By Michele Dotson
If you love pottery, there is no doubt that Mint Hill is the place to be.
Working quietly in home studios, garages, and even an historic log cabin, these clay artists are giving the town a reputation for quality, functional and artistic clay works.
“Pineville is known for its antiques,” says potter Charles Beard (better known as Doc). “I think Mint Hill should be known for its pottery.”
Doc, who owns Log Cabin Pottery on Lebanon Road has seen an increase in interest for the pottery he creates, and the two other potters who share his space.
“We do this because we love it,” he says. “Most everything we raise goes to our churches.”
Beard later turned the cabin into the pottery studio where he and good friends Louise Edwards and Judy Payne share creative space and some very good times.
“We all do different things,” says Edwards. “I do all kinds of mugs, but I really love to do bowls. I also do tea pots, and a little bit of everything.”
The front room of the cabin acts as the showroom where visitors will find all kinds of pottery, and ceramic arts, including jewelry. The shelves are full of pottery for every taste.
Among other ceramic pieces, Payne, whose daughter is deaf, makes jewelry with etchings of the international sign language symbol for “I Love You” carved into them.
“They’re big sellers,” says Payne. “People just love them.”
“We’re here most afternoons,” says Doc. “We just got an ‘Open’ sign and we’ll put that out whenever someone is here.”
Besides looking and shopping and buying, visitors will enjoy the company immensely.
With the artists on site to answer questions, show you around, and share some stories, making a visit to Log Cabin Pottery is a must do.
Just look for the sign.
Log Cabin Pottery is located at 5224 Lebanon Road.
This is part I in a series about local potters in the Mint Hill area who are part of a vast network of artists who specialize in ceramic arts.