14 local ceramic makers + where to make your own in Birmingham

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Some people marvel at food or cars. I marvel at locally made art! Photo via Mudtown Pottery’s Facebook

Here at Bham Now, we’re all about supporting local businesses and makers. Since many of us are looking to revamp our spaces, why not start with handmade dishware, ceramics and pottery? Check out these 14 local makers throwing it down on the potter’s wheel to bring us beautiful ceramics.

1. Civil Stoneware

Civil Stoneware sells handmade ceramics and pottery that brings visual artistry to your table.

I’ll take one of each, please! Photo via Civil Stoneware’s Facebook

2. Susan Gordon Pottery

Known as one of Etsy’s top sellers and the maker of the iconic wavy bowls, Susan Gordon makes timeless creations of handcrafted, modern and refined detail.

Susan Gordon opened her first storefront in Homewood last year. Make sure to check it out. Photo via Susan Gordon Pottery’s Facebook

3. Green Mountain Ceramics

Fun and colorful contemporary designs on porcelain and stoneware pottery.

Spice up your cabinet with this colorful, playful designs. Photo via Green Mountain Ceramics’ Facebook

4. Michelle Leach Pottery

Michelle Leach is a local potter who creates handmade ceramic wares finished with her own personal glaze recipe. Each piece perfectly imperfect whether that be fingerprints left in the clay, slight variations or wobbly lines.

I’m all for showing a little Magic City pride. Photo via michelleleachpottery.com

5. Janna Phillips

Meet Janna—a Birmingham-based painter and ceramic artist. When she’s not busy painting, she creates functional pottery using white stoneware and porcelain clay.

Clean, fresh and simplicity at its finest. Photo via Janna Phillips Art’s Facebook

6. Prodigal Pottery

Prodigal Pottery makes beautiful art with a cause. Pieces are handmade by women fleeing homelessness, domestic abuse and sex-trafficking. They work directly with King’s Home, a women’s shelter outside of Birmingham.

Prodigal Pottery. Ceramic Soap Dish. 15 dollars each. Photo submitted

7. Evelyn Canne Ceramics

Evelyn Canne Holladay makes pottery with the user in mind. Her work is inspired by different environments, landscapes, architecture and human anatomy.

Organic, whimsical designs for the win. Photo via Evelyn Canne Cermaics’ Facebook

8. Elemental Designs by Alice

The elements of nature play an integral role in the creation of Alice’s designs with a careful mixture of earth and water, dried by air and solidified with fire to seal the deal.

I need this piece ASAP. Photo via Elemental Designs by Alice’s Facebook

9. Made by Marika

Marika Austad is a small-batch ceramic artist who enjoys all aspects of ceramics, especially hand thrown pottery. Her latest work focuses on contemporary, functional pottery using organic and geometric shapes.

A little escape to the mountains isn’t too far away after all. Photo via @made.by.marika on Instagram

10. Tena Payne

Tena Payne is the founder of Earthborn Pottery. You may have spotted some of her work in local businesses like Hot and Hot Fish Club, Alabama Power and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Let’s just say her earth-toned, hand-thrown pottery has caught the eye of many.

We recently just shared five different ways Earthborn Pottery’s wheel class will boost your mood. If you’re looking for a creative outlet, there are several classes available during August.

You read that right. Tena’s designs have caught the eyes of many. Photo via Earthborn Studios, Inc’s Facebook

11. Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith has been making pottery for about 20 years. Her pottery uses gorgeous textures and richly-layered colors.

I could close my eyes, choose one and be completely happy with any piece. Photo via @mudmamadesigns on Instagram

12. Lee Anne Jones of LAClayworx

Lee Anne Jones makes funky, eclectic and unique handmade creations. Many of her designs are inspired by Spanish heritage and Day of the Dead.

13. Rachel Letcher

Rachel Letcher makes small-batch ceramics for every part of your home. Whether it’s a pot for your plant, mug for your coffee or a set of new dishes, you can bet she probably makes it.

Rachel Letcher’s pop-up at Filter Coffee Parlor. Photo via @i.may.studio on Instagram

14. Mudtown Pottery

Beth Smith of Mudtown Pottery creates handmade, functional pottery for everyday life.

Do getting new ceramics make you feel like you’ve got life figured out? No? Just me? Photo via Mudtown Pottery’s Facebook

Where to make your own pottery in Birmingham

Now it’s your turn. Hopefully, this article gave you a bit of inspiration to give pottery and ceramic making a try. If you’re ready to let your creative sparks fly, here’s three places to take a pottery class, including:

Who are some of your favorite local ceramic + pottery artists? Let us know on social @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

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Chaise Sanders
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