 3-D sculpture and ceramics under Jenn Graff at the University of North Georgia obtaining an AA before completing a BS in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from Brenau University.
Her heart was never far from art or the mountains and she found her way home to feed her soul with the beauty and nature of northeast Georgia.