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 at City Clay in Charlottesville, where I have my current studio.  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.

2017 Spring/Summer Workshops at City Clay in Charlottesville

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Here’s the schedule:

May 6-7 – Take Your Throwing to the Next Level
A two-day hands-on workshop designed to focus on projects and techniques you are interested in pursuing. Projects will be set by the group, but may include multi-part pieces, thrown in sections; texturing using wiggle-wires and carving; altering thrown components into new forms, and adding thrown feet and pedestals to leather-hard bowls.

June 17-18 – Beyond Round: Altering Thrown Forms
A two-day, hands-on throwing workshop focused on extending thrown forms beyond the circle. Projects will include multiple ways to alter thrown components into new shapes; throwing multi-part pieces by adding rings of clay; texturing using wiggle-wires and carving; and adding thrown feet and pedestals to leather-hard forms.

July 22-23 – Cylinders, Cylinders, Cylinders
A two-day hands-on workshop designed to focus on multiple projects made from cylinders.  Everyone will make a lamp and will go home with lamp hardware to wire one of your lamps, plus printed instructions with tips about wiring. Other projects may include multi-part pieces, thrown in sections; and texturing using wiggle-wires and carving.

August 19-20 – Take Your Throwing to the Next Level
A two-day hands-on workshop designed to focus on projects and techniques you are interested in pursuing. Projects will be set by the group, but may include multi-part pieces, thrown in sections; texturing using wiggle-wires and carving; altering thrown components into new forms, and adding thrown feet and pedestals to leather-hard bowls.

Workshops are at City Clay — 700 Harris Street in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We’ll work from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm both days, with frequent breaks for food and demos.  Participants should be able to center clay and throw a cylinder.  Workshop fees of $220 cover snacks and instruction.  You may purchase clay from City Clay or bring your own.  Please bring packing material to transport your leather-hard pieces. Register through the City Clay website or by phoning 434-293-0808.  If you have specific questions about the workshops, feel free to call me at 434-263-4023 or email me at Nan@NanRothwellPottery.com.

Join me during the Artisans Studio Tour – November 12 & 13

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Happy Election Day!

This is a reminder about the Artisans Studio Tour this coming weekend – November 12 & 13.  Join me this coming weekend at Mary Beth Bellah’s studio (#15) during the 22nd Annual Artisans Studio Tour.  Twenty-three area artisans will open their studios, where they will be joined by guest artisans from around Virginia.  In all, forty-two people will show their work.  The Tour runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm this weekend, November 12 & 13.

Mary Beth Bellah is a quilt artist whose work involves a combination of cotton, wire, recycled elements and thread. According to Mary Beth, she has quite a broad interpretation of the word ‘quilt.’ Her pieces, which can be freestanding or wall-mounted, have always intrigued and delighted me, and I am excited by the prospect of spending the weekend with her in her studio. You can preview her work at her website –  MaryBethBellah.com  Mary Beth’s studio (Number 15 on the Artisans Studio Tour map) is about three miles south of Charlottesville, just off Route 29.  A map, directions, and other details about the Artisans Studio Tour are all at Artisanstudiotour.com

I’ll be showing pots from the final firings in my old Nelson County salt and stoneware kilns.  I got lucky with the last firings, and have some great new pots for the Tour.  Those kilns have been dismantled into piles of bricks and materials, awaiting reconfiguration as new kilns for some local pottery friends.  Meanwhile, Carter and I are buying a house in Charlottesville, and making plans for a new studio and kiln there.  For now, I’m potting in my City Clay studio and also teaching classes there. With luck, my new kiln will be up and running sometime next Spring. Details and photos of the new place will follow.

If you can’t make it to the Studio Tour, you will have another chance to see my newest work during City Clay’s Annual Holiday Open House at City Clay on November 19 & 20 (the weekend following the Studio Tour). The Holiday Open House runs 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. I’ll be there all day on Saturday.  The weekend display features work by teachers, staff, members and students at City Clay. There are directions and details at Cityclaycville.com

And finally, if neither of those weekends work, you’re welcome to drop by City Clay any time to see my ongoing display of work.  Just look for the white cube shelf in the throwing classroom.

Glazing workshop at City Clay Plus a great bargain on a kiln for sale

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This coming weekend, I’ll lead a three-day workshop on Glazing and Decorating at City Clay in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Someone just had to drop out, so there is one open space available.  Contact City Clay  for details.

Also, my friend Roger Rood, who makes wonderful pots, has a kiln for sale. I went to see it this week and it’s a fine-looking kiln. He had it built in South Africa and moved it to Virginia. It’s at his former studio in Buckingham, Virginia.

