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

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Woodfire XIII

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 forĀ #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!

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Gearing up for a WOODFIRE!

The next Smoke in the Mountains Wood Firing is planed for September 25th. The studio is buzzing with activity as everyone is creating pieces to put in the wood kiln. Also, there are some huge 6ft+ jugs we are excited to see fired and glazed for this event. Come pay a visit at the studio in Brasstown anytime to see what’s happening!

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Spring Has Sprung at Smoke in the Mountains Pottery!

Hello Everybody! Cory Marie here, one of Rob’s assistants. Spring is booming out here in the mountains. Dogwoods, peach trees, wisteria – it’s beautiful. Lots has been going on around here! We are excited to launch our new website and Esty Store. Yep! Smoke in the Mountains Pottery just stepped into the weird intangible world of the internet. The good news is that you can keep up with all the latest news right here, and you can shop for original Rob the Potter pieces from anywhere in the world. Please take a look at our new store when you get a moment: Smoke in the Mountains Etsy Store.

Here is the peach tree in all its splendor by the Smoke in the Mountains Pottery Wood Kiln:

Wood Kiln Blooms

Smoke in the Bloom Bloom!

Hello Friends!

Welcome to Smoke In The Mountains Pottery’s online home and blog. That smoke rising from Brasstown’s mountain valley is Rob the Potter busy preparing for spring by making many of his popular ceramic items while also excited to show case new items. Check out the wood kiln, browse some of the pottery, or celebrate with a face mug party!

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