Rob Withrow of Brasstown, NC creates face jugs & "fun"tional pottery with his wood fired kiln.

Visit My Showroom

Smoke in the Mountains Pottery Studio Showroom is now open!

Come on down to Brasstown and see the studio and the wood kiln. Purchase fine crafted pottery right from the source.

Located at:

146 Jenkins Branch
Brasstown NC 28902

Take Dog Branch Rd. all the way to the end of the road and follow the pottery signs.

Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

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Roadtrip! I’m headed to Antioch, Illinois today! Jill Tortorella of Antioch Pottery is hosting a workshop with me. If you are in the area, come join in the fun. See below for details:

Jill says:

Antioch Pottery proudly presents a workshop with Rob Withrow. Rob is a personal hero of mine and is traveling here from Brasstown, North Carolina where he owns Smoke in the Mountians Pottery. Watch thrown vessels manipulated into crazy character jugs that Rob is most know for. Rob is a master at folk art face jugs and beautiful wood fired pottery art. He learned and also teaches at the John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Please sign up to attend, you won’t be disappointed! Cost is $65 and includes lunch, make payment to Jill Tortorella at 25942 W Heart O Lakes Blvd Antioch, IL 60002 or call 847-852-0636. Don’t miss out – Sign Up TODAY!!!!!

Rob in the wood kiln. Photo by Jill Tortorella.

Rob in the wood kiln. Photo by Jill Tortorella.

Pots unloaded from Wood Fire XIII

Pots unloaded from Wood Fire XIII

Pots are loaded.

Pots are loaded.

My 13th firing in the Wood Kiln was the best one yet. We unloaded the kiln on March 15, 2015 and boy were the pots glowing!

It’s been a hard road but I stuck with it, and by golly the community came forth and helped me all along the way. I fired it nine times unsuccessfully. A weaker man would have caved or a smarter man would have stopped, but I kept going and here we are! The community came together and knew I was having problems. We put a new chimney on it and it works like a charm now. It’s a third of the wood, and a third of the time.

Piggy from Wood Fire XIII

Piggy from Wood Fire XIII

We fire it up for 28 hours!

We fire it up for 28 hours!

We had about 700 pots and me and these folks had pots this time around: Harry and Julie B. Hearne (Turning Point Clay Studio, Brasstown, NC), Ted Cooley and Hannah Levin Cooley (Winding Stream Studio, Brasstown, NC), Walter Aberson and Joyce Branch (Concord, NC), Evan Allhands (The Allhands Pottery, Cinncinatti OH) Maya Hamilton (Heritage Vision Creations, Brasstown, NC), Dick Aunspaugh (Young Harris, GA), and Ian my current apprentice who is completing a High School exit project.

I can’t wait for #14!

Unbricking the kiln after it has cooled for 5 days.

Unbricking the kiln after it has cooled for 5 days.

The community helps to unload the kiln, fire brigade style.

The community helps to unload the kiln, fire brigade style.

We got over 700 amazing pots from one firing!

We got over 700 amazing pots from one firing!

Seagrove Pottery Festival

November 23rd-24th is the 32nd annual Sea Grove Pottery Festival in Seagrove, North Carolina. Smoke in the Mountains Pottery will be there sharing our “fun”tional wares. Be sure to pay a visit for a few fun laughs together.

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Come check us out in Dillsboro, NC at the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival happening Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-4pm! We’ll be there showcasing some of your favorite pottery while displaying some new pieces and big face jugs!

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Folk Festival

Come check out our pottery the first weekend in October at the Brasstown Folk School Festival. There will be much fun and dance for all ages and family. See you there!

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Rob Withrow standing with a huge Face Jug in his Brasstown, NC studio

Rob will be hosting a Face Jug Party at The Bascom, a Center for The Visual Arts in Highlands, North Carolina. Don’t miss out so sign up now for the party-class by following this link! Check out the details below.

Face Jug Party – Rob Withrow – Smoke In The Mountains Pottery
Monday, May 27th – Fraiday, May 31st 2013
The Bascom, Highlands, North Carolina

Description: Face jugs, face mugs, ring jugs, bird—fun, fun, funtional! We will make all kinds of faces on different forms. You will learn an easy way to make jugs. We will also double and triple the height by stacking sections. Can’t turn a jug? Rob will make one and you put on the face!

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