A couple of weekends ago, Neal and I had the pleasure of visiting Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is a beautiful town nestled on the mountains where strolling Main Street is a pleasure. As we walked along the sidewalks and peered into windows, we stumbled across a wonderful shop, “Bolick and Traditions Pottery.” North Carolina is a treasure trove for great pottery, and this shop was a find.
Owned by Janet and Michael Calhoun, the shop unites three potters from the Owens Family: Bolick, Traditions, and the Original Owens Pottery. The Owens family of potters dates back to the mid-19th century. The family history marks generations of potters that have handed down their skills.
The red pottery is outstanding as well as the traditional-colored pottery, but what really drew me in to the store was the blue pottery. As you all know, I have a passion for the color blue. So it should come as no surprise that I immediately went to the fabulous display and found many shades of blue that I adored. Neal and I each selected mugs from the blue assortment. Men love mugs with big handles, and Neal found just the fit. I admire beautiful pottery and can only imagine the thrill of seeing a piece start with the clay and, with several steps, become a finished piece.
The shop is sure to become one of your favorite stops if you find yourself in the quaint village of Blowing Rock. Their website is www.traditionspottery.com if you would like to see their offerings.
Do you collect pottery? If so, who is your favorite artisan?