Business Name: Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio
Owner: Stephanie Anne Martin & Katherine Hanks McAlister
Location: Chattanooga, TN; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @anniehankstudio
Offerings: carafes, jugs, tumblers, mugs, plates, platters, serving pieces, wine glasses, sculptural pieces
What They Have to Say: "The ceramic work created within Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio is made collaboratively by Stephanie Anne Martin and Katherine Hanks. A modernist aesthetic characterizes Annie Hanks utilitarian and fine-artwork which often resembles human and feminine form, horizon, and landscape. The porcelain and stoneware work is thrown and finessed by the hands of both women, enhanced by handmade and individually embellished crystalline glazes, and fired in an oxidation atmosphere in their Chattanooga, Tennessee studio.
Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio is a private, production ceramic studio, providing dishwasher and microwave-safe, lead and barium-free pottery. Annie Hanks Ceramics offers small business custom orders, gift registries, a distinguished fine art line, unique utilitarian, wheel-thrown pottery, and shipping across the US."
Business Name: Carlisle Ceramics
Owner: Carlisle Harris
Location: Asheville, NC; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @carlisleceramics
Offerings: carafes, planters, vases, tumblers, bowls & platters, cheese boards
What They Have to Say: "Simple. Functional. Ceramics.
Taking heavy influence from the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, I use earth tones and minimalist designs to create unique pieces that showcase the beauty of imperfection. My ceramics are hand made, left with marks of the hand, with the intention of looking like they already have a history. Stimulating yet meditative, I make art from emotion and experience. Every day inspires something new and is channeled into each individual piece."
Business Name: HB Clay
Owner: Hannah Barry
Location: Asheville, NC; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @hannahbbarry
Offerings: blates, bowls, vases, planters, drinkware
What They Have to Say: "HB Clay centers on the handmade processes of ceramic objects to restore moments for self-connection through intentional design. Exploring skills and techniques of current makers and pottery pioneers, HB Clay produces small-batch forms to preserve the inherent nature of this craft. As a one-lady-operation, HB Clay creates simple and functional wares to continue this cultural and creative enrichment."
My Personal Favorites: BLATES!!! Literally the best invention since sliced-bread, and HB Clay does 'em right. Also, Hannah made all of the vases for the flowers at our wedding, and they are stunning! Grab a vase if ya can.
Business Name: Libbie Rothschild Sculpture
Owner: Libbie Rothschild
Location: Atlanta, GA; available for purchase online & locally at Huff Harrington in Atlanta, Anne Neilson in Charlotte, Blue Print in Dallas, and Highland Gallerie in Columbus, GA
Instagram Handle: @libbierothschildsclupture
Offerings: uniquely formed bowls, planters, and platters
What They Have to Say: "Libbie Rothschild is a sculptor in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A. in sculpture and an emphasis in ceramics. Libbie focuses on functional shapes influenced by nature and believes allowing the medium to take its own organic shape and texture is where the beauty lies."
My Personal Favorites: matte-glazed bowls! I'm dying for one in a neutral tone for my coffee table
Business Name: Mollie Jenkins Pottery
Owner: Mollie Jenkins
Location: Columbus, GA; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @molliejenkinspottery
Offerings: bowls, mugs, plates, lamps, kitchen-wares, provisions, vases, pitchers, serving pieces & platters, seasonal gifts like ghosts at Halloween and ornaments at Christmas
What They Have to Say: "I was first introduced to pottery during my Senior year of high school, and continued my education in ceramics at Auburn University where I graduated in 2015. Shortly after graduating I moved my new operation to Nashville, TN where I began to sell my work and continually grow my production process. As of August 2017, I am officially located in my hometown of Columbus, GA. Although my initial product line was focused on dinnerware, I have since expanded that line into other household items that I find add greater depth to the range of my products. In order to fulfill this desire for function, each piece is carefully weighted and trimmed in order to maintain consistency in each lot. Mollie Jenkins Pottery is hand thrown on a pottery wheel, which results in every piece being inherently unique. Although hand throwing each piece results in a subtle uniqueness that could not be replicated otherwise, the functionality of my pieces are of utmost importance to me. To enhance the uniqueness of each item, after the completion of making each piece, the product is then glazed in house-mixed glazes which allow for a distinction in this pottery. My ultimate goal is that each piece I make be enjoyed equally in use as well as in decoration."
My Personal Favorites: oh gosh where to begin? I've been lucky enough to snag a huge bowl we have on our dining room table, a spoon rest we use daily, tumblers with thumb indentions I'm obsessed with, a few vases, a berry bowl, and I think the next think I have my eye on are the pasta bowls
Ceramics and earthenware are honestly the best gifts for anyone on your list because you know they'll be USED & LOVED! And who doesn't love that about gift-giving? Giving someone something functional! I'm hoping to load up from some of these makers for my own list!
Housekeeping note: This Friday 10/18 is the LAST DAY for custom order inquiries for 2019. To get started on your custom piece, please fill out this form. Friday 10/18 is also the last day for Ornament pre-sales. Only a handful of each design will be made this year, and I'm taking pre-orders early. All pre-orders will begin shipping the first week of November, and any ornaments left after pre-order will be available for purchase with immediate shipping on the site November 7, 2019.