Mark of the Potter
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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.


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


Summer hours:10am - 6pm


Workshop 9-14

Laurey-Faye Dean and Rachel Staggers will teach us you how to carefully carve and apply a clay stem on a hand-thrown clay pumpkin. Our potters will prep your individual works of art for the bisque kiln before glazing it and finally placing them into our “the beast” kiln for you to enjoy or gift.

Limited space, children welcome with adult supervision only.


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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.