Here are the details:
60 Cu.Ft. Propane-Gas Downdraft Shuttle Kiln (Car Kiln).
Factory (custom) made by Kiln Contracts.
Dimensions approx: 6 ft. 6 in. H x 6 ft. W x 7 ft. 6 in. D
Moveable by forklift on a palette via flatbed truck.
Lightly used for only 18 firings (very good condition).
Fires evenly to Cone 12.
6 inspirating burners.
Fiber module-insulated walls.
Brick trolley-bed, kiln floor, door jamb and chimney.
Insulated double-walled steel and fiber-insulated chimney extension.
Double-hinged, steel-framed and sheet metal clad kiln door.
Steel angle-iron framed kiln with sheet metal cladding.
Steel trolley-track and trolley-bed frame and wheels.
Located in Buckingham Virginia.
Sale includes 5 door bungs and 5 spare bungs.
2 thermocouples, pyrometer and gas regulator.
Silicon carbide shelves (see details below).
Hard-brick shelf props (see details below).
This kiln is top of the line quality and a reliable piece of equipment for the serious studio potter or teaching studio. It is easy to load, and has yielded some amazing results. This kiln has always been kept and fired indoors. I am selling it as I am relocating and am no longer active in the business. To order this kiln new today (alone without shelves or kiln furniture) would cost around $ 15,000 (factory quote from last year).
Sale price: $ 3,000. (Delivery not included). This includes 42 silicon-carbide shelves (23.5″ x 14.5″x 5/8”). and hundreds of shelf props in 8 different sizes. This is a great opportunity for someone setting up a production, or teaching studio.
Contact Roger rogrood@gmail.com for more information and photographs.

Fun workshop this weekend at City Clay

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We had a great weekend together at City Clay.  Everyone stretched into larger and more complex forms.  Steve Palmer, who took these photos, taught me a new way to make platters.  All in all, it was a blast!

Two more weekend workshops to go this summer — a three-day session on glazing and decorating in July and another throwing workshop in August.  Details and signup available on the City Clay Website.

Show this weekend – April 23-24 – In Woodstock, Virginia

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This coming weekend! I am looking forward to showing my pots with my friends Becky Garrity and Kary Haun. Come see our work this weekend in Kary’s Woodstock, VA studio. Come to 402 North Main Street and then follow the signs to the studio access on East North Street. We will be there 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24.

Link to studio and Nelson County pictures

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In response to requests for images of our Nelson County property, I have put the webpage about the studio back online, so people can see photos of the building and kilns.  Here is the link.   The information on that page is out of date in that it invites visitors to come see the showroom, which is no longer open.  Here is what the studio classroom/showroom look like since we converted them into an apartment.



Pottery studio and house for sale in Nelson County, Virginia

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We have decided to sell our Nelson County, Virginia property at 221 Pottery Lane, and I’m trying to spread the word among potters as the sale includes two wonderful car kilns built by Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders, plus a great setup for teaching and retail sales.  We have consulted with a friend who is a realtor, and who will list the place for us if I can’t find a potter to buy it.  The place is 28 acres (more or less, depending on how the river has moved) almost all of it is a big open field with the Rockfish River as its bottom edge.  There is a great swimming hole and a rookery of great blue herons.  It’s a lovely spot near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The house is a passive-solar design called an envelope house.  It’s about 2200 square feet and has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, plus living room, kitchen and upstairs office/den.  We built it in 1982.  It’s full of wonderful woodworking — cherry, walnut, mahogany.  We built the studio in 1977.  It has two rooms, plus a bathroom and loft area, and is about 900 square feet.  There’s also a large kiln shed, connected to the studio by a ramp.
There are some nice photos of the house at www.houseonpotterylane.com – a website we put together for our AirBnB and VRBO rental of the place.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them to me at Nan@NanRothwellPottery.com.  

Show tomorrow at City Clay!

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A photo from my friend Steve Palmer of my display shelf at City Clay.  I’ll be there all day, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, taking part in our annual Holiday Show.

Show at City Clay during September

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My friend Steve Palmer, potter and photographer extraordinaire, took some great photos of the show I just put up at City Clay in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The show Simply Functional: Celebrating the Everyday Pot will be up September 8 – October 3, with an opening reception on Friday, September 11 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Here are Steve’s photos from the show:

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Throwing workshop at City Clay

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I’m offering a two-day workshop this coming weekend at City Clay in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The last City Clay workshop was a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to this one.  Details are on the workshops page.