Hello! I am Fred Ellis.
Sit down for a minute and let me tell you the story
of Something Southern Pottery...
pottery adventure began in 1994 when Laura and I,
spent a lot of our off duty time from work going to
arts and crafts fairs. Laura was into stained glass,
fused glass and drawing. I was into anything that
could be made or shaped by hand, wood turning, glass
blowing, candle making and most especially clay
work. Every time I saw a potter at
work, I would just stand
and watch. Laura got so tired of hearing how I
thought it would be fun and I would like to try it. I came in from work one day and she pointed to a
news paper that was stuck to the refrigerator door.
It was a full page ad about a pottery class that was
being offered. My
reply was rather off handed that it looked like fun.
Laura said that
she hoped so, that I started Monday.
And that was how I
started and where I met Bob Fazio, an
Art Instructor and
potter. Bob had
studied under Charles Counts, a world renowned
potter and author. I truly fell in love with clay
the first time I felt it slip through me fingers on
For the next 4 years
it was a hobby and I made pots in our house. I
bought a wheel and a used kiln. As retirement
approached I began to wonder what next. I decided to
take some more instruction and signed up to study
with Stephen Jepson in Geneva Florida. After
retirement,Laura and I decided to take our pottery
on the road. We combined Laura's gift basket
business and the pottery and became Something
Southern Pottery. We signed up for some small Art
and Craft shows and now do about 20 a year. We also
have some gift shops and art galleries that carry
our pottery. Please see our list of events and visit
us when you are in the area.
About Our Pottery
use a stoneware clay fired to approximately 2200
degrees. Fred mixes all of our glazes and slips in
the studio, and none of our glazes use any lead. All
kitchen pots are food, dishwasher, oven and micro
wave safe. We try to make a useful item and at the
same time one that gives visual pleasure. We make
decorative functional pottery for kitchen and
We also make one of a
kind items for decorative uses and visual pleasure.
Laura and I continue to try and bring new ideas and
applications to our pottery. We studied in the UK
last summer with Seth Cardew, a world renowned
potter. Please see our pictures on Wenford Bridge
Pottery and check out our link to
Web Site. We were able to incorporate some of the
techniques into our one of a kind slip decorated
pots. This summer we are taking a class at John C.
Campbell Folk School and hope to learn some new
techniques, and just maybe come up with a new idea
or application. We will continue to try and bring
our patrons something new and fresh, but continue to
offer our established lines. There are so many types
of pottery and decorative techniques to try we will
need more than one life time to even get started...
our site and happy viewing and shopping!
& Laura Ellis
Something Southern Pottery